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8 Great American-Made Cars

This time of year, most of our thoughts turn to gathering friends and family together, grilling on the BBQ and going gaga over fireworks. And since everyone is in a celebratory mood, why not give a nod to the eight great American-made cars for 2021? Can I get a red, white and blue … whooo hoo!?!

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Buick Enclave Avenir in green, driving.

The second-generation Enclave, Buick’s beloved SUV, is everything a good American car should be — spacious, sturdy and easy on the eyes. Shopping for that July 4th party? You’ll appreciate the hands-free power lift gate and the roomy cabin space that can seat up to seven of your best firework-loving friends. If toting folks (and summertime gear) is your thing, this large 3-row family crossover is just the ticket — rugged yet refined (thanks to winged headlamps and Buick’s signature front grille). It’s also tricked out with the latest in safety technology, such as alerts for lane changes, side blind spots and automatic braking. Keep the celebratory mood going with Apple CarPlay (you’ll be extra appreciative of the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, too). The Buick Enclave is built in Michigan. Find a Buick Enclave for sale

2021 Ford Ranger

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat in red, off-road.

The newly re-introduced Ford Ranger pickup is built in Wayne, Michigan. The U.S. version gets unique body panels and a 2.3-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine. That engine is good for 270-hp and it can tow up to 7,500 lbs, which is very good for its class. The Ford Ranger was discontinued in North America some years back, but it was still a good midsize truck that continued to be sold in other parts of the world. The same factory that builds the Ranger is also responsible for the new Ford Bronco. The Ranger should be considered alongside other midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. If you want the most bang for your buck, check out the Ford Ranger Tremor. It’s got serious off-road chops and puts its power to good use. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L in the forest

One thing Jeep Grand Cherokee customers say they’ve wanted is a third row of seating. This is the first Jeep in over a decade with three rows of seats. The new Grand Cherokee L is larger than the Grand Cherokee — most of that is to allow the space for that extra family-friendly seating. The 2021 Grand Cherokee is also an all-new SUV. It’s available with both V6 and V8 power and in both two and four-wheel drive depending on the trim level. It’s a good-looking SUV but can be expensive. In the top trim level, the price is close to $70,000. However, that’s right in line with other premium three-row SUVs. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is built in a new factory in Detroit, Michigan. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee L for sale

2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Honda Odyssey in silver, in front of a playground

Honda has been building automobiles in America for decades. Debuting for the 1995 model year, Honda’s minivan was originally made in Japan, but it’s now built in America. What’s unique about the Odyssey is that many of the parts used in the final assembly are sourced from local vendors. That means the 2021 Honda Odyssey has more “Made in America” built into it than many other vehicles assembled in the U.S. The Odyssey also has standout features like a roof-mounted camera that can keep an eye on kids in the second and third rows. A high point with the Odyssey is that it’s one of the most engaging minivans to drive. It’s also quiet and the V6 engine is both smooth and powerful. The Honda Odyssey is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale

2021 Ram TRX

2021 Ram 1500 TRX in blue, off road in the mountains.

The TRX version of the Ram 1500 is about as much fun as you can have in a pickup. It’s essentially Ram’s answer to the Ford Raptor pickup. The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 makes an astonishing 702-hp. It also has 13-inches of front suspension travel, 11.8-inches of ground clearance, and 14-inches of rear suspension travel. The TRX is equipped with Bilstein Blackhawk e2 shocks. The truck looks the part too with blacked-out trim, big wheels and tires, a functional hood scoop, and composite fender flares. The Ram TRX is built in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Find a Ram 1500 TRX for sale

2021 Nissan Titan

2021 Nissan Titan in blue, parked

The Titan isn’t the first truck you think of when looking for an American-made pickup. However, the Titan is manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi. In the larger scheme of the pickup world, the Titan is relatively new. Still, we’ve been impressed with the Titan’s 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes up to 400 hp. That engine is also assembled in the U.S. Specifically, Decherd, Tennessee. If you do a lot of off-roading, look for a Pro-4X version. This includes features like a two-speed transfer case, 18-inch wheels, hill start and hill descent control, as well as an electronically locking rear differential. Find a Nissan Titan for sale

2021 Tesla Model 3

2021 Tesla Model 3 in white, studio shot.

Model 3 is one of the best electric cars on the roads today, thanks to its price, sporty performance, easy handling, and quiet comfort. It gets kudos for being roomier than other vehicles in its class and having a massive trunk. The Model 3 is so popular because it’s all-electric, has a decent driving range (260+ miles), has excellent acceleration, and has a decent base price. Tesla shoppers can choose between three models that offer varying degrees of battery life — from 263 miles on a single charge to more than 350 miles. Made in America never looked so sleek. The Model 3 starts at $39,990, and it’s built in Freemont, California. Find a Tesla Model 3 for sale

2021 Toyota Sienna

2021 Toyota Sienna Limited off-road

The Sienna is a survivor not only in terms of reliability but also in the fact that it still exists. Many minivans have fallen off the map, but the Toyota Sienna continues. In fact, the only way you can get a 2021 Toyota Sienna is as a hybrid. The combination of gasoline and electricity delivers brisk acceleration and an impressive 36 mile per gallon estimate from the EPA. Notable options include all-wheel drive, JBL sound system, lots of standard safety features, and a large gas tank. That 18-gallon tank plus the 36 miles per gallon gives the new Sienna a driving range of more than 600 miles, something that will come in handy on your next family road trip. The Sienna is manufactured in Princeton, Indiana.   Find a Toyota Sienna for sale

8 Great American-Made Cars for 2021

  • Buick Enclave
  • Ford Ranger
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee L
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Ram TRX
  • Nissan Titan
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Toyota Sienna

Brian Moody
Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More about Brian Moody

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