For the past 11 years cars.com has been compiling their ‘American Made Index’ which lists the top 10 most American made cars on the market; not an easy task in today’s global economy.
U.S. based auto makers like GM, Ford, and Chrysler now source parts from other countries and establish and maintain assembly plants beyond our borders. The same is true for traditionally foreign manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and others who now build cars in the U.S.
The fact is that in today’s global economy, there’s no easy way to determine just how American a car is. Cars.com’s American-Made Index looks at cars on a model-by-model basis, not by manufacturer. It recognizes cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle.
Honda’s four places on this year’s list is nothing new. Last year more than half of the vehicles that made the index were traditionally foreign manufacturers (Honda and Toyota), and they took the the top five spots. In fact, even way back in 2006, the inaugural American Made Index listed the Toyota Camry as the third most American made car.
So, which cars made this year’s list?
#10 Honda Pilot
Squeaking into the number 10 slot is the 2017 Honda Pilot. Assembled in Lincoln Alabama, the Pilot is one of three Honda models to make this year’s list.
#9 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey takes the number nine slot on the American Made Index. Also assembled in Lincoln, Alabama, the Odyssey was number four in last year’s index.
#8 GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia slips one spot on the list from number seven last year to number eight for 2017. The Acadia is assembled in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
#7 Ford Expedition
After being completely absent from last year’s list Ford lands three spots for 2017 with the Expedition taking the number 7 slot. The 2017 Expedition is built in Louisville, Kentucky.
#6 Ford F-150
A dominant force in the American pickup market, the F-150 lands the sixth spot on the American Made Index. The F-150 is built in Dearborn, Michigan and Claycomo, Missouri.
#5 Acura RDX
Honda’s luxury brand missed the list entirely last year, but RDX puts Acura firmly in the middle of the pack for 2017.The Acura RDX is assembled in East Liberty, Ohio.
#4 Honda Ridgeline
The most American made Honda on this year’s list is the Ridgeline pickup. Built in Lincoln, Alabama, this is the Ridgeline’s AMI debut.
#3 Ford Taurus
The third contender from Ford is the Taurus. Built in Chicago, Illinois, the Taurus is the most American made Ford on this year’s list.
#2 Jeep Cherokee
After a conspicuous absence from last year’s list Jeep makes the cut for 2017 with the Cherokee landing firmly in second place. The Jeep Cherokee is built in Belvedere, Illinois and Toledo, Ohio.
#1 Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited
Assembled in Toledo, Ohio, the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited steal the number one spot on the 2017 American Made Index.