Independence Day brings more than fireworks, marching bands, and barbeques. It also typically brings a wave of new-car incentives, which can save car buyers thousands of dollars. Our regular lists of Best New Car Deals show you recommended models that are currently carrying either customer or dealer sales incentives. But in the July 4th spirit, we’ve combined the patriotic and car-buying sides of Independence Day to show you the American-made models that now have such incentives.
In this case, we’re taking the term “American-made” literally. We’re including only models that are built right here on U.S. soil, whether from a domestic or import manufacturer. (And to keep things simple, we’re not looking at parts content, which is listed on a vehicle’s window sticker.) Now, we aren’t suggesting that you use the location of an assembly plant to determine which car to buy; our Ratings are a much better guide to the best and worst in any category. But it can be a good conversation starter while you’re waiting for your next burger.
The list has been compiled by Consumer Reports Auto Price Services, which continuously monitors sales incentives--both customer rebates and unadvertised dealer incentives--for calculating the Bottom Line Price included in every CR New Car Price Report.
The many sides of “American made”
In looking at all of the models that are on sale in the U.S. this month, we’ve identified 118 that are built in America. Of those, 42 are recommended by Consumer Reports. These are good, all-around vehicles that have performed well in our road tests, have average or better reliability, and have performed adequately if tested in government or insurance industry crash tests.
Of those that are recommended, there are 16 models (which break down into 23 trim levels) that currently have national sales incentives, with some models offering rebates of $3,000 to $5,000. That could light your sparkler.
The list includes models from the usual suspects: Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury. But it also includes eight Honda models and one each from Acura and Hyundai, all of which are built in U.S. plants.
Conversely, there are many “domestic models” that are built outside of the U.S. For instance, we found that the Sebring sedan and convertible are the only Chryslers built within our borders. And the MKS and Navigator are the only Lincolns. Many domestic models are actually built in Canadian and Mexican assembly plants.
The brands with the most models built in the U.S. are Ford (16), Chevrolet (14), GMC (11), Honda (8), and Jeep (7). Pickup trucks boost the numbers, as each body style counts as a model. In addition to Acura, Honda, and Hyundai, every mainstream import brand also builds vehicles here.
|Make & model||Expires||MSRP||Invoice price||Customer rebate||Dealer incentive||Bottom line price||Potential savings below MSRP|
|2010 Acura TL 3.5 Auto||7/6/2010||$35,105||$32,673||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+
|2010 Buick Lucerne Super
||7/6/2010||42,515||40,814||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
| 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT
||7/6/2010||22,715||21,579||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||20%+|
| 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
||7/6/2010||26,955||25,607||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4x4 Crew Cab||7/6/2010||34,615||32,192||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||20%+|
|2010 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6 AT 4WD 1LT||7/6/2010||33,745||32,058||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4 EL||7/6/2010||46,470||43,253||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCrew 157-in||7/6/2010||35,465||32,105||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Ford Focus SES sedan||7/6/2010||18,780||17,489||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Ford Focus SES coupe||7/6/2010||18,780||17,489||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Ford Mustang GT Premium||7/6/2010||31,395||28,906||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Auto||7/6/2010||29,105||26,375||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Honda Accord LX-P||7/6/2010||22,055||20,005||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Honda Civic EX||7/6/2010||19,455||17,919||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Honda Civic EX Auto||7/6/2010||20,255||18,653||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT||7/6/2010||23,800||21,904||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe||7/6/2010||22,055||20,304||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Honda Odyssey EX||7/6/2010||29,905||27,098||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS||7/6/2010||31,555||28,589||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
|2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5 Auto Limited AWD||7/6/2010||30,295||28,425||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Lincoln Navigator 4x4||7/6/2010||57,850||53,230||Yes||No||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD||8/31/2010||31,855||29,578||No||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||10%+|
|2010 Mercury Mariner Premier I4 4WD||8/31/2010||27,380||25,505||Yes||Yes||Get the Bottom Line Price||15%+|
It’s important to remember that any deal is only as good as the vehicle you're buying. We recommend that you thoroughly research the performance, reliability, safety, owner cost, and owner satisfaction of any model you're considering. Subscribers to ConsumerReports.org have access to our Ratings in all of those areas.