Here are the best American-made cars in 2019

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Honda Passport
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Many people feel the term “American-made” is an anomaly when it comes to the automotive industry these days — but that’s far from the case.

The recently released American-Made Index, published by Cars.com, illuminates for consumers in the market for a new vehicle those cars that have the greatest impact on the U.S. economy.

Report: Here are the best American-made cars in 2019

To come up with its index, Cars.com didn’t just look at where the vehicles were built, but the countries of origin for each model’s engines and transmissions.

“This ensures that two of the most expensive and labor-intensive components are from the U.S., not Canada or elsewhere.”

This holistic approach means that no matter what company logo is branded on its hood, the vehicles’ basic innards — its heart and soul — is red, white and blue.

That said, take a look at the best American-made cars in 2019:

1. Jeep Cherokee

best American-made cars of 2019 - Jeep Cherokee

  • City built in: Belvidere, Illinois
  • Starting MSRP: $25,740

The Belvidere Assembly Plant employs more than 4,000 people from the surrounding area. Many of the autoworkers are members of UAW Locals 1268 and 1761.

In 2015, the plant’s body shop was awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System certification for meeting the highest environmental standards.

2. Honda Odyssey

best American-made cars of 2019 - Honda Odyssey

  • City built in: Lincoln, Alabama
  • Starting MSRP: $30,190
Although Lincoln, Alabama, is home to Honda’s largest light truck production factory, it also produces the Odyssey, a practical minivan that scores high marks for its modern styling and comfort.

3. Honda Ridgeline

best American-made cars of 2019 - Honda Ridgeline

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  • City built in: Lincoln, Alabama
  • Starting MSRP: $29,990

The Ridgeline is another Honda top-seller built on American soil. This all-wheel drive vehicle handles well, due to its independent rear suspension.

As you can see from this list, it’s a whole lotta Honda: The official name of the plant is Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and it is the world’s only manufacturer of the Passport, Odyssey minivan, Pilot and Ridgeline pickup truck.

4. Honda Passport

best American-made cars of 2019 - Honda Passport

  • City built in: Lincoln, Alabama
  • Starting MSRP: $31,990
The aptly named Passport handles well on different terrains. The athletic styling also offers large storage space and multiple seating configurations.

5. Chevrolet Corvette

best American-made cars of 2019 - Chevrolet Corvette

  • City built in: Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Starting MSRP: $56,995 (coupe)

Few vehicles scream all-American like the Corvette. The timeless exotic car has been built at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant for nearly 40 years.

And GM is doubling down on the workforce there: In early 2019, the automaker announced that it was adding around 400 jobs at the plant.

6. Acura MDX

best American-made cars of 2019 - Acura MDX

  • City built in: East Liberty, Ohio
  • Starting MSRP: $44,300

Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant, which opened in 1989, has a long history of building successful vehicles like the Acura MDX.

The automaker says the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time.

7. Honda Pilot

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  • City built in: Lincoln, Alabama
  • Starting MSRP: $31,450

The Honda Pilot is known for superior handling and its technology. Standard in the Honda Pilot are all the bells and whistles that come for an extra charge with the competition.

That includes Android Auto Integration, mobile hotspot capability and a rear departure mitigation system that makes it one of the most tech-equipped vehicles on the road.

8. Chevrolet Colorado

best American-made cars of 2019 - Chevrolet Colorado

  • City built in: Wentzville, Missouri
  • Starting MSRP: $21,300

The Chevy Colorado is manufactured 40 miles west of St. Louis in Wentzville, Missouri. The Wentzville Assembly plant sits on about 570 acres in a former wheat field. It’s hard to get more American than that!

9. GMC Canyon

best American-made cars of 2019 - GMC Canyon

  • City built in: Wentzville, Missouri
  • Starting MSRP: $21,500

The GMC Canyon’s duality makes it unabashedly American: It’s built for rugged runs in the American countryside as well as for city life, with a state-of-the-art infotainment interface.

Wentzville is the only plant in North America building both the Canyon and Colorado.

 10. Acura RDX

American-made cars of 2019 - Acura RDX

  • City built in: East Liberty, Ohio
  • Starting MSRP: $37,600

The standard Acura RDX is lauded for its roomy cabin and sharp steering, but the price rises significantly with deluxe packages.

Red, white & your wallet

Many U.S. consumers want to know where their dollars go when it comes to what they buy.

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That means that anything with red, white and blue on it not only tugs at our heartstrings, but our purse strings as well. Here are 100+ brands that are 100% made in the USA!

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