Do You Know if These Cars Are Foreign or Domestic?

By: Craig
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About This Quiz

It used to be easy to tell the difference between a domestic car versus a foreign car, mostly because American-made vehicles were the ones seen predominantly on our roads.  All-American car manufacturers, like Ford and Chevrolet, made enough vehicles to satisfy our need for everything from great lines, fast speeds, family-friendly cars and everything in-between.

Foreign-made cars were for rich people or those with eccentric tastes.  Or so we thought!

As foreign manufacturers, such as Honda and Toyota, started entering the U.S. market, more and more Americans began buying their vehicles, which were often more reliable and just as affordable as those made in the U.S.A.  In fact, foreign vehicles have become so predominant on our roads, that we may not even remember that they were made outside of Detroit!

Add to that the fact that some foreign manufacturers have plants in the U.S., such as Honda in Marysville, Ohio, and the line between foreign and domestic cars is blurred even more.

So, how well do you know foreign versus domestic cars? There's really only one way to find out. Take this quiz now!

More than 55,000 of the Model X, a plug-in electric car from Tesla, have been sold since 2015. This SUV has some interesting design features, including falcon wing doors which give access to passengers behind the front two seats.

Since the 1960s, the Dodge Charger has remained an iconic muscle car. Even in 2018, it still competes with its bitter rivals from those early days, the Mustang and the Corvette. Over the past few years, sales for the Charger in America have reached close to 100,000.

With sales of over 100,000 units a year, on average, the Mazda CX-5 is a popular compact crossover SUV in the US market. It was first introduced in 2012.

One of the most iconic names in Chevrolet history, the current Impala model is the tenth generation of this iconic car. The motoring public of the United States still loves this vehicle with 650,000 having been sold in America in the last five years.

First released in 1992, the Toyota Rav4 is an SUV is popular in many countries around the world. It is currently in its fourth generation and its popularity is rising in the United States.

The Ford Fusion is a midsized sedan that was first seen on the roads of the United States in the first few years of the new century. It quickly became a massive seller with Ford expanding the range to include both a hybrid and electric version. This has helped the Fusion reach sales of over 1.4 million units in the last five years.

The Nissan Rogue is an SUV that has grown in popularity at an unbelievable rate in the United States. It sold 75,000 units in the year after its introduction in 2007. By 2016, sales had quadrupled to more than 320,000 units.

First introduced in 1982, the Opel Corsa has been marketed all over the world in the supermini class. In the early 2000s, the Corsa would regularly sell around 500,000 units per year. Although sales have dropped somewhat, more than 1.3 million units have sold in the last five years.

Initially introduced into the subcompact car market in 1997, Mercedes Benz’s A Class moved to the compact car segment in 2012. The A class is only sold in Europe where the current third generation has sold more than 500,000 units in the last five years.

The same vehicle as the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra is available as a two-door, four-door double and four-door crew cab. This heavy duty pickup also had a number of drive options, including rear wheel and all-wheel drive.

Probably the most iconic car in the world, the Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 to 2003 when the last one rolled off the production line in Mexico. But that wasn’t the end. In 2007, the Beetle received a modern update. Dubbed the ‘New Beetle’ this too received another upgrade in 2011 with the Beetle A5. Both thoroughly modern cars, they keep that distinct Beetle charm we all know and love.

The best-selling car in the world, the Toyota Corolla was first introduced in 1966. During its lifetime, it has had 11 redesigns over that period, first starting out as a subcompact model, moving to compact as well as mid-sized categories. In 2016, more than 300,000 units of the Corolla were sold in the United States alone.

Perhaps the most iconic truck ever released by Ford, the F-150 is simply loved in the United States. In fact, this is the biggest selling truck in the country for the past three decades! Not only that but at certain times, it was also the most popular vehicle in the country in terms of sales.

One of Jeep’s top-selling models, the Grand Cherokee was first introduced in 1992. It is currently in its fourth generation. Worldwide sales figures for the Cherokee reached just over 277,000 units in 2015.

Nissan introduced the Sentra to Japan in 1982. Over the years, this vehicle, found in the compact car class, has been sold in a number of markets around the world, including America. In fact, it quickly became a top seller in the U.S. and in 2016, more thn 200,000 units were sold. The Sentra is currently in its seventh generation.

Mercedes Benz has always produced top quality cars and, of course, the C-Class is no different. This executive car was introduced into the Mercedes range in 1993. The W204, the fourth generation of this vehicle, was marketed from 2014 onwards and is available in four body styles, including sedan, estate, convertible, and coupe.

The compact crossover market has certainly become a battlefield for a number of manufacturers. These vehicles have become extremely popular in the 2000s and none more so than the Escape from Ford. The first Escape was built in collaboration with Mazda who called their vehicle the Tribute. The Escape is known as the Kuga in many parts of the world.

From its introduction in 2004 until 2017, the Chevrolet Equinox featured in the mid-sized crossover category. In 2018, however, it moves into the compact crossover SUV class. How this will affect sales, particularly in the United States, remains to be seen. At present, the Equinox is a top seller in the United States and sold just over 242,000 units in 2016.

A compact SUV, the Honda CR-V first hit the road in Japan in 1997. Currently, the fifth generation is one of the best-selling models in the United States with more than 357,000 sold in 2016 alone. Honda recently opened a factory in Greensburg, Indiana, that produces the CR-V for the American market.

The Altima, a model now in the mid-sized car segment from Japanese automaker, Nissan, was first introduced to the world in 1992. It is now in its fifth generation and has become one of the best selling cars in the United States with 1.5 million units shifted in the past five​ years.

The Malibu was first introduced by Chevrolet in 1963 and up until 1984, four generations were produced. It only returned to the market in 1997 and today, is one of the most popular models available in the mid-sized car class.

Certainly an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced between 1958 and 2005. Although sales figures dropped towards the final years of its production run, the car was always popular and seemed to be referenced in rap songs very often, including those by Afroman and Snoop Dogg.

First seen in the United States in 1996, the Sonata, from Korean manufacturer, Hyundai, has grown steadily in popularity. So much so, that in the past five years, over 1 million units have been sold in the United States alone.

Now into its second generation, the Cruze is one of Chevrolet’s global brands marketed in a range of countries. The Cruze brand had previously been used by General Motors in Japan, from 2001 to 2008, on an SUV model. In the United States, the Cruze brand has sold 1 million units in the past five years.

Currently in its sixth generation, the Ford Mustang is probably the most iconic muscle car ever. First released in 1964, the Mustang was an immediate hit. In fact, in 1965 and 1966, more than 1.1 million units were sold! Its popularity forced Chevrolet to introduce the Camaro as a direct rival.

One of BMW’s newer models, the 1 series was introduced by the German automaker in 2002. The first generation included a hatchback, not a model type often found in the BMW range.

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide.

The Corvette name is loved around the world. From its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand is the jewel in the Chevrolet crown. Of course, everyone has their favorite Corvette with many citing the C1 and the C2 Stingray as personal preferences. Now in its seventh generation, the Corvette C7 is a high-performance car with a massive 6200 cc V8 engine.

Now in its seventh generation, the BMW 5 series first hit the roads of Europe in 1972. This range was always intended for those who wanted a larger car than the iconic 3 series. This was the first BMW model to use the number naming convention.

The H3 model of the Hummer was introduced in 2005 and is the smallest of the Hummer models. Three engine options were available for the H3, the most powerful a 5.3 liter V8 which produced 300 brake horsepower. The Hummer brand was discontinued in 2010 by General Motors.

Produced between 1962 and 1971, the Jeep Gladiator was available in both a 4 wheel drive and rear wheel drive option. Obviously, the 4 wheel drive was far more capable off-road. Suspension options also varied with either a solid front axle or an independent front section. Power plant options changed a number of times through the years.

Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold more than 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class. Including sales up until the end of 2015, 18.5 million Civics have been sold worldwide.

A muscle car in the true sense of the word, the Chevrolet Camaro was first manufactured in 1967. Over the next 35 years, there were four generations produced of this American favorite and then the model was shelved until 2010, where it returned to the Chev lineup. Since 2010, more than 500,000 units of this iconic brand have been sold in the United States.

Released in the compact car market in 1982, the Toyota Camry has changed over the years and since 1991, the vehicle has found itself in the mid-size car category. In that guise, the Camry has undergone facelifts on six separate occasions. It is an extremely popular model in the United States, selling more than 2 million units in the last five years.

Essentially a Golf with rear storage space, making it a sedan instead of a hatchback, the Jetta first appeared in 1979. This brand is officially the top-selling make for the German company and by the end of 2016, close to 17 million had been sold worldwide.

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel base of 92-inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

An up trimmed version of the Ford F-150, the Blackwood was Lincoln's answer to the pickup market. It only sold in America in 2002 due to a poor reception from the public.

Made between 1936 and 1940, the Zephyr was a mid-sized luxury car produced by Lincoln. It was the only car in its class to feature a V12 engine with its rivals running V8s and straight 8s. The Zephyr was available in a variety of body types, including two-door coupe, two-door convertible and four-door sedan to name a few.

An all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf went into production in 2010. Of course, perhaps the most important thing with such a car is the range. Today, a fully charged Leaf has a range of 107 miles with the larger 30 kWh battery. Perhaps more important, a flat battery can be charged to 80 percent within a mere 30 minutes. This is the best-selling electric car in the world.

This luxury roadster was marketed by Cadillac between 2003 and 2009. It has two engine options, including the 4.4-liter Northstar Supercharged V8. More than 15,000 XLR's were sold until 2009.

Another one of Ford's big selling models, the Taurus first entered production in 1986. Currently in its six generation, the car competes in the full-size car segment. In the last five years, more than 400,000 units of this model have been sold in America alone. The seventh generation Taurus is available only in China.

Just over 20 years ago, Toyota first launched its hybrid vehicle, the Prius. From 1997 to 2003, the Prius was part of the compact car market. In 2003, it was relaunched as a hatchback. With more than 4 million sales worldwide, this is the top selling hybrid car on the planet.

More than 21,000 of this two-door convertible roadster were sold between 1987 and 1993. It was built to compete with two-door convertibles of other brands, particularly Mercedes and Jaguar. The Allante had three powerplant options ranging from 4.1 to 4.5-liters, all of them V8s.

Another excellent offering from South Korea, the Kio Rio is now in its fourth generation. This subcompact car was first released in 2000. It is currently available as both a hatchback and a sedan. The Rio comes with a range of power plants, from a 1000 cc to 1600 cc.

With a range of affordable, high-spec cars coming out of Korea, Hyundai’s Elantra model is certainly one of the best available from that Asian country. This model, which features in the compact class, has been on the market since 1990 and was available in the United States the following year. It continues to prove to be fairly popular with sales of more than 200,000 units for the last five consecutive years.

For a vehicle with a drop top, the Buick Cascada has some impressive trunk space. It also offers a smooth ride that is relatively quiet, an important consideration in cars of this nature. However, it lets itself down with a fairly bland interior and fuel economy is not the greatest. The 2018 Cascada now comes with a navigation system as standard.

​Introduced to the market in 1994, the Audi A4 still remains a popular executive car. All-in-all, it has been respecced six times in the past 23 years with the B9 as the current model. It has a range of power options, including petrol and diesel engines from 1800 cc to 3000 cc. For those of us who like a little bit more power, the top of the range S4 produces 450 brake horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph. It can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

Probably least fancied by many as a luxury large-sized car, the LaCrosse will surprise some. It has an excellent safety rating, very impressive gas mileage numbers, handles very well and offers a comfortable ride. The LaCrosse is a real dark horse that should not be underestimated.

Since its inception in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf has gone from strength to strength. In fact, Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car,’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback. Currently on its seventh model in the range over the last 40 years, Golfs are now sophisticated, high-performance vehicles. And they're popular too!​

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