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So, which cars are the most American-made?

Cars.com recently released the 2019 American-Made Index (AMI), ranking the top 15 new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy, based on criteria ranging from manufacturing plants and parts sourcing to factory jobs. The results may surprise you.

1. Jeep Cherokee

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Belvidere, Ill.

More stylish than the norm among compact crossover SUVs, the Cherokee–unlike most competitors– is able to venture off road when properly (and expensively) equipped. ConsumerReports gives the Cherokee an overall score of 40-47 and a “poor” reliability rating. CR found it to be solid and quiet, and gave high marks to its infotainment system, V6 towing capacity and off-road abilities. Ground clearance on this compact crossover SUV is 8.7 inches when properly equipped.

2. Honda Odyssey

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Lincoln. Ala.

According to a study of used-car transactions compiled by the website iSeeCars.com, 2.4% of all used Honda Odyssey minivans that tried hands last year had been driven for more than 200,000 miles. This is both a testament to the vehicle’s reliability, and the fact that minivans are arguably the ideal vehicles in which to take the family out on extended road trips when the kids are young, and off to college when they’re grown.

3. Honda Ridgeline

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Lincoln. Ala.

Honda brings back the midsize Ridgeline pickup after a two-year hiatus and gives it more muscular-looking traditional truck-like styling. As before it’s based on the same platform as the Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV (also the Accord sedan), which makes it something of a “crossover” pickup for those with more casual needs. At that it can tow a stalwart 5,000 pounds with all-wheel-drive (front-drive is standard). A 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 280 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The cargo bed is larger than before, and like the previous generation it features a tailgate that can drop open in the conventional manner or swing open like a door, along with locking under-bed storage. The bed can also be fitted with audio “exciters” that turn it into one large speaker for enjoying music al fresco.

4. Honda Passport

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Lincoln. Ala.

You’d be forgiven for reading a spec sheet and thinking that the Passport is just a chopped-up Pilot. The two share an engine and a Platform, but the Passport is geared to a younger and more active audience, kind of like your friend that took a gap year before college to backpack around Europe and teaches kayaking in Idaho. It’s clear that Honda’s on to something with the Passport. The fact that the nameplate has been brought back from the dead and slapped onto something that at least somewhat resembles the original product is impressive enough. The fact that the resulting vehicle is one of the best that Honda’s built-in over a decade is, as they say, a modern marvel.

5. Chevrolet Corvette

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Bowling Green, Ky.

The Corvette is manufactured on an assembly line. Each year, tens of thousands of Corvettes are produced. Ferrari, on the other hand, produced only 7,500 vehicles per year (they have four models). Mass production drives the price of the Corvette down. In fact, the Corvette and Chevy Silverado are produced using similar assembly lines. In short, while the Corvette definitely uses mechanical parts more expensive then other Chevrolet cars, it is simply a more expensive Camaro. Supercar performance only costs $70,000 – you need to tune the engine, improve the brakes, upgrade the material parts, lower the drag coefficient, and viola! You have your sports car. No need for using a microscope to check whether every piece of leather is within ten microns of the specifications.

6. Acura MDX (excludes hybrid variants)

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): East Liberty, Ohio

The MDX looks more menacing than any SUV in this price range has a right to, yet it lacks the unnecessary, annoying bloat of some similar models. The optional A-Trim takes it from a not-unremarkable crossover to a swank ride with blacked-out headlights and taillights, dark chrome installed all over the body, 20-inch grey-painted wheels, body-colored side sills and a shiny pair of extra-large exhaust tips. You won’t wish, when you roll, that you were in Benz’s AMG 63 S. The RDX got a total makeover for this coming year that’s a significant improvement on all levels, particularly its ballsy, aggressive-looking exterior and the A-Spec trim available as well. The RDX, for 2019, finds its V6 replaced with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 7 less horsepower than its predecessor but an additional 28 lb.-ft. of torque.The previous generation’s 6-speed automatic transmission’s been replaced by 10-speed automatic gearbox whose shifting is light as a feather.

7. Honda Pilot

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Lincoln, Ala.

Honda’s large crossover SUV gets a major redesign for 2016 and sheds its notoriously boxy body style for a curvier and more dynamic-looking appearance. A new 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 engine generates 280 horsepower and comes mated to a standard six-speed or, in higher trim levels, a nine-speed automatic transmission. The available all-wheel-drive system not only distributes engine power between the front and rear axles but between the left and right rearwheels for maximum traction over wet roads and through the curves; an Intelligent Traction Management System offers specific operating modes for Snow, Mud and Sand. Inside, a nicely styled cabin can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration, comes with full smartphone connectivity and can be equipped with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. A new Honda Sensing package packs a full array of the latest high-tech safety features.

8. Chevrolet Colorado

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Wentzville, Mo.

The foundering small pickup segment gets a boost with the return of the midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon (pictured) for 2015. Available in extended cab and four-door crew cab versions, a fuel-efficient 2.5-liter 193 horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard for light-duty needs, with a more-capable 302-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 alternately available. Towing capacity is a claimed 6,700 pounds (when properly equipped), which is burly enough to pull a decent-sized camper or boat to the lake. Four-wheel-drive, a locking rear differential and specific off-road and work-related equipment are optional, as are class-exclusive forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems to help drivers avoid getting into crashes.

9. GMC Canyon

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Wentzville, Mo.

Trucks are taking a back seat to passenger cars for the first time in years, and with full-size models continuing to dominate the market segment, sales of compact and midsize pickups like the GMC Canyon (and its equivalent at Chevrolet, the Colorado) are fading fast. In March GMC sold just 941 Canyons, compared to 13,849 units of its full-size Sierra. While this represents a modest increase over 2011, dealer inventories remain clogged, with good deals available to hard-core hagglers.

10. Acura RDX

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): East Liberty, Ohio

The Acura RDX isn’t always at the top of premium buyers’ shopping lists, but the newly-redesigned 2019 model is worth a look. The RDX slots into the Acura lineup below the larger MDX (think more Honda CR-V size than Pilot), but still manages to offer up a comfortable space for a family of four without much to complain about. The A-Spec Package we tested is on the sportier end of the RDX spectrum and certainly brings a more aggressive look with interesting options, but the powertrain is identical to other trim levels.

11. Chevrolet Camaro

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Lansing, Mich.

Chevy takes the venerable Camaro sports coupe/convertibleinto its sixth generation this fall with updated styling and engineering that puts its archrival, the Ford Mustang (itself redesigned for 2015) firmly in its crosshairs. Slightly smaller than before, the Camaro’s overall look is freshbut familiar, retaining its low profile and high belt line but with re-sculpted curves and creases front and rear that help give the car a meaner and more contemporary look. Inside a freshly cast interior features adjustable ambient lighting and dual color displays. For the first time the lineup includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.0-liter version that nets a surprising 275 horsepower. Next step up is a new 3.6-liter V6 that generates a V8-like 355 horses (and without a turbocharger, no less) with active cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. Meanwhile, the top SS coupe and convertible lead the 2016 lineup with a new 6.2-liter small-block V8 that’s rated at 455 horsepower. Each of the three engines can drive the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Selectable driving modes afford as many as eight vehicle driver-adjustable attributes for asmoother ride or more tenacious handling as desired, and an overly aggressive “Track” setting with SS models.

12. Toyota Avalon (excludes hybrid variants)

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Georgetown, Ky.

Redesigned for 2011, the full-size Avalon sedan takes a timeless big-car formula and updates it with contemporary sophistication. A powerful V6 comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’s handsome-looking inside and out and rides smoothly with gentle handling. Average Kelley Blue Book retail prices for 2011 models: $21,900-$23,200. As such, the Avalon is an attractive proposition (grille aside). It’s roomy, comfortable, well equipped and handles competently. If a conventional large sedan is still on your agenda (in this age of crossovers), the Avalon makes a compelling argument for itself.

13. Ford F-150

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Claycomo, Mo., & Dearborn, Mich.

Talk about universal appeal: Ford’s F-150 sits at the number one spot on the lists of best-selling vehicles among both those who make more – and less than – $250,000 a year, according to Edmunds.com. The best never rests, apparently, as Ford showed a revamped 2018 version of the top-selling F-150 pickup truck, with all versions receiving new grilles, headlamps and bumpers for an even bigger and bolder look. Powertrain revisions include a newly offered 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Added high-tech features include a new adaptive cruise control system that works in stop-and-go traffic and a forward auto-braking system with pedestrian detection; the available Blind Spot Information System works with trailers up to 33 feet in length.

14. Honda Accord (excludes hybrid variants)

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): Marysville, Ohio

As a 41-year-old nameplate, now entering its 10th generation, the Honda Accord remains the segment icon. It’s the oldest model in the midsize sedan category, and the Accord’s combination of sales and awards is among the most impressive in automotive history. Honda has sold over 13 million Accords since it launched in the U.S., with 11 million of those built right here. Ask any current or former Honda Accord owner how they feel about the nameplate and you’re going to hear words like quality, reliability, comfort, value and fun-to-drive. This history puts the Accord in rarefied air while putting Honda’s designers and engineers under a bit of pressure whenever the redesign cycle swings around…

15. Toyota Tundra

U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s): San Antonio, Texas

The Tundra is a big, bad, heavy, rumbly bro-mobile stem to stern; good for hauling things, or your dogs, or a mob. Yes, it’s the oldest full-size truck on the market, but it does have a refreshed front end and a new TRD Sport package if you’ve got some extra cash. Often overlooked in a segment that’s dominated by domestic brand-loyal buyers, the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck is nevertheless rugged and reliable, and can tackle the toughest tasks. The truck is handsomely designed, with a roomy and comfortable interior and easygoing ride and handling characteristics. It was last redesigned for 2008 and remains current. As with all big pickups, used Tundras can be found in various cab sizes, bed lengths and mechanical configurations, so shop wisely and according to your specific needs. A 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 was standard in 2008, but that engine is suited only for light-duty applications; a better choice would be either of the two available V8s, a 276-hp 4.7-liter and a 381-hp 5.7-liter. While most versions included a five-speed automatic transmission, those equipped with the largest V8 came with a smoother six-speed version. Available in rear- and 4X4 versions, antilock brakes, stability control and an automatic limited-slip differential for added traction are all standard. If you intend to use the truck for towing, look for models equipped with the optional tailgate-mounted camera that helps improve visibility when hitching a trailer.
 

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Tried to explain the above to one of my brothers who is a "buy American only" type, yet he still didn't quite get it. He bought an "American" SUV that has less American content than any of the above.

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Tried to explain the above to one of my brothers who is a "buy American only" type, yet he still didn't quite get it. He bought an "American" SUV that has less American content than any of the above.

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Which one did he buy? I'm guessing GM because they make a lot of their vehicles in Mexico...even Donald himself still going after them for making vehicles there, which I'm sure he did vote for and didn't vote for the left lol.
 
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