Juan F., Boynton Beach, Fla.

We hope this isn’t a trick question because “made in America” means different things to different people.

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Several all-wheel-drive cars are built in the U.S., though some are from foreign brands. They include the Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and the Subaru Legacy and Outback.

If by “American-made” you mean vehicles assembled in North America that qualify as “domestic” under the North American Free Trade Agreement, you can add the Canadian-built Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger and Toyota Matrix and the Mexican-built Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

The Fusion and MKZ have only 30 percent domestic parts content, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that’s posted on new-vehicle window stickers. That is based on the percentage of parts produced in the U.S. or Canada, and on that score, the Canadian-made Matrix is the most “domestic” all-wheel-drive car with 95 percent domestic parts content.

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Answered by Rick Popely on July 3, 2012 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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