As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Cars.com’s announcement of model-year 2022’s most American automobiles — via our 2022 American-Made Index — dominates this week’s countdown of most popular news articles.
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Tesla dominates the 2022 AMI’s top tier, as the Texas-based electric automaker has figured heavily into the annual ranking’s top five since first throwing its hat into the ring in 2020. But in this 17th edition of the AMI, Tesla shows its true red-white-and-blue colors even more vividly, taking three spots in the top five, including the top two — the Model Y compact SUV at No. 1 and the Model 3 compact sedan at No. 2. The Model X mid-size SUV came in at No. 5, with the Model S mid-size sedan lying just outside the top five at No. 6.
The AMI ranks vehicles built and bought in the U.S. for the current model year, determined by a proprietary methodology that considers five major criteria: location of final assembly, percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, countries of origin for all available engines, countries of origin for all available transmissions and U.S. manufacturing workforce. That’s in addition to a roster of disqualifying factors, which this year eliminated some 45 model-year-2022 vehicles from consideration.
For the full list of 95 models that get to bask in the Old Glory of the 2022 American-Made Index, follow the link below to Cars.com’s No. 1 news story of the past week.
If you’re new to the AMI, you may be wondering: If there’s such a thing as the most American-made car, is there a least American-made model on the opposite side of the spectrum? Well, sort of: If a vehicle is excluded from AMI consideration, no further ranking is calculated. But the list of losers is compelling in its counterintuitiveness; after all, every car manufactured by the Detroit Three (Ford, GM and Stellantis) must be among the most American-made, right? Wrong. American-sounding nameplates that don’t make the grade include the Ford Maverick pickup truck and Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, as well as the iconic Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars.
For more context — and more outing of not-as-American-as-you-might-think models — follow the link below to the No. 4 news story on this week’s countdown.
Beyond that, we have headlines on the Ford Bronco and Maverick hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Chevrolet Bolt EV and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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