The Ford F-150 is about as American as a dollar bill. The half-ton pickup truck was recently named the "Most American" vehicle by Cars.com, ousting the Toyota Camry from its top position on the list from 2009 to 2012.
According to Cars.com's American-Made Index, the F-150 won based on three criteria, including domestic parts content, final vehicle assembly point and vehicle sales.
"Strong sales and 75 percent domestic-parts content propelled Ford's popular F-150 to the top of the index for 2013, a rank it held from 2006 to 2008," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "Ford's top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back. While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn't change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot."
Following the F-150 in the "Most American" index was the Toyota Camry, Dodge Avenger, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Tundra, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Toyota Avalon. Owners of these vehicles or the F-150 should look into protecting the interiors with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.
Not the only recognition for the F-150
The latest designation is not the only kudos the F-150 has received lately. The truck recently won PickupTrucks.com's Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge.
Ford's "Most American" truck faced off against the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2013 Ford F-150, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Nissan Titan, 2013 Ram 1500 and the 2013 Toyota Tundra in a series of tests. Experts at PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics assessed each truck's interior and exterior, value for the money, acceleration and braking, hill climb capabilities, autocross to test handing and fuel economy.
"The F-150 is the best-selling half-ton truck in the U.S., and after conducting this testing, it's no surprise why," said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. "It was a tight contest, with the Ford, Ram and GMC finishing close together, but the F-150's performance and capability gave it an edge. Shoppers looking for a new half-ton in this competitive truck market have several great options and should consider which one best meets their needs."
For dads, that might mean an F-150. In separate release for Father's Day, TrueCar.com named the F-150 the No. 1 truck for dads.