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Jason Fogelson

5 Best American SUVs and Crossovers

By June 30, 2012

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In honor of the United States of America's 236th birthday this coming week, I figured that I would honor the best in American SUVs and crossover vehicles, so I put together this list of the 5 Best American SUVs and Crossovers.

I know that this list is bound to generate some controversy. In fact, it's actually pretty difficult to determine which vehicles actually qualified for the honor. Is the Chrysler Group an American company now that they're owned by Fiat? Is the Kia Sorento an American crossover? After all, it is built in a plant in Georgia.

In the spirit of patriotism, I decided to limit my list to vehicles from the Big Three: GM, Ford and Chrysler. I'm even presenting my list in alphabetical order, the most democratic and fair order in the English-speaking world. Unless your name is Zzzyzyx, that is.

Take a look at this list of 5 Best American SUVs and Crossovers, then click on "comments" below and share your thoughts.

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June 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(1) Mike in Minn says:

Good list (I’m bound to like it right? It’s got a Wrangler :) ). What do you think of the Grand Cherokee? It has gotten so much attention after the redesign. The Explorer is probably its closest competition and also a very nice vehicle.

It’s tough to determine what a domestic vehicle is anymore. If you limited it to vehicles with a 100% US sourced parts content with only American-owned parts supliers,100% domestic raw materials, assembled here by a fully US owned car company, and sold through an American owned dealer, you would have no vehicles to put on this list at all.

Everyone has a different take on what comprises an American car. To them the answer is simple. But to me the answer is based on how much a company benefits us. That’s a judgement call based on how much of the end of the gray-scale I call acceptable.

Oh well…maybe the only real answer is that what we can “American” is just what we are *used* to calling that.

June 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(2) suvs says:

Glad you like the list, Mike. You hit it on the head, though — tough to decide what an “American” car is anymore, and history was more of a guideline for me than anything else. I leaned on the traditional “Big Three,” even though all three are really global companies. I like your rationale about “how much a company benefits us,” but then I’d have to include Toyota as a domestic, too — traded on the NY Stock Exchange (Chrysler isn’t), and a good percentage of the cars that it sells in the US are built here, too.

As to the Grand Cherokee — I like it very much, and nearly put it on the list instead of Explorer, but decided that the available MyFordTouch and SYNC telematics on the Explorer put it over the top.

June 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(3) Mike in Minn says:

I haven’t driven either one but have sat in both at dealerships. I liked the Grand a bit more on the inside but I was sitting in an Overland. The Ford was not as optioned up. Both are really handsome on the exterior….a slight edge to the Ford on that for my taste.

July 1, 2012 at 8:49 am
(4) Mike in Minn says:

By the way in the features area on the Wrangler the specs still reflect the non-Pentastar power figures.

July 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(5) suvs says:

Ooops! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Mike. Of course, the new Pentastar puts out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the Wrangler. That’s one of the main reasons it made this list!

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