Amid the American flags and fireworks, the Fourth of July may make you want to be sure your next car will be made in the USA. But in this era of globalization, deciding which cars deserve that label is trickier than ever.
An index calculated by an American University professor takes all those factors into account — not only parts and assembly but where the parent company is based and where research and development is done. The result is higher rankings for cars made by General Motors (GM). Ford Motor (F) is second. Chrysler Group, part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) now, ties with Honda and Toyota for the number of vehicles in the top 10.
Frank DuBois, a professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business and an expert on the global supply chain, notes that his index goes beyond the data required by the American Automotive Labeling Act, which includes both U.S. and Canadian manufacture as “American” parts for its ranking. “A vehicle’s domestic manufacturing composition plays a key role in determining its overall impact on the American economy,” said DuBois.
We know shoppers want not only an American-made car but one that looks good, performs well and fits their needs. So we looked at seven categories of vehicles for models that scored 75 or above (out of a possible 100) in the Kogod Made in America Auto Index and that also ranked well in reviews compiled by U.S. News Best Cars.
Click ahead for a closer look at these models.