For the new car shopper wanting to support the American economy and buy only an American made new sedan, it can be difficult to tell just by looking at the brand name of the vehicle.
Typically known by Americans as Japanese built vehicles, Toyota and Honda have the top three spots on the top 10 most American made sedans list and if you include Acura (Honda’s luxury car line), they hold five of the ten spots altogether.
To help car buyers doing their research I’ve made a list of the most American made new sedans to take the guess work out of it for you. If you’re interested in buying an American made SUV or crossover, you can see the list I published last week here: Top 15 Most American Made SUVs and Crossovers.
What’s Considered to be an American Made Sedan?
Too quickly tell where a vehicle’s final assembly destination is, look at the first digit of the vehicle identification number (VIN). If the number is a 1, 2, 4, or 5, the car was assembled in the United States. You can find out a lot about a vehicle by deciphering the VIN. To learn more about what all the numbers in a vehicle Id number mean and where you can find the VIN on a vehicle , read my article Anatomy of a Vehicle Identification Number.
Harris Interactive recently ran a survey to ask new car shoppers how important it is to “buy an American made vehicle?” Over 2,000 responded to the survey, seventy percent of those people said it was important or very important to purchase an American made vehicle. They also asked car buyers how they consider a vehicle to be an American made?
- 75 percent said the vehicle must be made within the United States.
- 52 percent said the vehicle must be manufactured by a United States company.
- 47 percent of the people said must be made from parts produced in the U.S.
- 25 percent said the vehicle must be designed by an American resident.
Why do people want to buy American made automobiles:
- 90 percent said they want to support jobs for Americans.
- 87 percent said it was very important or important to support American companies by purchasing American made cars.
- 76 percent of people surveyed said they buy American because of patriotism.
So how do you know if the new sedan you’re considering is “American made?” Our friends over at TrueCar has done the research for you, they compiled a list of the top new sedans with the highest percentage of United States and Canadian content. They ranked the vehicles based on information the carmakers provide to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA).
For auto manufacturers to comply with the AALA guidelines, a new car’s window sticker must have a section that shows the following information:
Must Have Information on a New Car’s Window Sticker
- The original country of origin for the engine.
- The percentage of United States and Canadian parts content for the vehicle line.
- Names of any countries other than the United States and Canada that contribute more than 15 percent of the equipment content and the percentage of content for each country, to a total of two countries.
- The final assembly location by city, state and/or country when appropriate.
- The transmission’s original country of origin.
- An official statement explaining the parts content does not include the final assembly (except the engine and transmission), other non-parts costs or distribution.
Other information included in the chart below is the score from the Kogod Made in America Auto Index. The Kogod index is scored on a 100 point scale system. They look at not only where a particular model’s research and development took place but also such factors as parts and assembly information, where a carmaker made capital investments and where the profits from the vehicle end up.
Below you will also find the source of the vehicle’s engine, transmission and the country in which the vehicle was assembled. Some automakers do not split specific models in their reporting, depending on the how the vehicle’s configured, the source of the engine and transmission may vary.
If you’re considering an American made sedan, check out the list below before making your final decision.
Top 10 Most American Made New Sedans for 2015
|Rank||Vehicle||Percent of U.S./Canadian Content||Final Assembly Country||Engine Source||Transmission Source||2015 Kogod Made in America Auto Index Score|
|1||2015 Toyota Camry (non-hybrid)||75%||U.S.||U.S., Japan||U.S., Japan||78.5|
|2 (tie)||2015 Honda Accord||70%||U.S.||U.S., Japan||U.S., Japan||78.5|
|2 (tie)||2015 Toyota Avalon (non-hybrid)||70%||U.S.||U.S.||U.S., Japan||76|
|3 (tie)||2015 Chrysler 200||67%||U.S.||U.S.||U.S.||77.5|
|3 (tie)||2015 Dodge Charger||67%||Canada||U.S., Mexico||U.S., Germany||60.5|
|4 (tie)||2015 Acura TLX||65%||U.S.||U.S.||U.S., Japan||73.5|
|4 (tie)||2015 Cadillac ATS||65%||U.S.||U.S., Canada||U.S., France, Mexico||82.5|
|4 (tie)||2015 Cadillac CTS||65%||U.S.||U.S., Canada||U.S., France, Japan||82.5|
|4 (tie)||2015 Ford Taurus||65%||U.S.||U.S., Spain||U.S.||82.5|
|4 (tie)||2015 Honda Civic||65%||U.S., Canada||U.S., Japan||U.S., Japan||66.5|
Competition Between Dealers Always Gets You the Best Price
When negotiating the price of a new car or truck, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what a good price is to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available.
In addition, the above sites will tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their new car pricing. These sites provide valuable information for anyone thinking about buying or leasing a new car or truck.