The Honda Pilot should be at the top of your list because it is at the top of ours, capturing the Cars.com 2012 Family Car of the Year award. With a spacious interior that seats eight, a well-executed, functional design and commendable performance, the Pilot also won our $37,000 SUV Shootout.
The Pilot is assembled in Lincoln, Ala., and was the highest-ranking SUV in the Cars.com American-Made Index, which ranks U.S.-built vehicles based not only on their domestic parts content but also on sales to measure the broader economic impact.
The Chevrolet Traverse was the second-highest SUV in the American-Made Index, and it also placed second to the Pilot in the $37,000 SUV Shootout, so it, too, is a good choice (as are its siblings, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia). Like the Pilot, the Traverse is a Cars.com Best Bet for 2012 among SUVs.
Among other U.S.-made Best Bets are the Toyota Highlander (assembled in Princeton, Ind.) and the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox previously was built only in Canada (qualifying it as a “domestic” vehicle), but production of 2013 models recently began in Spring Hill, Tenn., so some versions you find at dealers will be U.S.-made.
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