Recently, American University released the 2016 Kogod Made in America index showing just how “American” your favorite Ford or the surprisingly home-grown Honda Accord really is.  We thought it would be fun to understand the best state in the USA to see and buy each of the most American vehicles.

We peered into the Carjojo database of all new vehicles for sale in the US, and we asked ourselves three questions for each of Kogod’s top “most American” cars and trucks:

  1. Which state has the most inventory on dealer lots?  If your goal is the largest selection of vehicles, this list is your answer.
  2. Which state has the most inventory per state resident?  If you want to negotiate the best deal, this shows you where there is the largest number of vehicles compared to the number of potential shoppers – a “supply imbalance” helping buyers.
  3. Which state has the most “discounted” vehicles as a percentage of total inventory (a “discounted” vehicle is when the dealer advertised price is below the list price.)?  If you want to “see sale price, buy car at sale price,” this list is where to look.

1. Most Inventory

Here’s the list of states with the highest number of these so-called “Most American” vehicles in inventory, and how many of these individual vehicles are on dealer lots per state.

Vehicle State Inventory
Buick Enclave TX 1,255
Buick LaCrosse MI 913
Buick Verano TX 1,031
Cadillac Escalade TX 982
Chevrolet Camaro TX 2,810
Chevrolet Colorado CA 1,591
Chevrolet Cruze Limited TX 408
Chevrolet Equinox MI 3,722
Chevrolet Impala TX 799
Chevrolet Malibu TX 3,605
Chevrolet Tahoe TX 4,352
Chevrolet Traverse TX 1,639
Ford Explorer TX 3,305
Ford F-150 TX 21,607
Ford Taurus MI 477
GMC Acadia TX 983
GMC Canyon TX 973
GMC Yukon TX 2,256
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited TX 2,561

 

Not surprisingly, Texas leads the list as the state with the most inventory for 15 of the 19 vehicles shown, with California and Michigan rounding out the list.  For sheer American car selection, those three states can’t be topped.

 

2. Most Inventory Per Resident

This one is a lot more interesting.  Which states have the most American car inventory per resident?  That is a more revealing figure, since it tells you where you’re more likely to end up with the best deal.

Vehicle State # per 100K Residents
Buick Enclave ND 8
Buick LaCrosse MI 9
Buick Verano NM 16
Cadillac Escalade TX 4
Chevrolet Camaro LA 11
Chevrolet Colorado ND 8
Chevrolet Cruze Limited AR 4
Chevrolet Equinox MI 38
Chevrolet Impala NE 7
Chevrolet Malibu MI 28
Chevrolet Malibu Limited LA 2
Chevrolet Tahoe TX 16
Chevrolet Traverse MI 14
Ford Explorer NJ 14
Ford F-150 NE 114
Ford Taurus MI 5
GMC Acadia MI 6
GMC Canyon AR 7
GMC Yukon AR 23
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CO 14

 

Michigan leads this list, having the most inventory for 6 of the top 20 vehicles.  But notice that Nebraska is the leading state for the Chevrolet Impala and Ford F-150—so if you want to buy the Ford F-150, which is the most popular vehicle in the country, Nebraska might just be the best place to go shop!  Another “inventory heavy” state is Michigan for the Chevy Equinox and Malibu, and Arizona for the GMC Yukon.

 

3. Most Vehicles Discounted

Finally, let’s look at which states have the highest concentration of discounted vehicles.  In other words, in which state is the number of discounted vehicles compared to the total number of available vehicles the highest, so that you are most likely to see a discounted price without having to negotiate.

Vehicle State % Discounted
Buick Enclave CT 35.4%
Buick LaCrosse AZ 41.0%
Buick Verano CO 28.0%
Cadillac Escalade GA 74.0%
Chevrolet Camaro CT 53.3%
Chevrolet Colorado MD 25.8%
Chevrolet Cruze Limited IL 24.9%
Chevrolet Equinox NJ 33.2%
Chevrolet Impala MO 26.5%
Chevrolet Malibu CT 36.1%
Chevrolet Malibu Limited NC 24.4%
Chevrolet Tahoe CT 29.6%
Chevrolet Traverse NJ 21.9%
Ford Explorer AL 21.4%
Ford F-150 CO 17.4%
Ford Taurus TX 8.4%
GMC Acadia TX 18.9%
GMC Canyon FL 23.7%
GMC Yukon IL 42.3%
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited IN 51.8%

 

From this list, you can see that if you want to buy a Cadillac Escalade at a discounted price, go to Georgia where an amazing 74% of the Escalades are discounted.  Other great states to buy would be Connecticut for the Camaro and Arizona for the Buick LaCrosse.

Conclusion

No one is suggesting that you rush to a particular state to buy a particular vehicle.  But if you have your heart set on buying an American made car and you happen to live in one of the states on these lists, you just might pay less.

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Notes:

  • Data is from May/June 2016.
  • State data includes at least 25 vehicles.
  • State population based on U.S. Census estimates.

 

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