10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: For New, Used Car Shoppers, American-Made Makes the Grade

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Independence Day revelry may have come to an end by now, but Americans likely still have the penchant for patriotism (and hopefully all the digits) they started the weekend with. If you’re still humming “You’re a Grand Old Flag” after you’ve scraped the char off the barbecue grille and resumed car shopping, you’ll want to consult’s 2020 American-Made Index to help you narrow the field of prospective purchases down to your shortlist — not only is it a comprehensive list of 91 vehicles that meet our standard to justify the boast of being “American-made” but it’s also our No. 1 most read piece of news content from all of June, unveiled in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.

Related: 2020 American-Made Index: What About the Least American Cars?

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Perhaps the biggest news out of this year’s index is Tesla’s strong showing in its first year of eligibility thanks to the California-based luxury electric automaker agreeing to participate this time out. Its entire lineup (currently attainable by the average car consumer, at least) made the top 10 among this year’s vastly expanded field of candidates.

Here’s how things shook out based on our qualifying criteria considering location of final assembly, percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, country of origin for available engines, country of origin for available transmissions and U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint:

1. Ford Ranger
2. Jeep Cherokee
3. Tesla Model S
4. Tesla Model 3
5. Honda Odyssey
6. Honda Ridgeline
7. Honda Passport
8. Chevrolet Corvette
9. Tesla Model X
10. Chevrolet Colorado

This year’s list of the most American cars is looong, so be sure to follow the link below to the past month’s most popular news story if you’re shopping domestic (or just wanna start a contrarian debate at a party).

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Car shopping was a hotter topic than usual in recent weeks, with our car-buying info and advice pieces dominating nearly the entire top 10 for the month. Our June and Fourth of July rundowns of the best deals shoppers can get on cars checked in at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, while’s handy-dandy buying guide — lining out everything you need you need to consider across your entire car-shopping journey — landed at No. 5.

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If you get the point by now that we believe it behooves you to — say it with me — keep reading, here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. The 2020 American-Made Index: Which Cars Are Most American?

2. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for June 2020?

3. How Many Miles Is Too Many for a Used Car?

4. What Are the Best 4th of July Car Deals on the Most American Cars?

5. Buying Guide: How to Buy a Car

6. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

7. As New-Car Inventory Shrinks, What’s Left on Dealer Lots to Buy?

8. Living With a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8: All That and Fuel Efficient Too?

9. What Is a Fleet Vehicle, and Should I Buy One?

10. What to Ask When Buying a Used Car: 8 Key Questions

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