You might think you know an American car when you see it.
But in a complex auto industry with parts sourced from all over the world, the badge on the front is only part of the story.
These and other factors are taken into account in Cars.com’s American-made index, which ranks the most American 2018 model-year vehicles on the market.
The Jeep Cherokee, put together with 72 percent domestic parts in Belvidere, Illinois, flies the flag in first place. And while the inclusion of such an iconic U.S. brand (though under the wing of European-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) may not surprise, the top 10 also contains four vehicles from Japanese nameplates.
The Honda Odyssey and Honda Ridgeline, built in Lincoln, Alabama, take slots two and three as examples of a foreign carmaker that has not only manufactured these cars in America, but done so using more U.S.-sourced parts than are found in most other vehicles.
Honda’s Pilot and the Acura MDX feature, too, and vehicles from Detroit-based Ford and General Motors complete the 10.
Cars.com analyzed more than 100 American-made vehicles in order to put together its list.
2018 American-made Index (including place of assembly)
- Jeep Cherokee – Belvidere, Illinois
- Honda Odyssey – Lincoln, Alabama
- Honda Ridgeline – Lincoln, Alabama
- Ford Taurus – Chicago, Illinois
- Chevrolet Volt – Detroit, Michigan
- Honda Pilot – Lincoln, Alabama
- Acura MDX – East Liberty, Ohio
- Ford Explorer – Chicago, Illinois
- Ford F-150 – Claycomo, Montana, and Dearborn, Michigan
- Chevrolet Corvette – Bowling Green, Kentucky
The American-made index, now in its twelfth year, is also a measure of which cars support most American jobs, and helps car shoppers who want to support the economy make an informed choice.
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