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The Most American Cars of 2016

most american cars of 2016

Looking to make a patriotic purchase? While some make lists of the most American cars considering just factory employment numbers or the origin of a few parts, the Kogod School of Business took 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 2016 car will be.

With Buick, Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC dominating the list of most American cars of 2016, General Motors is arguably the most American car manufacturer this year. Other prominent most-American car models were created by Ford, Honda, Toyota, Lincoln, and Jeep.

To see the original and complete list, check out the 2016 Kogod Made in American Auto Index.

Top 10 Most American Cars of 2016

% = Percent of domestic content

1. Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia90%

2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

©General Motors

2. Ford F-15085%

2016 Ford F-150

3. Chevrolet Corvette83%

2016 Chevrolet Corvette

©General Motors

4. Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, Buick LaCrosse82.5%

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

©General Motors

5. Honda Accord81%

2016 Honda Accord Sedan Touring

6. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Ford Taurus, Buick Verano, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Colorado80.5%

2016 Jeep Wrangler

7. Ford Explorer, Ford Mustang, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro80%

2016 Ford Explorer

8. Jeep Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Camry78.5%

2016 Jeep Cherokee

9. Ford Expedition77.5%

2016 Ford Expedition

10. Chrysler 200, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln Navigator, Acura RDX, Honda CR-V, Honda Civic, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Avalon76%

2016 Chrysler 200

Least American Cars of 2016

Scroll to the bottom of the list, and you’ll find tons of car models that are popular in the US with less than 1% domestic content. Some car makers have models that are almost all-American, and others that are completely non-American. For example, the Toyota Camry and Sienna contain 78.5% domestic content, while the Toyota Prius C, 4Runner, and Yaris have 1% domestic content. Below are a brands that, in 2016, have many cars with almost no American content.

  • Toyota
  • Scion
  • Lexus
  • Subaru
  • Nissan
  • Infiniti
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mazda
Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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