Made in America: The Search for a New Car

The Stewart family test drives the Toyota Camry and the Ford Escape.

ByABC News
June 9, 2011, 2:46 PM

June 9, 2011 -- We parked our 1970 Ford Mustang in front of the home of another brave U.S. family, ready to tackle the next challenge in our "Made in America" series, buying a new car.

The Stewart's Ford Explorer had more than 111,000 miles on it and was on its last legs. The check-engine light was on, the transmission was dying and it was smoking under the hood.

Despite its condition and our doubts, the Explorer made it to the first stop on the Stewart's search for a new car, the Toyota dealership. The family test drove the nation's top selling family sedan, the Camry.

"It was a very smooth ride, very nice, very comfortable inside," Brian Stewart said.

Next up for the Stewart family was the Ford dealership and the most popular compact SUV in America, the Escape. Sales of the vehicle are up 21 percent in the past year.

As they took the Escape for a test drive, the Stewarts asked questions about gas mileage and room for their two kids. What they didn't know was that we were asking questions, too.

ABC News traveled to the Ford plant in Kansas City, Mo., and was on the assembly line to see where each part of the vehicle was made.

Find out Friday on "World News with Diane Sawyer" what car the Stewarts decided to buy.