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Jeep Cherokee leads American-made rankings

by Justin King

After topping the 2017 list, the Jeep Wrangler was redesigned without enough domestic parts content to compete in the top 10 for 2018.

The Jeep Cherokee has topped Cars.com's annual American-Made Index.

Built in Illinois, the Cherokee boasts 72 percent domestic parts content and US-built engines and transmissions.

The Wrangler fell from grace after topping the rankings last year. The next-generation Wrangler does not have enough American-made parts to compete in the top 10 for 2018.

Honda holds the second and third spots with the Odyssey and Ridgeline, respectively, while the Pilot arrived in the number-six position behind the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Volt. The Ford Explorer, F-150 and Chevrolet Corvette also qualified for the top 10.

The index considers where a vehicle is assembled, its percentage of US-built parts, engine and transmission sourcing, and the number of factory jobs provided by each automaker's US factories.

"For every 20 people employed in the auto industry, four of them work at the automaker itself, but about seven work in auto-parts manufacturing," Cars.com says. "And the biggest group — nine — are employed at new-car dealerships."