10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Tesla Model Y, Model 3 Get Made; Ford Maverick Denied Entry

tesla-model-y-2022-02-dynamic-exterior-front-angle-sedan-white 2022 Tesla Model Y | photo by Christian Lantry

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day,’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.

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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’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 readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2022 American-Made Index: Which Cars Are the Most American?

2. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

3. Should You Buy Now or Wait to Save on a Car?

4. 2022 American-Made Index: What About the Least American Cars?

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

6. Which 3-Row SUVs Offer Captain’s Chairs?

7. 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Review: A Better Bronco in Nearly Every Way

8. Is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 a Good Electric Car? 5 Pros and 4 Cons

9. Picking a Bed Cover for Our 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

10. 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s Price Cut Makes a Good Thing Better’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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