they're not what you'd expect
These Are the Most American Cars and Trucks On Sale
“Buy American.” It’s a saying with deep roots in the national psyche, a two-word phrase that unites patriotism and capitalism into a single expression. Well-made products can be built anywhere, of course, but we take special pride in those goods made right here in the U.S.A. And that goes double for cars, where brand loyalties can run thick as blood and companies often define themselves as much on their country of origin as they do any other trait.
But badges, like looks, can be deceiving. Many cars made by Detroit’s Big Three are actually assembled abroad, while plenty of vehicles coming from companies headquartered in other countries are screwed together right here between sea and shining sea. To help cut through the confusion, the folks at Cars.com have put together a list of the new cars and trucks on sale today that qualify as the most American-made rides you can buy off a showroom floor, based on both where they’re built and where the parts used to make them come from.
As it turns out, American brands make up only four of the top 10 cars and trucks on the list. (And in fact, one of them isn’t represented there at all; Ford doesn’t even show up until spot no. 13.) The other six, interestingly enough, not only come from a “foreign” brand, they all come from the same automaker: Honda. The carmaker pops up again once more before the 15-car-strong list wraps up, giving it nearly half the entries on the list between its Honda and Acura brands. Toyota comes in strong at the end, as well — thus giving Japanese automakers 60% of all the most American-made cars and trucks on sale today.
The complete list of the 15 most American-made vehicles, starting with the most American and working on down: