When you think of American-made cars, what comes to mind? Sure, muscle cars certainly made America back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, but today’s America is starkly different.
What if I told you the top American-made vehicle was an offroad enthusiast’s dream. That’s right: the Jeep Wrangler.
The annual assessment of American-made cars by Cars.com has announced its 2017 American-Made Index report, and the Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited tops the list. The top 10 list for 2017 models is as follows:
1. Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited
2. Jeep Cherokee
3. Ford Taurus
4. Honda Ridgeline
5. Acura RDX
6. Ford F-150
7. Ford Expedition
8. GMC Acadia
9. Honda Odyssey
10. Honda Pilot
Jeep also packed another punch at number 2 with the Jeep Cherokee, showing that American-made focuses heavily on the outdoor and offroad sector.
The American-Made Index by Cars.com ranks cars based on five factors: assembly location, domestic parts content, U.S. factory employment adjusted by sales to reflect how many employees each sale supports, engine origin and transmission origin.
Cars.com notes that Jeep boasts one of the highest levels of domestic parts content, with it being 74-percent for the Wrangler, 75-percent for the Wrangler Unlimited and 70-percent for the Cherokee. And on top of that, all engines and nearly all transmissions for the Wrangler and Cherokee hail from the U.S. as well.
This makes a lot of sense, as Jeep Wranglers have for years been touted offroad enthusiasts’ favorite vehicle. Their offroad capabilities are no joke, and there is even the “Jeep wave” that owners love to enact — sort of like they’re in some secret society, and want to acknowledge someone else like themselves.
It’s pretty evident that a Jeep Wrangler is about American as vehicles get these days. What remains to be seen is if Americans will one day be in favor of airless tires and whether Jeep makes a move like Volvo did in announcing its plans to go all electric in the very near future.
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