The Chevrolet Corvette has always been the best representation of American sports car prowess, and with the arrival of the C8 Corvette, we finally have a supercar capable of competing with the world's fastest cars, but has this quest for power made the Corvette forget its American roots?
Some like to think that question is irrelevant because it still wears the Corvette badge, has a V8, and powers the rear wheels. According to the 2019 Auto Index from American University, the Corvette is 68 per cent American made. While there are other statistics in this study that address the assembly process and research, I'm looking strictly at parts content percentages. So without further ado, let's dive in.
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (69 per cent American made)
While the Corvette is a great representation of American engineering in terms of the ultimate racetrack weapon, much like an Olympic athlete, it doesn't fully represent all Americans. Enter The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This 707-horsepower, 5363-lb, five-passenger, leather-lined SUV is a better representation of what people are driving around on a regular basis. If only Chevy made a Corvette SUV, then maybe they could've beaten out the Grand Cherokee in terms of American-Made parts.
2. Honda Civic Coupe (70 per cent American made)
A Honda is the last car you'd expect to see on this list, if you've been living under a rock for nearly four decades. Honda has been building the Accord here since 1982, but the Civic's US-production didn't start until 1986. That being said, today's tenth-generation Civic is built in Greensburg, Indiana while the coupe is built in Ontario, because the Auto Index merges US and Canada made parts, that places the Civic coupe here on the list.
3. Jeep Wrangler (73-74 per cent American made)
The Jeep Wrangler is America's go anywhere vehicle. With V6 and turbo four-cylinder power, and soon a plug-in hybrid, the Wrangler is an American icon in every way. The Wrangler has been built in the US since its conception back in 1940. The Wrangler continues to be a sales success for FCA, and is their second-most American-Made vehicle.
4. Acura MDX A-Spec (75 per cent American made)
This one shocked me as well, but the MDX was originally designed for the US market when it came out in 2001, so logically it would source a lot of its parts from here as well. The latest generation MDX has been on sale since 2013, where it was built in Lincoln, Alabama, but manufacturing moved to the East Liberty plant in Marysville, Ohio after its 2017 facelift. The MDX's 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic are also built in the US as well.
5. Dodge Grand Caravan (76 per cent American made)
Chrysler's original golden child, the Dodge Grand Caravan tops this list for the second year in a row. The Grand Caravan has claimed this position simply because of FCA's lack of changes to the Grand Caravan, other companies have changed their vehicles so much, and many models have been cut, that the Grand Caravan claims the top spot on this spot by attrition.
Before You Go Crazy In The Comments....
It should be said that this list includes a Top Dead Center index that focuses on whether or not the company's headquarters, factory, etc are in the US, and in regards to that index, the Corvette comes out on top, but I wouldn't say that that makes the vehicle itself anymore American. Honda has an American Headquarters that employs Americans and manufacturing facilities here that produce everything from the Civic's 1.5-liter four cylinder, to the Acura NSX.
Sometimes being in the spotlight has its downsides, and people are always looking to take down the guy on top, in this case, the American Dream Machine plays second fiddle to a Honda Civic and a minivan that has been in production, without major updates since 2011. Do with that what you will.
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