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American-Made Index: Which 2017 Models Are Built in America?

American-Made Index: Which 2017 Models Are Built in America?

— 's American-Made Index analyzes a range of factors — now five in the revamped 2017 index — to determine just how American your next car or truck might be. But say you want to buy a model that's built in the U.S. regardless of any AMI factors? Roughly 3 in 5 cars should meet that criterion. That's according to a analysis from January, which found that about 60 percent of U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2016 came from cars and trucks built in America. The remainder came from Mexico, Canada or abroad.

Which cars are they? Not to worry: We consulted every mainstream automaker to assemble a list of mass-market passenger vehicles for the 2017 model year that are currently built in the U.S. or have production split between the U.S. and other countries.

Here they are:


  • BMW X3
  • BMW X4
  • BMW X5, X5 eDrive (plug-in hybrid)
  • BMW X6


  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan (not C-Class coupe, convertible)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Viper
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited
  • Ram 1500 (not 2500/3500)


  • Ford C-Max, C-Max Energi
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Focus, Focus Electric
  • Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty
  • Ford Mustang
  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Transit
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln Navigator

General Motors

  • Buick Enclave
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Cadillac CT6
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chevrolet Cruze sedan (not Cruze hatchback)
  • Chevrolet Express
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Hybrid
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Silverado HD
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Acadia Limited (previous generation)
  • GMC Canyon
  • GMC Savana
  • GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra HD
  • GMC Yukon, Yukon XL


  • Acura ILX
  • Acura MDX, MDX Sport Hybrid
  • Acura NSX
  • Acura RDX
  • Acura TLX
  • Honda Accord (not Accord Hybrid)
  • Honda Civic sedan, coupe (not Civic hatchback)
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Ridgeline


  • Hyundai Elantra sedan (not Elantra GT hatchback)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Hyundai Sonata (not Sonata Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid)
  • Kia Optima (not Optima Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid)
  • Kia Sorento


  • Infiniti QX60, QX60 Hybrid
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan NV
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue, Rogue Hybrid
  • Nissan Titan, Titan XD


  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback


  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X


  • Lexus ES 350 (not ES 300h)
  • Toyota Avalon, Avalon Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Corolla (not Corolla iM hatchback)
  • Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra

Volkswagen Group

  • Volkswagen Passat

You might be able to find U.S.-built examples of five 2017 models not listed above — the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass, Buick Verano and Ford Fusion — but none of them are currently produced here. FCA discontinued production for the 200 and Dart in late 2016, and it moved Compass production to Mexico in early 2017. Buick killed the U.S. Verano in 2016, while Ford shifted all Fusion production to Mexico.

Mercedes-Benz technically assembles three other models here: the Metris and Sprinter vans and the R-Class SUV. But the Metris and Sprinter come from overseas-built units that Mercedes reassembles in South Carolina with relatively few employees to avoid tariffs. And an AM General plant in Indiana builds the R-Class under contract, but it's strictly for export to China. You can't buy one, at least not without an expensive plane ticket.

Of note, four major automakers — Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Volvo — don't build any passenger vehicles in the U.S., though Volvo plans to open a plant in South Carolina to build S60 sedans in 2018.

Still, domestic auto production is ebbing. Through the first four months of the year, automakers built 3.96 million cars and trucks in the U.S., according to Automotive News. Production through the first four months of 2016, by contrast, was 4.06 million.


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