If you’re car shopping and want to support companies that help the U.S. economy grow, you’d think your options would be domestic brands like Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge. However, you’ll be surprised to learn that many domestic manufacturers have cars built elsewhere. For example, RAM heavy-duty trucks are built in Mexico. On the contrary, here are 10 foreign brand cars that are built right here in the U.S.
According to Money Inc, Mercedes-Benz has been producing vehicles in the U.S. since 1997.
Its plant in Vance, Alabama, has been producing C-Class models since 2014. However, before 2014, the plant built R-Class, M-Class, and GL-Class Mercedes-Benz models.
BMW X-Series SUVs
Luxury competitor to Mercedes BMW also has its foot on U.S. soil.
The U.S. is BMW’s largest market. So, it makes sense that its X-Series of SUVs start their lives in a plant in Greer, South Carolina.
Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs
The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are effectively the same vehicle with different branding.
The Korean supergiant automotive manufacturer(s) sell cars like hotcakes in the U.S. To keep up with the demand for these SUVs and a couple of other models, the company manufactures vehicles in West Point, Georgia.
Nissan Titan Pickup Truck
When it comes to American vehicles, pickup trucks spring to mind instantly. However, Nissan isn’t typically the first brand you’d think of.
Perhaps it should be, though. After all, they are available with a Cummins turbo-diesel V8, and they’re built in Canton, Mississippi.
Honda Oddysey, Ridgeline, and Pilot
Ask someone to name a make and model of a minivan, and they’re likely to first name the Honda Odyssey. It’s practically a staple of American culture at this point.
In Lincoln, Alabama, Honda’s plant started building the Odyssey and continues to today. Alongside it, the plant produces the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline as well. Fun fact; over 75% of Honda Odyssey models start their lives the U.S.!
Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck
Another foreign competitor to the historic lineup of full-size American-made pickup trucks is also American-made.
The Toyota Tundra was formerly built in Indiana. However, Toyota now produces its flagship pickup in the Lone Star state of Texas.
The Outback is a staple of offroad adventure. You’d be hard-pressed to venture into the mountains near any campgrounds, hiking trails, or bike paths and not stumble on the legendary lifted station wagon from Subaru.
Furthermore, if you take a trip to Lafayette, Indiana, you just might see where Subaru builds them!
For a long time, the U.S. version of the Honda Accord was a bit bigger than its counterparts in other parts of the world. However, in 2013, the rest of the world made the switch to the bigger footprint Accord as well.
To this day, Honda produces the Accord in a plant in Marysville, Ohio.
The Toyota Camry is a staple of affordable A to B sedans. Ask someone what an affordable and reliable first car is. If they don’t say Honda Civic, they’re likely going to say Toyota Camry.
You can stimulate the U.S. economy by buying them, too, because Toyota produces them in Georgetown, Kentucky. Better yet, over 75 percent of the Camry’s parts are also manufactured right here in the U.S.A.
Furthermore, the Camry is the third best-selling vehicle in the U.S., taking the back seat only to the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150.
Volkswagen has a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that exclusively builds the Passat. It produces over 100,000 vehicles annually, thanks to the Passat sitting near the top of VW’s best-selling vehicles in the U.S. market.
This plant makes the Passat with about 42 percent American-made components. However, VW is working to double that number and produce the Passat with over 80 percent of the components coming from American manufacturers.
Foreign cars are a bigger part of the U.S. economy than some might think
If you’re shopping for a new or used car and want to know that you helped hard-working Americans keep their jobs, then picking from any of the vehicles listed above should do the trick!
Overall, it’s a bit surprising to most how many foreign brands build cars in the U.S. However, it’s a great thing that provides jobs throughout the country!