America the Beautiful: The Most American Cars Made Today

Plenty of cars are claimed to be American, but here 10 that actually are.

By Jacob Brown | July 03, 2013
    • I'm feeling patriotic, aren't you? Donning red, white, and blue, sitting by a grill, and watching rockets' red glare and fireworks bursting in air sounds like a good thing to do this time of year. But there are ways to feel a little more American every other day of the year when you're not just thanking your lucky stars and stripes for being in the land of the free and home of the brave with your friends and family. If driving American is one way you choose to show off your patriotism, we have a list for you. We've compiled a list of the 10 most American cars, but they're not necessarily what you think. While sipping on your Budweiser—owned by Belgium's InBev—while sporting your Asian-made Old Navy American flag t-shirt, think about this: What constitutes an American car is now muddled in between parts supplied and assembled all over the world. Thanks to the diligence of the American Automobile Labeling Act, we are able to find out what cars should be booming their "I am a real American" Hulk Hogan music and what cars might as well be Benedict Arnolds with American badges and parts content that's anything but. Here are the most patriotic cars out there today.
    • 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

      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...show more

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      2013 Ford Expedition

      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....show more

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      2013 Chevrolet Express

      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...show more

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      2013 Toyota Avalon

      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...show more

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      2013 Buick Enclave

      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...show more

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      2013 Honda Odyssey

      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...show more

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      2013 Honda Crosstour

      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...show more

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      2013 Dodge Avenger

      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...show more

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      2013 Ford F-150

      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...show more

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      2014 Chevrolet Impala

      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...show more

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