Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

We could argue days on end what makes an American automobile American, but we're not inclined to discuss that right now.

For MSN Autos, American automobiles are limited to Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Tesla and so on.  Basically, American here means the automaker has its global headquarters in the US.

With that in mind, MSN Autos declared its top American vehicles by class.  Two plug-ins made the list.

  • Top American Hybrid: Chevrolet Volt
  • Top American Electric: Tesla Model S
Competition is incredibly sparse in the Top American Electric class - Chevy Spark EV, Ford Focus EV and Tesla Model S.

But in the hybrid class there's quite a large number of vehicles, most of which don't plug in (except for the Ford Energi models and the Cadillac ELR).

As for why the Volt gets classified as a hybrid, here's what MSN Autos says:

"Chevrolet calls the Volt an extended-range electric vehicle because it runs mostly on electricity, but in our book if it has an engine and an electric motor it's a hybrid."

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Top American Vehicles by Class, According to MSN Autos

Top American Vehicles by Class, According to MSN Autos

Source: MSN Autos