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Top 20 American-made cars, trucks, and SUVs revealed

A few Ford models made the list.

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A new study by Cars.com lists the most American-made vehicles. The 2020 American-Made Index ranks vehicles based on five factors: assembly location, parts sourcing, engine sourcing, transmission sourcing, and U.S. factory employment relative to vehicle production.

There are around 350 new vehicle models for sale today. Of those, 91 qualified to be ranked by Cars.com based on some level of impact to the U.S. economy. Those 91 represented 13 automakers in 14 states.

Scroll down to see the 20 most American-made vehicles and click over to Cars.com to see where all 91 slotted on the list.

No. 20 - Ford Expedition

2020 Ford Expedition

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Assembly Location: Louisville, Kentucky
The three-row Ford Expedition checks a lot of boxes for families. Not only is it spacious and stylish, it is as capable as many trucks. The model features F-150-like interior design with top trim levels delivering luxury-like appointments. For 2020, Ford added new Expedition King Ranch and Platinum grades, and made the FX4 Off-Road Package available.

No. 19 - Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport

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Assembly Location: Kansas City, Kansas
The Cadillac XT4 is a subcompact size SUV that gives buyers a high-quality interior for a steep price. The XT4 is comfortable and plush with refined aesthetics in the top grade. The SUV is most noted for its large cargo area and spacious legroom for second-row passengers.

No. 18 - Cadillac CT5

2020 Cadillac CT5

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Assembly Location: Lansing, Michigan
The CT5 is a fresh addition to the Cadillac lineup for the 2020 model year. It's stylish and sophisticated, delivering what buyers are most looking for - a comfortable and smooth ride. The car has a long list of standard and available features.

No. 17 - Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX

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Assembly Location: East Liberty, Ohio
The Acura MDX is a three-row SUV that is the automaker's premium counter punch to the Honda Pilot. The MDX hasn't had any major changes for the 2020 model year as production of the current generation winds down to make room for the next. Still, it's a comfortable and fuel-efficient option for families.

No. 16 - Toyota Tundra

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail

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Assembly Location: San Antonio, Texas
There's a redesigned Toyota Tundra on the horizon but that hasn't stopped Toyota from selling a significant number of current model year Tundras. The model has a dated interior and is fuel inefficient, but it's comfortable and has a long list of standard and available features.

No. 15 - Honda Accord

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Assembly Location: Marysville, Ohio
The Honda Accord is near the top of every sedan shoppers wish list, and for good reason. It is a near-premium car in its top trim levels, fuel-efficient (especially as a hybrid), and comfortable. The Accord has an easy-to-use infotainment system and good legroom.

No. 14 - Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX

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Assembly Location: East Liberty, Ohio
The Acura RDX offers an engaging drive, gobs of cargo space, and premium appointments, all at a cost lower than its top German competitors. The SUV has a stylish front end, available A-Spec package that gives the SUV black accents, and plenty of power.

No. 13 - Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Elite

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Assembly Location: Lincoln, Alabama
The Honda Pilot is a three-row SUV with a lot to offer. It has gotten more robust over the years and now offers torque-vectoring technology and drive modes. The Pilot is a more capable off-roader than many give it credit for. It's also got plenty of space for adults in its third row, which is not something many three-row SUVs can brag about.

No. 12 - Chevrolet Camaro

2019 Chevrolet Camaro

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Assembly Location: Lansing, Michigan
Despite being around for decades, the Chevrolet Camaro still wins plenty of fans each year. It's easy to see why. The car is exciting to drive when equipped with its most powerful engines, has engaging handling, and its infotainment system is easy to use. Chevy has given the car comfy front seats though the rear seats are a tight squeeze.

No. 11 - GMC Canyon

2021 GMC Canyon AT4

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Assembly Location: Wentzville, Missouri
The GMC Canyon is the premium version of the Chevrolet Colorado. The two trucks match each other in almost every capability respect, but the Canyon has different styling that's most apparent on the interior. GMC sells a Denali variant of the truck and the Canyon AT4 grade is coming soon.

No. 10 - Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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Assembly Location: Wentzville, Missouri
The Chevrolet Colorado benefits from its strong engine lineup, diverse array of build options, comfortable ride, and high towing capacity. For the 2020 model year the Colorado has gotten an updated infotainment system and an extended list of standard and available features.

No. 9 - Tesla Model X

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Assembly Location: Fremont, California
The Tesla Model X is the most family-friendly model the California-based automaker delivers. It seats up to seven and has unique features like falcon wing doors, a mostly spartan interior, large infotainment screen, and a panoramic sunroof. The Model X can be optioned as a fairly typical EV daily driver or landed up to be a zippy hauler.

No. 8 - Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

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Assembly Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Chevrolet redesigned the Corvette for the 2020 model year. The new edition moves the engine to the middle and keeps airplane-inspired design, kicking it up a notch. The car is fast and capable of taking on the track with ease.

No. 7 - Honda Passport

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Assembly Location: Lincoln, Alabama
The Honda Passport is back. Designed to be trail-ready, this luxe family hauler is a good choice for families or empty nesters who want and upgraded, near-premium two-row SUV but don't want to break the bank. The Passport was especially capable and comfortable when AutomotiveMap tested it in Yosemite National Park last year and while camping in the Roofnest Sparrow.

No. 6 - Honda Ridgeline

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Assembly Location: Lincoln, Alabama
The Honda Ridgeline has as nice of an interior as you'll find in a midsize pickup. Its engine is powerful enough and paired with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. It can tow and haul, but not as much as much of its competition. Still, its unique tailgate and in-bed trunk set it apart.

No. 5 - Honda Odyssey

2019 Honda Odyssey

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Assembly Location: Lincoln, Alabama
The Honda Odyssey is built alongside the Ridgeline and Passport at Honda's facility in Alabama. The models share many components, which is obvious to even the casual observer who sets foot inside any of the three. What they also have in common is their family-friendly appeal and high crash test ratings.

No. 4 - Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

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Assembly Location: Fremont, California
The Model 3 is the smallest car in the Tesla lineup. AutomotiveMap recently test drove one for 90 days and the results were ... mixed ... but all in all, pretty positive for the EV.

No. 3 - Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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Assembly Location: Fremont, California
The Tesla Model S is currently the oldest car the company is selling, but it just hit a major innovation milestone. The Environmental Protection Agency just confirmed that you can get over 400 miles of range from the model making it the first production car to register that figure.

No. 2 - Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Assembly Location: Belvidere, Illinois
The Jeep Cherokee is compact, but it packs a heck of a punch. Four adults can fit comfortably into the modern four-wheel drive SUV. It has one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems available. Jeep has made the Cherokee's steering properly weighted to allow for easy maneuvering through rocks or parking lots.

No. 1 - Ford Ranger

2020 Ford Ranger

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Assembly Location: Wayne, Michigan
The Ford Ranger made a big splash when it was re-introduced, giving American buyers a smaller Ford truck to spend their money on yet again. Though it wasn't a completely new truck when it made its U.S. debut, Ford engineers had significantly modified the model for North American customizers, making it plenty off-road capable and a viable daily driver.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept shows of the possible future of a V8 under the hood of a Jeep.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept model shows that the production model of a V8-powered Wrangler (and possibly Gladiator) is likely on the way - and that's straight from the people in the know at FCA.

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler -8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road."

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept The model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It's been a hot minute since there was a V8 under the hood of a Jeep. The last model to wear its power proudly was the 1981 Jeep CJ, which had a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That power gives the concept a zero to 60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Its engine is paired with a more robust version of the traditional eight-speed automatic, something that the HEMI in the Charger Scat Pack gets as well.

The parts roster includes Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. It also comes with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case (3.73 gear ratio), and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials. The SUV rides on custom 17-inch deadlock wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires.

The suspension of the typical Wrangler JL has been upgraded to include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks, and two-mode exhaust, which is adjustable at the touch of a button.

The company has installed a factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

All that equipment gives the model some impressive numbers. It has a water fording capability of 34 inches, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a breaker angle of 29.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.1 degrees. It's Trail Rated.

Jeep has given the concept a Granite Crystal paint job, bronze-colored tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels. There's a heavy-duty raised hood, custom half doors, and Wrangler's Sky One-touch powertop.

The concepts interior features a Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

When will you see the production version of the V8? These things take time, but remember, the auto show circuit looks to pick up in earnest early next year, and we have the Wrangler 4xe to see first.

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Thought the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross just debuted in Thailand, it could be slated to come to the U.S.

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Let's face it, the Toyota CH-R was never really supposed to be a Toyota. The model, destined to be a Scion, had its life's direction altered when Scion closed up shop and parent company Toyota merged select members of its lineup with the Toyota line. For the last three years, the model has been doing its damnedest to escape the Scion mold, but hasn't. It remains the odd duck in the stable, not delivering the high-quality interior, good handling, and capability that earns the brand sufficient praise.

Enter: the Toyota Corolla Cross. Though its name doesn't quite invoke the feelings, of "Why? Whhhhhhyyyy?" that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross moniker does, the Corolla Cross name is clearly a strategic move meant to capitalize on the one already worn by one of the best-selling cars of all time.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

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Marketed as "Corolla Meets SUV", the Corolla Cross looks like it executes at every level. It rides on the same TNGA platform as the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, C-HR, and Corolla, and the Lexus UX. That architecture make the slightly longer and taller Corolla Cross spacious with class-leading cargo room for its class.

Though the model is undoubtedly going to be modified a smidge if it comes to America, Toyota has outlined its highlights as part of its launch in Thailand.

The Corolla Cross makes much of its looks from the RAV4, but it's a copy. It's a natural progression of the design language, the same way the Highlander is. Toyota notes that this design allows for an "impressive rearview".

A new torsion-beam suspension delivers a cushioned ride. Toyota notes that the Corolla Cross is easy to maneuver and has a tight turning circle.

Toyota is selling the front-wheel drive model with a traditional gasoline-powered engine setup and as a hybrid. These variants are similar to the Corolla and Lexus UX in the States.

The gasoline-powered model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid model returns 122 total system horsepower. Both engines are paired with a CVT.

The interior has good headroom and wide door openings. These are similar characteristics to the modern Corolla.

Toyota has already trademarked the Corolla Cross name for the U.S. according to Car & Driver. The model, which would fill a slot in Toyota product plans that were leaked earlier this year, may be the vehicle set to be made at the end joint Mazda-Toyota plant that is under construction in Alabama. It would fill the gap between the C-HR and RAV4 in the Toyota lineup, and compete directly with the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Kona.

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