Hot dogs, apple pie and the Jeep Wrangler. Life's grand.
Last year, it was the Toyota Camry that earned the top spot on Cars.com annual American-Made index. This year, it's the Camry’s complete opposite that was crowned number one, the one and only Jeep Wrangler (and Wrangler Unlimited). Number two on the list was the Jeep Cherokee, both of which are built in Toledo, Ohio (although Cherokee production will soon move full-time to Belvidere, Illinois).
The Ford Taurus, Honda Ridgeline, Acura RDX, Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, GMC Acadia, Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot round the top 10 list. So, why didn’t the Toyota Camry make this year’s list? Did Toyota change production facilities? No. The change occurred at Cars.com, who removed the sales volume factor in its methodology, a factor that ended up hurting not only the Camry, but also the Honda Accord’s standing. For 2017, the methodology specifically ranks cars based on five factors: assembly location, domestic parts content, engine origin, transmission origin, and US factory employment adjusted by sales to reflect how many employees each sale supports.
Jeep domestic parts content is as follows: 74 percent for the Wrangler, 75 percent for the Wrangler Unlimited, and 70 percent for the Cherokee. "The cars on this year’s list of the ‘most-American’ hail from automakers headquartered in Europe and Asia as well as North America," stated Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder. "Over the American-Made Index’s 11-year history, the number of models meeting our original criteria has fallen due to the globalization of automobile manufacturing – from more than 60 vehicles in the index’s inaugural year to eight last year," Wiesenfelder continued. "By the original requirements, only three 2017 models would have qualified this year," hence the reason for changing the methodology.