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The Most American Cars of 2018


The Freedom to Choose the Most American Cars

Do you fly your American flag every chance you get? Are you as free as Ron Swanson, only living off steak and single-malt whiskey? Well then, there’s only one thing left to ask. How American is your car?

We’re diving into the allegiance of some of the most well-known cars in America to determine which vehicle is truly American Made.

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American Made, Inside and Out

While some automotive reporters list the most American cars based solely on factory employment numbers or the origin of a few parts, the Kogod School of Business takes it a step further. This list considers profit margin, general labor, research and development, origin of major parts, inventory, capital, other expenses, and more to determine the “Total Domestic Content.” Their research is exhaustive, giving consumers a reliable idea of how “American” a car is.

Sidenote: Since we’re only halfway through 2019, there’s not enough data on this year’s models, but we’re giving you a look into what 2018 vehicles were truly the most American to see if your vehicle stacks up.

To see the original and complete list, check out the 2018 Kogod Made in American Auto Index.

The Truth About American Muscle

We’ve all heard the phrase “American Muscle” before. This term was given to high-performance cars made in the 1960s and 1970s and it has stuck ever since. What many don’t realize is that these “American” muscle cars aren’t always that American. These iconic cars have become symbolic of the U.S. motto of freedom and power, but do they count as American Made?

See if your idea of Made in the USA matches up with the highest ranking American Made vehicles.

Top 4 Most American Muscle Cars of 2018

Chevrolet Corvette 67%
Dodge Charger 63%
Chevrolet Camaro 57%
Ford Mustang 56%

% = Percent of US/Canadian content from Kogod School of Business.

1. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette A/T – 67%

2018 Chevrolet Corvette
2018 Chevrolet Corvette on Carsforsale.com

Chevrolet’s Corvette A/T takes the cake for the most American muscle car made in 2018. Corvettes became a popular muscle car after its release in 1953. It became one of the first American cars to enter into a predominantly European sports car market. It slowly started the muscle car movement before it became what it is today. And nothing says freedom like driving down a dirt road with the top down at top speed, right?

2. 2018 Dodge Charger – 63%

2018 Dodge Charger
2018 Dodge Charger on Carsforsale.com

Surprisingly, the Dodge Charger is one of the most American Made muscle cars today. You probably remember seeing a Dodge Charger in some movie memories like Dukes of Hazzard, Bullitt, and Blade. With 63% of this car being made in the U.S., we’re giving it American Made status.

3. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro — 57%

2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 Chevrolet Camaro on Carsforsale.com

Another “American Classic” is the Chevy Camaro. Camaros are featured in some of the most memorable American movies like Remember the Titans, the original Transformers, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. At least it’s more American than its not, right?

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4. 2018 Ford Mustang — 56%

2018 Ford Mustang
2018 Ford Mustang on Carsforsale.com

Ford’s Mustang has been a resounding symbol of American power and speed since its inception in 1964. But the 2018 Mustang is only about 56% American made. Be happy you didn’t place your bet on this pony for the most American Made car.

Top 5 Most American Cars of 2018

Dodge Grand Caravan 76%
Honda Odyssey & Ridgeline 75%
Jeep Wrangler 73%
Acura MDX & TLX 70%
Ford F-150 65%

% = Percent of US/Canadian content from Kogod School of Business.

1. Dodge Grand Caravan – 76%

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan on Carsforsale.com

What might bum some Americans out is the fact that most American Made vehicle of 2018 was the Grand Caravan, a mini-van! For all the soccer mom’s out there, you can rejoice in knowing that you supported the lives and jobs of Americans everywhere! 

2. Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline – 75%

2018 Honda Odyssey & Ridgeline
2018 Honda Odyssey & Ridgeline on Carsforsale.com

Honda’s Odyssey (mini-van) and Ridgeline (mid-size truck) take second place in the USA-made category. With 75% of each vehicle made in the U.S., Honda, although headquartered in Japan, is becoming more of an American company than you would think.

3. Jeep Wrangler – 73%

2018 Jeep Wrangler
2018 Jeep Wrangler on Carsforsale.com

Jeep Wranglers are some of the most popular vehicles on U.S. roads today. With high demand in the United States, Jeep has delivered on a truly American car that many patriots remain loyal to.

4. Acura MDX and TLX – 70%

2018 Acura MDX and TLX
2018 Acura MDX and TLX on Carsforsale.com

Both the Acura MDX and TLX are U.S. family favorites. The MDX is considered a luxury crossover, while the TLX is the upgraded replacement of the previous TSX car. While Acura isn’t the first brand to come to mind when we say American cars, these two vehicles make it in the top 5 of most American cars.

5. Ford F-150 2WD/4WD – 65%

2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150 on Carsforsale.com

You can’t spell American without truck. See look: Ameri(truck)can. Shh, it’s in there. Trust me. Ford’s F-150 has been in the top five most American made vehicles for several years and 2018 was no different.

Made in the U.S.A (Kinda)

Were you surprised to see that many of the classic American cars weren’t as high in U.S. content as some of the more modern, everyday drivers? Today’s car manufacturing processes are much different than those of the past, but it’s interesting to see what companies have a large stake of their process in the U.S. From American Muscle to American Functionality, there are still cars on the road that can be truly called American made.

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Erin Maxson

Erin loves nothing more than a good road trip. To her, getting behind the wheel is one of the biggest adventures you can take because it can lead to anywhere. Alongside her Toyota Tundra, you'll find her co-pilot pup, Rory, and a 1976 Airstream Argosy in tow. Her motto: Life is a scenic road, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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