Only a few years ago, a number of American-made automobiles had a difficult time competing with Hondas, Nissans, Acuras, BMWs, Audis, and other foreign cars. Then, in 2008, the Chevrolet Malibu earned North American Car of the Year honors, beating the Honda Accord. Now, the Malibu and the Ford Fusion remain on the top of U.S. News & World Report’s Midsize Car Rankings. Here are six more reasons to buy American cars:
1. Buying any American-made product keeps the money in the United States to recirculate and bolster the economy.
2. Deals on wheels: While offers change and expire and new sales features take their place, recently GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac have provided cash back on certain models and low-interest financing. Ford and Lincoln also have offered cash back on particular models, with 0 to 1.9 percent financing on several models in some regions.
3. Muscle cars have made a comeback. The Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro all returned to more classic forms, reigniting the passion of the bygone muscle-car era.
4. Domestic automakers produce several good green cars, such as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Other popular American hybrid vehicles include the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Cadillac Escalade, and the GMC Yukon.
5. American cars have become much more reliable. Once the victim of disparaging acronyms relating to the quality of its vehicles, Ford now produces the Fusion, which garners reliability ratings equal to those of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
6. While new American cars typically start to depreciate as soon as their back wheels leave the car lot, this fact means dealerships can offer great deals on late-model used cars.
About the Author:
Kalyan Mukherjee of Greenwich, a Lean-Sigma improvement expert, owns a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid that seats 8 and still gets 20 miles per gallon.