This one is baffling in that the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is neither a car nor made in the U.S. It's made in Canada, a country good for maple syrup, cordiality, and housing the French during the French and Indian War. But with 80 percent of its content coming from the U.S. or Canada, its engine coming from the U.S. or Mexico, and its transmission coming from the States, the Grand Caravan is about as American as they come these days, even if it says "Eh" after all of its sentences.
Descendants of America's founders created the Sons of the American Revolution in 1876—a century after the American Revolution. After its founding, it was moved to Louisville, Kentucky. Coincidentally, the Ford Expedition also relocated to Louisville, with 80 percent of its parts coming from North America for production. The big SUV has a unique independent rear suspension and can comfortably seat up to eight passengers in EL guise. It's a likeable beast, but it could use a bit of freshening, as it's been on the market since 2007 without many changes. Perhaps it could use a little bit of a revolution of its own.
In the Battle of Savannah in 1779, the British went on the offensive, appealing to loyalists in the debtor colony of Georgia as well as native Americans fed up with the colonialists. The British would control the region for three more years. Perhaps, it's best to forget about this one, much like the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, which isn't quite spelled correctly. Though 80 percent sourced from the U.S. and Canada, the commercial van is also overwhelmed with newer competition coming from foreign lands. While every other automaker has said it plans to replace their full-size vans with newer and more modern rivals, if they haven't done so already, Chevrolet and GMC have so far committed to staying the course with their offerings.
What's this doing here? It's a Japanese car best known for being called the "Japanese Buick" for its ride and refinement. Lest you forget, much of our country's exceptionalism comes from adopting the best from any culture that may come to this great land. The 2013 Toyota Avalon is essentially a stretched Toyota Camry that's especially designed for North America. Built in Georgetown, Kentucky, the Avalon creeps close to Lexus levels of quality at Toyota-like prices. And it adheres closely to the great tradition of the American land yacht. We'll grant this one citizenship.
The full-size Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia crossovers were the first to settle into their segment, gaining accolades for their space and relative efficiency given their rugged appearances. Five model years on, this refined Michigan-made trio sources 77 percent of its parts from North America and is sold primarily on this continent for this continent. So there are still such things as American cars, at least in spirit. And if that spirit is something close to the old three-row station wagons that dominated roadtrips for decades, the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia have the formula nailed.
Made in Lincoln, Alabama, you may think that the 2013 Honda Odyssey's hometown was named after a certain 16th president. In fact, Lincoln is called such for General Benjamin Lincoln, the man who oversaw the British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown and would later lead a militia to suppress Shays' Rebellion in 1787, one of the events that led to the demise of the Articles of Confederation and adoption of the Constitution. If you think that's a lot to cover, you could probably get through much of the same history lesson while reading a book in the back of the Honda Odyssey, or watch a video on the van's entertainment system. Like Lincoln, the Odyssey is also good at cleaning up messes. For 2014, it's getting a class-exclusive HondaVac built-in vacuum.
Hardly the prettiest car ever made in East Liberty, Ohio, much less anywhere else, the 2013 Honda Crosstour started life as a crossover Accord with an overly ambitious design staff who didn't know when to stop. Seventy-five percent of its parts are sourced from the U.S., which isn't surprising given that Honda has had consistent roots in production in this country since 1982. The new Crosstour comes powered by a 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 horsepower. Paul Revere was able to outrun the British, but even with all that power, the Crosstour can't outrun ugly.
The first Chrysler product to wear the name "Avenger" was a British Hillman, which makes the fact that the current Dodge Avenger one of the most American cars on the road today all the more ironic for this story. Chrysler Europe absorbed Hillman's parent company and kept the name to use for future products that would come to the U.S. as Dodges. The current Dodge Avenger is built with 75 percent of its parts coming from the U.S., currently built in Sterling Heights, Michigan. There are some versions more American than others, though, as Chrysler builds engines for the Avenger in both Michigan and Mexico.
There's virtually nothing more American than the full-size pickup truck. Seeing a Ford F-150 on the road, you could get the impression that it comes with a 10-gallon hat and a country music CD preloaded. The only problem is, you have to make sure you're getting one of the models built in Michigan or Missouri, as it's also built in both Mexico and Venezuela. Powered by everything from a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 to a 5.0- or even 6.2-liter V-8, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for more than three decades. While the smaller Ford Ranger has left our shores to be built abroad and sold all over the world, the F-Series pickup trucks remain a uniquely American icon, so much so that sometimes even foreign auto journalists come to the U.S. just to drive the truck and see what its appeal is.
Rounding out our top 10 is the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which we suspect may go up a little on next year's list. That's because the AALA's list is based on the outgoing 2013 Chevrolet Impala, which is built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. That leaves a sour taste in our mouths that the 10th-most American car is built in a country that still recognizes the Queen as its leadership. The 2014 model, however, is also built in GM's Detroit Hamtramck assembly plant. Large and beautiful, the Chevrolet Impala is what American cars ought to be: An effortless long-distance cruiser with power aplenty. Whether opting for the eAssist hybrid, 195-horsepower four-cylinder, or 305-horsepower V-6, the new Impala has the power to get you where you want to be, and it looks like something that could only come from the land of liberty.
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that is one nice looking Chevy Impala!!