Many Americans consider where the products they buy are made, in hopes their purchase will contribute to the U.S. economy. While that might seem easy enough when buying a T-shirt, buying an American-made car is a different story. Fortunately, Cars.com’s American-Made Index is here to help you out.
For the second year in row, Tesla got its entire car line up onto the Top 10 list, with the Model Y at the number one spot.
Tesla also claimed the number two spot with the Model 3 and the fifth and sixth spot with the Model X and Model S. Ford managed to get one car on the Top 10, the Lincoln Corsair, and Stellantis managed to get the Jeep Cherokee at number 7. The remaining spots were all taken up by Honda.
- Tesla Model Y
- Tesla Model 3
- Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln Corsair
- Honda Passport
- Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model S
- Stellantis NV’s Jeep Cherokee
- Honda Ridgeline
- Honda Odyssey
- Honda Pilot
Surprisingly, Joe Biden’s favorite car company GM (that Joe claims is leading the world in EVs) didn’t have a single car in the Top 10. The list is a good reminder that what counts as “foreign” and “domestic” has been complicated for some time now.
The ranking was released as US car buyers are increasingly interested in buying cars that are made in America. According to the latest Cars.com survey, 40% of car shoppers say that buying an American-made car is now more important to them – up 22% from the previous year.
“One of the reasons for the American-made Index is to show consumers that the badge on the hood does not necessarily tell the whole story about the economic impact a vehicle can have. Some people might come in and say, ‘Well Honda is a Japanese automaker and therefore I’m not going to consider it because I want to buy American,’ when in truth what our index shows is that, actually, it has a significant impact on the U.S. economy.” – Jenni Newman Cars.com Editor-in-Chief
The ranking takes into account five factors: assembly location, parts sourcing as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act, U.S. factory employment relative to vehicle production, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing.
Tesla’s regional approach to manufacturing helped it dominate the top of the index. The company claims 100% domestic production for all cars it sells in the US, above the industry’s 52% average, according to Cars.com. Tesla’s US lineup is assembled in plants in California and Texas, with major components sourced domestically and in some cases from in-house. If you’re looking to buy a 100% Made In The USA car, the Tesla Model Y is your ride.