Cars You Didn't Know Were Made in America Nov 24, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
Today, cars from Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler are made in Canada and Mexico while some foreign cars are built in America. It’s not just final assembly, either. International automakers are investing in research, design, and manufacturing, across the country. Don’t just look at the badge—these top-selling foreign cars were made in America.
1. 2016 Honda Accord: 81% American Content
While vehicles from Buick, GMC, Ford, and Chevrolet top the list, the top-selling Honda Accord isn’t far behind. 81% of the Accord is manufactured in America according to the Kogod School of Business Auto Index. It turns out Honda was the first Japanese automaker to build a production facility in the United States, located in Marysville, Ohio. In 1982, the first car to roll off the assembly line the Honda Accord. It quickly became the top-selling Japanese car in the United States for fifteen years—offering a combination of durability, comfort, and price. Part of that winning combination was the Marysville Auto Plant—one of the most integrated factories in America, combining design, engineering, production, and assembly in Ohio. Larger and more luxurious than its humble ancestor, the 2016 Accord is chasing the Camry for the title of America’s top-selling car.
2. 2016 Toyota Camry: 78.5% American Content
America’s best-selling car since 2001 is actually made in America. Despite coming from Toyota, the Camry is built in Georgetown by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. While it was once an import, Toyota moved production to Georgetown in 1989. Now, the facility is the largest Toyota auto plant outside of Japan. It needed to grow to meet demand for the incredibly popular vehicle—which has grown, in turn, from a narrow-bodied compact to a wide-bodied midsize that sells better in America than it does in its home country. In fact, the Camry is now known as a luxury vehicle in China and Southeast Asia. But the original model manufactured in Kentucky is the same best-selling combination of reliability, economy, and simplicity.
3. 2016 Honda Pilot: 78.5% American Content
While it might not sell as much as some of its domestic rivals, that doesn’t mean that the Honda Pilot isn’t built in the United States. 136,000 Honda Pilots rolled off the line in Lincoln, Alabama in 2015 with just as many expected by the end of 2016. The midsize crossover has room for three rows of seating and a 3.5L V6 that are designed for the domestic market. Production began in 2004 at the brand-new factory in Lincoln.The facility not only assembles the vehicles but has die-casting and machining shops for the engines. Established in 2001 as Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the automaker now manufactures the Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Acura MDX in Alabama.
4. 2016 Toyota Sienna/2016 Honda Odyssey: 78.5% American Content
The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey minivans are neck and neck in sales, features, and domestic content. Honda originally designed the Odyssey in Japan as a smaller vehicle for a smaller market. It did poorly in the United States until production was moved to Lincoln in 2001. Larger and more powerful than its Japanese predecessor, the current Odyssey has top scores in safety and customer satisfaction. But it still hasn’t edged out the Toyota Sienna. The Sienna was the successful replacement for the underpowered and undersized four-cylinder Toyota Previa sold from 1990-1997. Introduced in 2003, the American Sienna was much better suited to the minivan market. It is now built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Gibson County. Toyota established TMMI in 1996 and now makes the Sequoia, Highlander, and Sienna. If you are looking for a new minivan, either of these vehicles is made in America—you just need to look for the best price and the best features.
5. 2016 Honda CR-V: 76% American Content
Honda started production of the CR-V to the East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio in 2007. The massive auto plant opened in 1989 and now makes the Honda CR-V and Acura RDX. While the popular crossover is manufactured and sold around the world, Honda produces domestic models in Ohio. Americans want them almost as soon as they roll off the line: the Honda CR-V is the best-selling crossover in the United States with 345,647 sales in 2015 and just as many are expected in 2016. Fuel economy, space, decent handling, and friendly style keep customers coming back for more crossovers.
There are even more than these top sellers! Perillo Discount Service Center put together a list of the foreign cars that were made in America, including more vehicles from Honda, Toyota, and Acura. While these companies take some of their profits home, they also reinvest their earnings in more local jobs, research, and construction. If you want a car that’s made in America, don’t just look at the badge.