Driving awesome cars is an American pastime. From the time the first Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line, automobiles and Americans have been inseparable.
And we don't just drive amazing cars - we build them. Although all-American brands like Hummer, Oldsmobile, Rambler and Saturn may have disappeared, a new generation of American cars led by the likes of Tesla are taking the world by storm.
Chevrolet, Cadillac, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Buick and GMC have all upped their game in a big way, creating cars that not only look great, but are also technological masterpieces. Sure, the Japanese and Germans offer some pretty sweet competition, but there are a number of compelling reasons why American wheels are the way to go.
Here, we at GET.com list 5 good reasons to buy an American car:
1. American Cars Match Our Lifestyle
Only a real American can truly understand what we want in a car. While other drivers may be willing to sacrifice comfort and performance for fuel economy, we tend to prefer a great driving experience and a comfortable ride.
OK, the Japanese may have finally caught on to the fact that the average American expects a little more leg-room and a bit more power under the hood than most Japanese seem to, but most Japanese cars still don't quite pack the comfort factor that's pretty much the norm for American cars.
2. They Don't Cheat On Emissions Tests
Americans were never enthusiastic about Diesel cars, and thanks to Volkswagen's emissions scandal, we still aren't.
Volkswagen might make some pretty trendy cars, but the fact remains, if they have to cheat on emissions test to impress us, their technology can't be anywhere near as good as they tried to tell us it was.
The only good news for VW diesel owners is that the German company has been pretty generous in its efforts to appease the law. Angry American customers are being calmed with buybacks of up to $44,000.
3. Buying American Supports U.S. Jobs
The automobile industry supports dozens of other industries. From high-tech jobs in the electronics, IT and chemical industries to manufacturing jobs in the textiles, plastics and steel industries, there's hardly a corner of the U.S. economy that doesn't benefit when you choose to buy a car made in the U.S.
4. They've Got The Power!
Our need for speed may have gone down since the days of muscle cars and gut races, but there isn't an American who doesn't enjoy feeling power in their wheels.
The huge distances to be covered in the United States combined with roads so straight and wide that they make european roads look like a maze by comparison combined to create a passion for getting where we want to go fast.
Despite the outdated image of American automobiles being gas guzzlers, cars like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla model 3 prove that Americans can deliver the power while protecting the environment.
5. You Get Service
Ever broken down with an Alpha Romeo or Mini in a less urban part of the country? If you have, the long wait for your snazzy import to be towed to a far away dealer was probably enough to get you wishing you'd been driving a Dodge or Chevrolet.
While the few dealerships and garages servicing foreign cars are usually centered in big cities, American manufacturers like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and Ford have dealers in most American towns. Many of their dealers also service cars. That means help is never far away.
Additionally, U.S. auto companies offer American-style rewards and loyalty programs which drivers in other countries can only dream of.
If you want a good example of how good American drivers have it, consider the fact that in the U.S. it's actually possible to earn a new car by doing nothing more than paying for spending you already do - with the right credit card.
Many major auto companies in the US issue credit cards that let you earn rewards on your purchases which you can then redeem towards the cost of servicing your car, or (if you spend a lot and save over a long enough time) even the full cost of a new car.