The automotive landscape has become increasingly global in terms of sales and production. While foreign automakers used to import and domestic automakers kept production in the U.S., this has all changed in the last several decades and the same is seen in the SUV marketplace.
With foreign automakers assembling in the U.S. and U.S. based automakers assembling in foreign countries, determining just how American your SUV is can be dizzying. In addition to assembly, there is engine, transmission, and other parts, which can all be sourced from different locales.
So if you want to buy Americann, how do you determine the most American SUVs? We studied the American University’s Kogod Made in America 2014 Auto Index Table with a focus on SUVs to find the answers. Here’s the top 10.
– Buick Enclave
– Chevrolet Traverse
– GMC Acadia
– GMC Acadia Denali
All of these three-row crossover models, not surprisingly, share the same platform and scored an 86 Total Index Score. The Kogod rating system gives a company points if a U.S. company so it’s not a surprise to see GM models topping the list.
The Kogod Auto Index also scores on Profit Margin and Research & Development, which all stay in the U.S. for these models, as does Labor, Engine, Transmission, Inventory, and ¾ of the Body. 50 is the top score for body so with 25% foreign body production prevented these models from receiving a perfect 100 score.
Next up were the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. Both of these compact crossover siblings from GM received an 85 Total Index Score. These high ratings does not reflect the quality of these models. The Equinox and Terrain were both listed on our worst compact SUVs article.
Other Most American SUVs
Rounding out the top 10 for the most American SUVs were:
– Cadillac Escalade
– Chevrolet Suburban
– Chevrolet Tahoe
– GMC Yukon
The above models had 32.5% body production in the U.S. for a Total Index Score of 82.5. This was closely followed by the Jeep Wrangler and 80.5 and the Ford Explorer at 80.
Because Chrysler is now owned by automaker Fiat, its models only scored a 3 instead of a 6 for being a U.S. company, this prevented their models from cracking the top 10. The Jeep Cherokee scored a 79 and the Jeep Patriot a 78, as did the Dodge Durango.
The top scoring crossover or SUV from a foreign automaker was the Honda Crosstour, which scored a 78.5. The Crosstour scored a 3 out of a possible 6 on Research & Development. Its body content was the same 37.5 as the top scorers. The Honda Pilot and Honda CR-V both scored a 76.
The Least American SUVs
There are over a dozen models that scored a 1 overall, with the point being for Research & Development. The least American SUVs list included the Lexus LX and GX, and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Other 1 scorers were the Subaru Forester, Subaru XV Crosstrek, Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Infiniti QX50, QX70, and Qx80. Nissan has several models at 1 including: Murano, Juke, and Rogue Select. The Mitsubishi Outlander also came in at 1.
The Land Rover Range Rover and LR2 each scored a 1.5, as did the Volvo XC60 and XC90. German automaker Audi score a 1.5 with its Q5 and Q7, as was seen with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg.