When drivers think of American cars, they probably only consider the vehicles made from manufacturers who launched in the U.S. However, the American-Made Index from Cars.com ranks models based on what percentage of the car parts were created within the U.S., the final vehicle assembly point and car sales. The 2013 version of this list saw the Ford F-150 grab the top spot away from the Toyota Camry, which was No. 1 for the past four years.
"Buying American isn't necessarily the key decision maker for every car shopper; however a study we conducted in 2012 indicated that 25 percent of shoppers surveyed preferred to buy American," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief of Cars.com. "The American-Made Index is meant to help car shoppers understand that 'American-Made' extends beyond just the Detroit three."
Although the F-150 may have claimed the title of the "Most American" automobile, it only narrowly edged out the Camry and other foreign vehicles like the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Toyota Tundra. There were some U.S.-based models included in the Index, with automobiles like the Dodge Avenger, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia earning high marks.
While not every motorist is worried about buying American cars, many want a more intimate, customized experience when they need auto repair or vehicle maintenance done. There are a number of repair shops that can give drivers this type of service - so long as car owners are open to branching out and trying some nearby franchises.