My new American car?

The son and heir has been kvetching constantly about his need for a car.  Up until this last weekend, we had two cars and he wanted mine, a 2000 Honda Accord.  So I have been thinking about a new car and last Sunday I pulled the trigger.  I am now the proud owner of a 2014 Honda Civic just like the one pictured above, built by members of our extended American family at the Honda plant in Greensburg, Indiana.  It is pretty slick and a huge step up from my Accord.  It gets 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.  It has a rearview back up camera and Bluetooth technology that lets me play the songs on my phone in the car.  65% of its parts are made on our shores, including the engine.  The transmission, however, is made in Japan.  So my question to you is, did I buy an American car?

Coincidentally, just yesterday I was reading an article on the “most American” cars, and my Civic was pretty far down on the list of American cars, but that is ok with me.  My attitude on buying American is don’t kill the good for the perfect.  My Civic was assembled by Americans in Indiana using mostly American made parts.  Good enough for me.  And if you casually suggested to our American brothers and sisters who made my car that it isn’t really an American car, I am not sure what shape you would be in by the time you left Indiana.

But I want to hear from you.  So vote on the poll below.


About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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5 Responses to My new American car?

  1. Jason Sousa says:

    I recently purchase a new vehicle as well, opting for a Chevy Cruze. Built in Ohio, the profits go to an American-based company, has the same back-up camera, bluetooth technology, and 39mpg on the highway (Eco model). Also sits 11 slots higher on the Kogod list:

  2. Glad to see somebody using the Kogod scale. Jack A.

  3. Austin says:

    I’ve been arguing this same fact to my family (some of whom used to work for GM) for years since I bought my Civic back in 2002. The cars back then were being made in Ohio, if I remember correctly.

    • tapirking says:


      Thanks alot for your comment. When I buy products, if they are put together by Americans, regardless of where the company that hires those Americans is headquartered, I know I am buying American.

      All the best,


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