Every year, the folks at Cars.com name the most American vehicle based on five main factors. These include the assembly location, domestic-parts content as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act, engine sourcing, transmission sourcing and factory jobs provided by each automaker’s United States plants.
For the second year in a row, the Jeep Cherokee which is assembled at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois has ranked #1 on the Cars.com American Made Index (AMI).
“The Jeep Cherokee tops Cars.com’s American-Made Index for the second year in a row, taking the number-one position, thanks to high scores across the five major factors analyzed in the index,” said Kelsey Mays, Senior Consumer Affairs Editor, Cars.com.
“As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, we are especially pleased to celebrate Cherokee’s place as the most American vehicle on Cars.com’s American-Made Index for the second consecutive year,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “We salute the dedicated employees who build the Cherokee, the most capable midsize SUV on the planet, as well as all the loyal Jeep owners who drive it.”
The Cherokee competes in the mid-sized SUV market and has been a strong seller for the Jeep brand since it was introduced for the 2014 model year. Refreshed for 2019 with new front and rear styling and gaining the addition of the new, optional 2.0-liter GME-T4 turbocharged four-cylinder engine the Cherokee continues to be the most capable midsize sport-utility vehicle.
Last year, I had the opportunity to review a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited powered by the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 as well as a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited powered by the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and found a lot to like. Both vehicles, surprised me at just how comfortable, functional, and capable the Jeep Cherokee is. No, wonder why the Jeep Cherokee continues to be a true American icon in the Jeep lineup.