From the Ford Model T that started it all to Tesla’s most recent Model S, these are the top American-made cars of all time—plus our top picks for 2022–2023.
5 best American-made cars of all time
These are the G.O.A.T.s. Whether their influence was technological or popular, these are five of the automobiles that have changed our country—and our world.
1908–1927 Ford Model T
Price: Restored Model Ts have sold for as much as $110,000
You can’t very well have a list of the best American-made cars of all time without including the one that started it all—the Ford Model T. The Model T certainly wasn’t the first car, but it was America’s first reliable, easy-to-maintain, mass-market vehicle. It was the car that changed the way Americans lived, worked, and played.
Though design revisions did occur throughout the Model T’s two decades of production, even the final “high hood” design of the 1926–27 model is unmistakably Model T.
- Pros: You’ll never wonder where you parked your car—just look for the crowd
- Cons: Very hard to find and expensive to maintain
1941–1945 Willys MB
Price: Average sale price around $30,000
Whether you call it the Willys MB, the Ford GPW, or the Willys Jeep, this is more than just the seminal SUV—it’s the car that helped win World War II. That go-anywhere off-road capability that helped the Allied Powers win the war is what continues to make Jeeps the go-to ute of the outdoorsy set today.
- Pros: Practically indestructible
- Cons: Tendency to roll if you corner too quickly
1953–present Chevrolet Corvette
Price: $65,895 current starting MSRP
Today’s mid-engine C8 Vette offers exotic sports car performance without the exotic price tag.
- Pros: Instant status of an automatic icon, comfortable enough for daily driving
- Cons: No manual transmission option, some cheap interior plastics, lacks driver safety assists
1964–present Ford Mustang
Price: $28,845 starting MSRP
America’s best-selling sports car for the last 50 years, the Ford Mustang is currently being built in
Flat Rock, Michigan. Engineered for a generation of baby boomers, the Mustang created a new automotive genre: the pony car.
The current Mustang is in its sixth generation with plans for a brief hiatus before returning for 2024 in all-new attire. And bonus—as far as sports cars go,
Mustang insurance coststend to be pretty reasonable.
- Pros: Smart handling and engaging drive, virtually countless option and appearance packages
- Cons: Base four-cylinder is a bore, some cheap cabin materials
2012–present Tesla Model S
Price: $106,440 starting MSRP
Not only is the Tesla Model S one of the quickest production vehicles on the road, but it also single-handedly moved the conversation about electric cars from the periphery into the mainstream seemingly overnight. Currently built in Fremont, California, Tesla’s flagship electric vehicle will soon shift production to their Austin, Texas plant.
Since its inception, Tesla has given us new variants, like the crossover
Model X, the comparably-affordable
Model 3, and the
Tesla Model Y, but the automotive world currently awaits the new Cybertruck. Tesla’s innovations, once viewed as frivolous, now fuel competition in the fastest-growing vehicle segment in the world—electric cars.
- Pros: Neck-snapping acceleration, great driving range, seemingly resistant to depreciation
- Cons: Aggressively spartan interior, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, priceyModel S insurance costs
5 best American-made cars for 2022–2023
Choosing the five best American-made vehicles of all time was not an easy task, and we’re certain plenty of you will disagree with our rankings. If anything, picking the top five for this model year was even tougher. A few honorable mentions before we begin: The
Ford Explorer, and
Jeep Cherokee—all worthy competitors just barely edged out by the competition.
Without further ado, here are our top picks for cars made in America in the 2022 and 2023 model years (not including the aforementioned G.O.A.T.s, of course).
2023 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing—best luxury car
Starting MSRP: $61,890
Car and Driver rating: 10/10
Sitting behind the wheel of a
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, you may start to wonder if cars can actually read minds. Instantaneously-responsive steering and track-worthy driving manners are hallmarks of this near-faultless American-made luxury sedan.
The CT4-V’s 472-horsepower twin-turbo V6 delivers enough power to launch to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, and the well-balanced, comfortable ride makes it ideal even for the most mundane of everyday tasks.
- Pros: Comfortable enough for daily driving, nimble and responsive handling
- Cons: Interior belies its GMC roots
2022 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid—best all-around family sedan
Starting MSRP: $27,615
Car and Driver rating: 10/10
Honda may be a Japanese automaker, but the humble
Accordand Accord Hybrid are built right here in the U.S.—in
Marysville, Ohioto be exact. The Honda Accord may just be the perfect all-around midsize sedan. It’s well-built with a spacious and nicely-equipped cabin, offers plenty of room for cargo, and has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ for nearly a decade running.
If you’re concerned about upkeep costs, note that
Honda Accord Hybrid insurance costswill likely run a bit higher than those of its gas-powered sibling.
- Pros: Eager powertrain, abundant safety features standard, user-friendly infotainment system
- Cons: Above-average road noise in base models, below-average interior storage options
2022 Chevrolet Camaro—best sports car
Starting MSRP: $26,395
Car and Driver rating: 8/10
Throaty V6 and V8 engines, coupe, and convertible options, and the availability of a manual transmission are just a few of the things that bring the 2022 Chevy Camaro to our list of the 5 best American-made cars for 2022–2023. Long placed in competition with the Ford Mustang and the
Dodge Challenger,2022’s optional 1LE package paired with the hearty 455-horsepower V8 bring the Camaro to the front of the pack for this year.
- Pros: Sonorous V6 and V8 powertrain options, 1LE track package is a must-add, surprisingly lowCamaro insurance costs
- Cons: Lots of blind spots, sardine-can back seat
2022 Buick Encore—best crossover/SUV
Starting MSRP: $27,295
Car and Driver rating: 6.5/10
The search for the perfect SUV will never end, but when it comes to a balance of affordability, utility, practicality, and American-made quality, the
Buick Encoreearns our pick for this year. The Encore’s small size makes it ideal for getting around—even in crowded cities—but the surprisingly spacious interior means it’s still a great option for families.
- Pros: Spacious cabin, comfortable ride, easy-to-use infotainment system
- Cons: Could be more fuel efficient, sluggish powertrain, no standard driver assists
2023 Ford F-150—best pickup
Starting MSRP: $35,080
Car and Driver rating: 9/10
Ford’s best-selling vehicle and America’s favorite pickup truck is our pick for best American-made truck of the year. Whether you need a stripped-down workhorse, an off-road master, or an eco-conscious EV, the F-150 lineup has a model for you.
- Pros: Variety of trims to fit any lifestyle, hybrid and electric options, well-equipped cabins,F-150 insurance costs average among pickups
- Cons: Spartan base models, non-hybrids lack fuel efficiency
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