What constitutes a truck as being American? Is a Honda Ridgeline that is assembled in America and has 75 percent of its parts made in America an American vehicle? Maybe the National Highway Traffic Administration’s American Automobile Labeling Act list can shed some light on the issue.
The list ranks trucks and SUVs based on how much American-made content they contain. Topping the list overall, with 80 percent of their parts made domestically, is the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. The Ford F-150 contains the greatest number of American-made parts for a pickup truck, with 75 percent of them coming from within the country. The most American SUV is the Jeep Wrangler, at 73 percent, with the General’s Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia close behind at 72 percent.
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins rank low on the list compared to other pickups, with 40 percent of their parts being made in America. This is bested by nearly all of GM’s competitors, including Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Ram.
Deciding which cars are truly American and which aren’t has become increasingly difficult since foreign automakers started setting up manufacturing facilities in the U.S. The Ridgeline might wear a Honda badge, but few people know it is made up of more American parts than a Silverado. Whether that makes it more American or not is up for you to decide.