It used to be so simple: Ford, GM and Chrysler built cars in the United States, as did American Motors. Then Volkswagen set up shop in the United States, followed in no particular order by Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu, Honda, Toyota and Mazda, to name but a few. VW pulled out of the U.S. market, but now they’re back with a new plant in Chattanooga, TN. Hyundai and sister company Kia are running plants in Alabama and Georgia near capacity, trying to build enough cars to meet demand in the United States. Determining what cars are made here versus built out of the country can be a daunting task, so Consumer Reports compiled a list of manufacturers and their U.S. built models.
The Consumer Reports list also advises how many made-in-the-U.S.A. cars get a recommendation from them, but we’re not going down that particular path. Instead, here’s a list of the ten automakers with the highest number of U.S. built vehicles. Some come as no surprise, but others were a bit of a shock, even to me.
1. Chevrolet, with 12 models built in the U.S.
2. Ford, with 12 models built in the U.S.
3. Toyota, with 9 models built in the U.S.
4. GMC, with 8 models built in the U.S.
5. Honda, with 8 models built in the U.S.
6. Nissan, with 7 models built in the U.S.
7. Jeep, with 5 models built in the U.S.
8. Dodge, with 4 models built in the U.S.
9. Cadillac, with 4 models built in the U.S.
10. Mercedes-Benz, with 4 models built in the U.S.
If you’re looking for Buick, they’ve only got 3 models built here. Chrysler has only 1 and Ram isn’t much better with 2. Lincoln also has 2, as does Mazda. Next time you’re out shopping for a new car, take a look at the Monroney label in the window: your car may be better travelled than you think it is.
Source: Consumer Reports