• Honda, Toyota rank high in yearly Kogod Made in America index; GM brands top list


    refreshed 2016 Honda Accord

    Honda and Toyota may be Japanese car manufacturers but some of their cars are more American than their names suggest.

    The Honda Accord ranked fifth and the Toyota Camry and Sienna ranked eighth in the 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index. The American University Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. created the index, which ranked 338 cars based on their impact to the American economy. This is the fourth year for the index.

    The index looks at seven criteria: profit margin; labor; research and development; inventory, capital and other expenses; engine; transmission; and body, chassis and electrical components. Each category is scored based on whether the activity was done in the United States or, in the case of the engine and transmission, if the component was made in the United States. The top 10 scores are filled by 41 cars, as many cars had the same scores.

    Besides the Accord, the other Hondas that made it into the top 10 rankings include the Honda Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V (US) and Civic (US); and the Acura RDX AWD and 2WD.

    The Camry and Sienna weren’t the only Toyota products ranked in the top 10. The Toyota Highlander and Avalon also had top-10 scores.

    2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali

    For the fourth year in a row, General Motors dominated the top 10, with 20 models having top scores. GM’s full-size SUV siblings, the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, tied for number one.

    GM’s other vehicles on the list include the Buick Verano; Chevrolet Corvette, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Malibu LTD, Tahoe, Suburban, Cruze LTD, Colorado and Camaro; GMC Yukon, Yukon EXT and Canyon; and Cadillac Escalade, ATS, CT6 and CTS.

    Ford’s vehicles in the top 10 include the Ford F150, which had the second highest score, Explorer, Mustang and Expedition and the Lincoln MKS and Navigator. Fiat Chrysler’s vehicles in the top 10 include the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Cherokee and the Chrysler 200.

    The Kogod index, which Associate Professor Frank DuBois created, builds on the American Automotive Labeling Act (AALA) data, which indicates the amount of parts from the U.S. and Canada used, the country the vehicle was assembled in and the country where the engine and transmission were made.

    “The index shows that vehicles produced by automakers headquartered in the U.S. rated higher overall in the index,” the Kogod web page indicated about the study. “This is for two reasons: (1) profit derived from their sale was more likely to return or remain in the United States; and (2) a majority of a U.S. company’s R&D activities are located in the U.S.”

    Top 10 Most American Cars

    Rank Make Model Total Domestic Content
    1 Buick Enclave 90
    1 Chevrolet Traverse 90
    1 GMC Acadia 90
    2 Ford F150 85
    3 Chevrolet Corvette 83
    4 Chevrolet Equinox 82.5
    4 Chevrolet Impala 82.5
    4 Chevrolet Malibu E2 Gen 82.5
    4 Chevrolet Malibu LTD 82.5
    4 GMC Yukon, Yukon EXT 82.5
    4 Cadillac Escalade 82.5
    4 Buick LaCrosse 82.5
    4 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban 82.5
    5 Honda Accord 81
    6 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 80.5
    6 Ford Taurus 80.5
    6 Buick Verano 80.5
    6 GMC Canyon 80.5
    6 Chevrolet Cruze LTD 80.5
    6 Chevrolet Colorado 80.5
    7 Ford Explorer 80
    7 Ford Mustang 80
    7 Cadillac ATS 80
    7 Cadillac CT6 80
    7 Cadillac CTS 80
    7 Chevrolet Camaro 80
    8 Jeep Cherokee 78.5
    8 Honda Pilot 78.5
    8 Honda Odyssey 78.5
    8 Toyota Sienna 78.5
    8 Toyota Camry 78.5
    9 Ford Expedition 77.5
    10 Chrysler 200 76
    10 Lincoln MKS 76
    10 Lincoln Navigator 76
    10 Acura RDX AWD 76
    10 Honda CR-V (US) 76
    10 Honda Civic (US) 76
    10 Acura RDX 2WD 76
    10 Toyota Highlander 76
    10 Toyota Avalon 76

    The full list of cars is available on the Kogod School of Business’ web site.

    Check out this TFLcar on- and off-road review of the 2017 GMC Acadia:


    Aimee Inama
    Aimee Inama
    Aimee has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer, 10 as a reporter for a daily newspaper. She also has more than five years of experience writing about transportation issues. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five dogs.

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    2 thoughts on “Honda, Toyota rank high in yearly Kogod Made in America index; GM brands top list

    1. GM dominated the list. Good for GM!

      Sad that you tried to spin the story more to Toyota and Honda “doing well” than GM doing best for America. And if you look at the list, Toyota and Honda aren’t that great. Toyota is the world’s largest producer but only manages a handful down the list. Ford sucks.

    2. Not sure why some have trouble reading the title, which clearly states GM brand tops the list. And it is significant that Toyota and Honda are doing well here.
      Kudos to Ford for the #1 selling vehicle ranking so high too. This ranking is based on percentages, but would like to see the list redone with actual sales volume included in the mix.
      And thank you TFL for doing such a great job. Nice to hear about production and manufacturing happening in our country.

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