American-Made Index by Cars.com

The origins of consumer products are often anything but straightforward, and few get as complicated as the two-ton set of wheels in your driveway. Supply chains for the automotive industry span the planet, and the results can make for a car assembled in one country with parts from dozens of others, plus a badge on the hood from an automaker an ocean away. For shoppers who want to buy American-made products, Cars.com’s American-Made Index delves into such complexities by analyzing a range of factors to determine just how American your prospective car or truck might be.
See our ranked list of 91 qualifying cars assembled in the U.S. for the 2020 model year, and learn more about the least American models — including a few you might not have considered.

  1. 2020 Ford Ranger

    2020 Ford Ranger: Wayne, Mich.

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  2. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

    2020 Jeep Cherokee: Belvidere, Ill.

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  3. 2020 Tesla Model S

    2020 Tesla Model S: Fremont, Calif.

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  4. 2020 Tesla Model 3

    2020 Tesla Model 3: Fremont, Calif.

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  5. 2020 Honda Odyssey

    2020 Honda Odyssey: Lincoln, Ala.

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  6. 2020 Honda Ridgeline

    2020 Honda Ridgeline: Lincoln, Ala.

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  7. 2020 Honda Passport

    2020 Honda Passport: Lincoln, Ala.

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  8. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

    2020 Chevrolet Corvette: Bowling Green, Ky.

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  9. 2020 Tesla Model X

    2020 Tesla Model X: Fremont, Calif.

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  10. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

    2020 Chevrolet Colorado: Wentzville, Mo.

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American-Made Index Methodology

In compliance with the American Automobile Labeling Act, automakers must annually report the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, by value, for the vast majority of passenger cars. Such information is required to appear on the window sticker, or a separate sticker nearby, for nearly every new vehicle sold in the U.S.
The AALA lumps Canada into the same pool as the U.S., so the American-Made Index also factors in the country of origin for a car’s available engines and transmissions, a calculation involving parts and labor that the AALA also requires automakers to disclose, to ensure the origins for such high-value components are American — not Canadian.
Beyond drivetrains, the AALA doesn’t emphasize labor costs, particularly when it comes to final assembly. To address that, the AMI factors each automaker’s U.S. manufacturing workforce against the number of cars it produces in the country, with index scores applied on an automaker-wide basis.
The index ranks full hybrids and plug-in vehicles separately from their non-hybrid counterparts under the same nameplate. It also separates variants with different underlying platforms — for example, the Hyundai Elantra sedan versus Elantra GT hatchback or Ram 1500 versus prior-generation Ram 1500 Classic. Those with common underpinnings but different names (think Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban or Honda Pilot and Passport) are also separate AMI vehicles. In short, a given model ranked on the index includes any related offshoots under the same nameplate and platform, but not any full-hybrid or plug-in variants.
The index ranks such models on a 100-point scale, with heavier curb weights functioning as a tiebreaker if necessary. Sources for the AMI include data obtained from automakers and Automotive News, as well as our analysis of more than 300,000 vehicles in Cars.com inventory and in-person dealership audits of roughly 900 new cars.
Although automakers assemble some 125 light-duty nameplates in the U.S. for the 2020 model year, not all of them qualify for AMI rankings. Automakers are not required to submit AALA data for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 pounds, an echelon that includes full-size vans, heavy-duty trucks and the like. What’s more, manufacturers that build fewer than 1,000 cars in a given model year aren’t required to give percentages of U.S. and Canadian content. Due to insufficient data, the AMI excludes vehicles from either group. We implement a few other disqualifiers beyond that: We don’t rank fleet-only vehicles, or vehicles slated for discontinuation after the current model year without a U.S.-built successor. We also exclude any vehicles for which we lack high confidence in the data therein, typically because they fall below minimum sales and inventory thresholds or aren’t yet on sale at the time of our research.
Due to changes in methodology, results for the 2020 American-Made Index cannot be compared to results for the index’s prior generation, published from 2017 to 2019. The first iteration of the AMI ran from 2006-16.
Read the main story to learn more about the 2020 AMI.
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