The 2017 GMC Acadia landed at number eight on the site’s 2017 American-Made Index, which uses an updated and revised approach to help consumers understand how American their domestic cars are. Unlike the Kogod School of Business at American University index, GM isn’t as patriotic.
The latest index looks at “cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic-parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle,” according to Cars.com. With the further globalization of the auto industry, the criterium was revised accordingly—only three vehicles would have been eligible for the list based on the old criteria.
The rankings stand as follows:
- Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited (Toledo, Ohio)
- Jeep Cherokee (Toledo, Ohio and Belvidere, Ill.)
- Ford Taurus (Chicago)
- Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, Ala.)
- Acura RDX (East Liberty, Ohio)
- Ford F-150 (Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo.)
- Ford Expedition (Louisville, Ky.)
- GMC Acadia (Spring Hill, Tenn.)
- Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Ala.)
- Honda Pilot (Lincoln, Ala.)
Fiat-Chrysler and Ford round out the top three spots, but FCA really pulls away with the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee. 74 percent for the Wrangler, 75 percent for the Wrangler Unlimited and 70 percent for the Cherokee’s parts content were sourced domestically. All engines and nearly all transmissions are also sourced from the United States.
Again, this is simply another study. How different indexes rank and look at results differs greatly, but still, it’s intriguing nonetheless.