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Born in the USA: Toyota Camry earns 'Most American Car' honor again

Because nothing's more fun than schooling ultranationalists on how to actually buy American.

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For the second time in as many years, the Toyota Camry once again tops's American-Made Index, which tracks cars that are assembled in the US, with a high percentage of US-sourced parts and a high number of US sales. In fact, five of the eight cars on the list this year aren't what you may consider "American" at a glance.

Underneath the Toyota Camry, the list goes as follows: Honda Accord, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, HondaPilot, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia (pre-2017), Buick Enclave. These eight cars come from just five states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama. That's one highly saturated chunk of the country.

While the number of cars eligible for the American-Made Index is up this year, the trend is still largely a downward one. Nearly 30 cars were eligible back in 2010, and the number's been dropping ever since.

If you're wondering where the trucks are, you're in for some disappointment -- the F-150, 2014's index-topper, fell below the group's 75-percent threshold for domestic parts content. Further twisting the knife into Detroit Big Three flesh is the fact that the Toyota Camry's assembly by itself supports more workers than all three GM vehicles on the list combined.

So, the next time some ├╝berAmerican tries to give you guff for driving one o' them "foreign" cars, kindly point that person to the nearest new-car window sticker -- he or she might be in for a rather large surprise.

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