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June 29, 2023
Cars.com’s American-Made Index (AMI) ranks cars based on 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.
Their results differ from those of American University, which also produces a made-in-America list due to differences in methodology.
When Cars.com surveyed consumers, they found that people consider the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Ford Mustang to be the "most American" nameplates, but when the value of domestic content is considered those classic vehicles are nowhere to be found on the list.
Those same consumers told Cars.com that they'd be willing to pay 30 percent more for American-made vehicles to support the domestic economy. However, those respondents might not have been thinking of buying the cars that actually made the top 10 list, considering the surprising number of Honda vehicles that made the cut.
Indeed, nearly a quarter of respondents indicated that they thought that carmakers should be headquartered in the U.S. to qualify as "substantially contributing" to the U.S. economy, even though the Cars.com analysis found that other manufacturers' vehicles have more U.S. labor and content.
“The trends in this year’s AMI reflect shifting consumer preferences. Only two sedans, Tesla’s Model 3 and Model S, appear in the top 10, largely replaced by SUVs, now comprising almost 60 percent of the full list,” said Jenni Newman, Cars.com editor-in-chief.
“EVs, too, have experienced a meteoric rise since the first electrified vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, made its only AMI top 10 appearance just five years ago," she continued. "Half of the top 10 are EVs this year, and roughly 1 in every 5 vehicles on the full list comes electrified.”
Click through our photo gallery for a look at the most American cars available, according to Cars.com.
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