The Best American-Made Vehicles On The Road

June 7, 2022

Many people would be surprised to know that some of the best cars in the United States are not necessarily made by American brands. Many manufacturers have substantial ties to investments in stateside production factories and facilities that are more home-grown than one might think. Anyone who takes pride in purchasing an American-based vehicle will want to pay attention to this list. Here are the best cars assembled in the United States based on consumer rankings.

2017 Hyundai Sonata

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Customers love the 2017 Hyundai Sonata because it is affordable and is built in the United States. Along with the Elantra, the Sonata is based at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant in Alabama. The first Hyundai facility in Montgomery was opened in the spring of 2005. The plant now makes around three hundred thousand cars every year. The front-wheel-drive Sonata is credited for its excellent fuel economy, above-average standard features, comfortable ride, and generous cargo space.

2017 Ford F-150

It does not get any more American than a Ford truck. The F-150 is one of the highest rated full-size pickup trucks due to its superior technology, performance and safety scores. In 2017, the Ford F-150 models were built and assembled in either the Kansas City Assembly Plant located in Missouri, or the Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan. Both plants are responsible for putting out over seven hundred thousand trucks a year to keep truck lovers happy.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette


The Corvette is one of the highest ranked cars on this list. Chevrolet builds them in Kentucky at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant. The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette features a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 455 horsepower and 460 pounds per feet of torque. Standard transmission options include a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy is right around 17 city and 29 highway miles per gallon for manual transmissions and 16 city and 29 highway miles per gallon for the automatic.

2017 Honda Accord

Thirty years after the first Honda Accord was built at the Honda Marysville Automotive plant in 1982, it is still going strong. The Accord is noted for its reputation as an affordable and reliable vehicle with excellent safety ratings. It offers a comfortable ride and is good at just about everything it does. The Accord comes available as either a coupe or a sedan. Both options come standard with front-wheel drive and offer either a four-cylinder engine or a V6.

2017 BMW X5

The 2017 BMW X5 is built stateside near a facility located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The German auto manufacturer produces cars that are shipped all over the world in the Spartanburg plant, including to Deutschland. The X5 features a standard turbocharged inline V6 engine with 300 horsepower. Optional trims for the luxury mid-size SUV include a 445 horsepower twin-turbo V8 or a turbo diesel inline V6 with 255 horsepower. It also comes available as a plug-in hybrid for the environmentally-friendly Americans.

2017 Cadillac CTS

The 2017 Cadillac CTS is built at the General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly in Michigan. It features a 268 horsepower V4 turbo engine with optional packages that include a 335 horsepower V6 engine or a 420 horsepower twin-turbo V6. All trims come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission; however, the twin-turbo V6 does not offer all-wheel drive. The ride is smooth with a strong performance and the interior features high-quality, comfortable seats and upholstery.

2017 Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is a comfortable full-size pickup truck that does not do as well in the ratings as the Ford F-150 but still provides a smooth ride. It originates from the Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck assembly plant in Michigan, although some trucks are still being made in the Fiat Chrysler plant in Mexico. It features a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 269 pounds per feet of torque power. With eleven trim options, there is something for everyone.

2016 Tesla Model S

Although the 2016 Tesla Model S is one of the few vehicles on this list that is not produced in the South or the Midwest, it is a true American car. The top-ranked large luxury car is built in California where the Telsa automotive brand is also located. The Model S features a fully electric, upscale sedan with lots of fun technical abilities to boot. It gets 532 horsepower and cruises from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

2016 Toyota Camry

The Camry is consistently America’s best-selling car year after year, and Toyota loves to sell the heck out of it. The midsize sedan is built in Kentucky at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant, which also produces Lexus vehicles. It is the largest Toyota production plant in the world. Consumers love the 2016 Camry because of its smooth and quiet ride, intuitive dashboard controls, spacious backseat, and high-reliability scores. It rivals the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6 but performs better as a comfort vehicle.

2017 Honda CRV

The top-rated compact SUV is assembled in Marysville, Ohio, along with other compact and mid-size cars from Acura and Honda alike. Honda holds the title of being one of the first import manufacturers to invest in American manufacturing plants with the plant in Marysville completing its first assembly back in November of 1982. Vehicles built at the Marysville location are shipped all over the world. The 2017 Honda CRV features a spacious interior, excellent fuel economy, and a competitive price.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is built alongside the Cadillac CTS at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan. Entry models start around $26,000 and offer many trim options and performance package upgrades. The 2017 model marks the 50th anniversary of the Camaro and features a 2.0-liter turbo V4 engine with 275 horsepower. Optional trims include a 3.6 liter V6 with 335 horsepower or a 6.2 liter V8 with 455 horsepower for a bit more power.