American-made doesn't mean it's from Detroit
Today is the Fourth of July, when Americans celebrate our independence from British rule. It's a day of barbecue, fireworks, parades and more. Most of which are things that weren't invented by Americans, but that's what makes our culture great: we embrace things that we love and make them American, even if their origins are elsewhere.
Cars are no different. Most of us love our cars, no matter the make or model, and many will argue endlessly over the merits of one car versus another in the same way we argue sports teams, political candidates, food choices, and so on. Yet when the argument turns to "American made," the default is to assume that if it was made by one of the Detroit 3, it's "American."
For nine years now, Cars.com has been running a study of which models made in that model year are the "most American made." The criteria are simple: to make the list as "Made in America," the vehicle must have a minimum of 75 percent American-sourced parts (which by federal definition means the part was made in the U.S. or Canada). Not surprisingly, this narrows the field considerably. Automotive manufacture is, after all, a global effort now.
What will surprise many is that only three of the top ten cars on that list are from Detroit. Two of those three are sports cars, the other is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. The other seven vehicles on the list? They're all Toyota and Honda models.