The Most 'American Made' Automobiles You Can Buy in 2019

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
the most american made automobiles you can buy in 2019

While they’re typically a little older than the first time car buyers that usually approach me for advice, there is a subset of individuals that tell me they want to ensure their vehicle is American Made™ and supports the hard working men from country they love. Unfortunately, this usually occurs at the tail of our conversation. We’ve got a price in mind, narrowed down the segment, and are now circling a handful of models they might actually be happy owning. Then they hit me with the regional curveball.

It’s not easy deciding what qualifies as truly American. Sure, I could just rattle off a list of vehicles built inside the United States — and am sometimes forced to — but that doesn’t take into account the multitude of components comprising each model. Such a task would be a monumental undertaking and these discussions usually take place at a drinking establishment, where I’m inclined to get drunk distracted.

Fortunately, Cars.com does an annual rundown of the “most-American” vehicles currently in production with its American-Made Index (AMI) — leaving few stones unturned in its year-long quest for answers.

For the second consecutive year, the Jeep Cherokee took top honors. In fact, most of 2019’s honorees have previously appeared within the 2018 American-Made Index.

“Built with U.S.-sourced engines and transmissions in Belvidere, [Illinois], the Cherokee is the index’s top vehicle for the second year in a row. It also gives FCA the top slot for three years running, as the Jeep Wrangler topped the index in 2017,” the outlet proclaimed.

More familiar faces came in behind the Cherokee, all of them from Honda. The Alabama-baed Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup maintained 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, while the returning (non-Isuzu) Passport took 4th. Honda’s Pilot, which also comes to us via Lincoln, AL, benefited from its physical relationship with the those higher up the list. It occupied the number 7 spot.

Honda wasn’t done, however. Acura’s MDX achieved 6th overall while the RDX squeaked by in 10th place. Both are currently assembled in East Liberty, OH, and use American manufactured powertrains.

Bowling Green’s pride and joy, the Kentucky-fried Chevrolet’s Corvette, took 5th place. General Motors’ only other top 10 entrant was the GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado — sourced from Wentzville, MO.

The general takeaway from this year’s index is that the situation doesn’t appear to have changed much over the last 12 months. Two of the vehicles that qualified in 2018, and didn’t appear for 2019 (Chevy Volt and Ford Taurus), were simply discontinued. Other previous winners were moved down the list but still managed to achieve an evincible place within the American-Made Index. For example, the Ford F-150 held 8th place last year and now rests at 13th.

“We’ve long wondered if the trade landscape would alter the AMI, but what might be surprising about the 2019 index is how little things have changed,” Cars.com explained. “Tensions have reached fever pitch as new duties aim at specific countries or materials, yet the number of models automakers build in the U.S. — and the percentage of cars Americans buy that are domestically built — remain similar today to what they were a year ago.”

For more details on the study and the vehicles mentioned in it, check out the complete 2019 American-Made Index.

[Images: FCA; Honda; Cars.com]

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  • Incautious Incautious on Jun 28, 2019

    What no turdsters? oh that's right less than 50% DC

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Jun 28, 2019

    Most "American Made" should be by 'volume' also. The F-series puts more vehicles on the road than all the other cars that ranked ahead of it... Combined! And it's "F-series" not just the F-150 singled out. Or why would the Super Duty not make the list? The Corvette could be 100% American (US) made, but with only around 20K units made a year, who cares? Thank's GM, but make the Corvette in China and the Silverado/Sierra in the US.

  • Wjtinfwb How does the ICE mid-engine C8 platform work for... anything else? A sedan? SUV? With a mid engine configuration? A mid-engine SUV will have to be Suburban sized to offer the utility of a CRV. GM should dust off the Omega platform designed for the Cadillac CT6 for an SUV/Sedan offering with exceptional handling, Rear or AWD capability and acceptable space utilization. They also need to focus on interior fit & finish, trim choices and high quality final engineering and assembly. What GM doesn't need is another half-baked product with a storied and prestigious badge on the decklid and a premium price on the Monroney. No more Cimarron's, Allante's or X-cars needed to tarnish the reputation of Corvette.
  • InCogKneeToe BUILD It and they will come.By Build It, I mean a Vehicle that the Customer Wants and it works for them. It could be called Chevette for all that that matters. The Mach E's success isn't because it totes the Mustang on it.Just build what people want, the next Caravan/Taurus/Beetle/Maverick (truck).
  • YellowDuck Wait...how do you make a mid-engine crossover? Or even a 4-door coupe? Me not get.
  • 28-Cars-Later Thanks Corey. The head stud job on NOrthSTAR-T was $3K *years ago* as it involves an engine pull so rear wheel arch rust in and of itself isn't a show stopper. I'll be sure to check out the trunk as it may start to add up on deferred maintenance. Supposedly this was garaged so the underneath the rockers etc. should be decent but if those are shot its not gonna work.
  • Mark 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, G4NG engine with connecting rod bearing issues. Engine needs to be replaced, but Hyundai is denying warranty claim. I have all maintenance records from mile zero. It has been in Hyundai Service department 5 time in 4 months. They added the knock sensor and software update to let you know the engine is about to blow up. They kicked the can down the road doing patch work until the car was past the 120k extended extended warranty. I have that documentation too. So how can I join the class action law suit or find a Lawyer that handles these types of issues?
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