Japan’s Toyota has the most made-in-the USA car: Camry – USA TODAY
When it comes to finding the maker of the most American of U.S.-made cars — the one that’s built in an American factory with the most domestically produced parts — look no further than Japan.
Toyota and Honda are winning the race when it comes to having vehicles considered the most American, according to Cars.com.
For the second year in a row, the most popular car that is assembled in the U.S. with the required percentage of domestic content is the Toyota Camry, Cars.com’s annual survey shows. The top five vehicles all come from Toyota or Honda.
After the Camry, the list includes the Honda Accord sedan, Toyota Sienna minivan, Honda Odyssey minivan and Honda Pilot SUV.
Only then, in sixth place, does a Detroit Big 3 vehicle make an appearance with the Chevrolet Traverse, a crossover SUV.
The Traverse is then followed by two other General Motors SUVs — GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. All three are made in Lansing, Mich.
In order to make the list, vehicles have to have at least 75% domestic content. Camry, Sienna, Odyssey and Pilot all have 75%. The rest have 80%, says Cars.com.
How is it possible that Toyotas and Hondas can lead a list of the most American cars?
In the case of Camry, it’s scale. As the nation’s best-selling car, it employs the most Americans to make it, says Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s editor in chief.
Also, blame — or perhaps salute — globalization. These days, automakers tend to build vehicles where they sell them, which protects them from currency fluctuations and outcries over imports and trade imbalances. Camry is assembled for U.S. customers at factories in Georgetown, Ky., or Lafayette, Ind. Accord comes from Marysville, Ohio. Parts makers and factories that make other components, like engines and transmissions, tend to cluster near the assembly plants, boosting the number of made-in-the-USA components.
Cars.com’s survey is based on assembly location and percentage of domestically produced parts, along with the popularity of a model. It doesn’t take into account the fact that if a maker is based overseas, that’s where the profits get shipped.
Making matters worse for flag-wavers, the number of cars overall that meet the standards to qualify for the list has been shrinking over the years.
“After reaching an all-time low of just seven cars on the 2015 American-Made Index, this year’s list is up one car, but still remains much smaller than earlier indexes, when the list included nearly 30 eligible cars,” says Olsen in a statement.
Here’s the list:
Rank Make/Model U.S. Assembly Location 2015 Rank
1 Toyota Camry Georgetown, Ky., or Lafayette, Ind. 1
2 Honda Accord Marysville, Ohio –
3 Toyota Sienna Princeton, Ind. 2
4 Honda Odyssey Lincoln, Ala. 4
5 Honda Pilot Lincoln, Ala. –
6 Chevrolet Traverse Lansing, Mich. 3
7 GMC Acadia Lansing, Mich. 5
8 Buick Enclave Lansing, Mich. 6