America is building some impressive cars in 2019.
It's the fourth of July, people! Which means it's time to celebrate America's greatest cars. The list mostly contains cars from American brands but last year we shook things up with the inclusion of the US-built Volvo S60 Polestar.
For 2019, we've decided to ruffle a few more feathers by including three vehicles from foreign automakers that are each built in US assembly plants. If we are going to count American cars built in other countries, why not count foreign cars assembled by American workers, right? Here are the top 10 American (and American-built) cars of 2019.
2019 is a big year for American performance because the long-anticipated SSC Tuatara is finally entering production. The car comes from an American company called Shelby SuperCars North America, but not the same Shelby known for tuning Mustangs. Power comes from a bespoke 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 1,350 horsepower on 91-octane fuel or 1,750 hp on E85, rocketing the Tuatara up to an estimated top speed of 300 mph. The Bugatti Chiron better watch out.
The Shelby GT350 has graced this list in years past but now Ford has introduced an even more powerful GT500 model. Power comes from a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 760 hp going out through a dual-clutch transmission (a first for the Mustang). With a starting price of $73,995, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger Hellcat have some new competition.
Speaking of Hellcats, Dodge makes the list yet again with its newly-introduced Charger Widebody. Following in the same vein as the Challenger Widebody, this new Charger replaces the base Hellcat, now sending its 707 hp out to wider rear tires. 0-60 mph takes just 3.6 seconds and the top speed is a dizzying 197 mph. Plus, it looks fantastic.
What more can we say about this incredible truck? The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will offer an optional diesel V6, manual transmission, and removable doors and roof. No other truck in the mid-size category offers all of these features, although the Gladiator is more expensive than its competitors.
The new 2019 Ram 1500 is quickly being talked up as the best truck on the market and has already overtaken the Silverado in sales. With new mild hybrid drivetrains, an upscale interior, and class-leading technology, the Ram looks like it has the goods to finally dethrone the mighty Ford F-150.
Ford released an all-new 2020 Explorer, which now sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform but is also available with a range-topping ST trim with a whopping 400 hp twin-turbo V6. No other SUV in the mid-size segment, aside from the Durango SRT-8, offers more power than the Explorer ST.
The new Lincoln Aviator is based on the same platform as the new Explorer but unlike the old model, which was essentially a gussied up Ford, this new model packs a unique hybrid version producing 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. When it goes on sale later this year, the Aviator should help Lincoln steal customers from European luxury brands.
The 2020 Kia Telluride is the first foreign model on our list but it is built in the USA at Kia's West Point, Georgia plant. This is the first sales year for the Telluride but it is already expected to be one of the best-selling vehicles in the mid-size SUV segment. The Explorer may be faster but the Telluride offers a more upscale interior at a lower price.
As with most BMW SUVs, the 2019 X7 is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The X7 is BMW's flagship SUV and will now come in a range-topping M50i trim with a 523-hp V8. This is the largest vehicle BMW has ever produced and it should be cause for concern for the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade.
Fresh off the success of the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz revealed its large SUV, the GLS. The GLS is assembled in Alabama and includes a duo of mild hybrid powertrains, with a 483-hp twin-turbo V8 sitting as the range-topper. Mercedes will even build an AMG version with over 600 hp and an ultra-luxurious Maybach variant.