The Ford F-150 overtakes the Toyota Camry as the "Most American" car for 2013.
Believe it or not, it’s been five years since a car built by an American automaker was actually the "Most American" vehicle. Seriously. The 2013 Ford F-150 has beaten out the Toyota Camry in the Cars.com annual survey. Previously, the Camry won the title from 2009 until 2012. So what makes a car the "most American"? The title doesn’t go to a car that has the most US-originated parts alone. Cars.com uses a formula that involves a particular vehicle’s sales total, origin of parts and whether it’s been built in the US.
Cars with a domestic parts content rating of lower than 75 percent are disqualified as well as ones that are built exclusively outside of the US. Vehicles are even discounted if they’re about to be discontinued without a US-built successor ready to go. The F-150 and Camry are the only two of eight contenders that had a domestic parts content of 75 percent. Interestingly, nine other vehicles had a higher percent domestic content rating: the Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford Expedition, Chevy Express, GMC Sierra, Toyota Avalon, Chrysler Town & Country, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia. The Ford F-150 previously held the "Most American" title from 2006 until 2008.