Do you know what the “most American” cars for 2022 are?

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There was a time when it was easy to tell what new vehicles were being made in America. That would have been all models built and sold by national brand players, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and certainly American Motors. Then things started to blur in the second half of the 20e Century as American automakers rebranded and cars were built elsewhere in the world to help compete with the flood of small, fuel-efficient European and Asian imports reaching our shores.

Buick would come to sell cars built by Germany’s Opel, while Chrysler offered name-brand Mitsubishis from Japan; Ford’s Capri came from Ford of Europe, and General Motors imported models from Suzuki from Japan and Daewoo from South Korea.

The waters would be muddier still as Asian and European automakers built their own assembly plants in the United States, national brands moved some of their production to Mexico and Canada, and parts were sourced from a almost everywhere in the world.

While the jingoist “us vs. them” mentality has largely taken hold since its flashpoint in the 1980s, buying American is still important to many new car buyers, whether for patriotic, political or political reasons. or economic. According to a study by the Cars.com website, 40% of new-vehicle buyers post-pandemic say buying an American-made car is important to them, up from 22% a year ago.

But just as you can’t tell a book by its cover, car buyers can’t rely on a brand name alone to discern the true geographic lineage of a given model. So what are the real red, white and blue cars, trucks and SUVs of any brand for 2022?

Love it, hate it, or just remain baffled by it, Elon Musk’s all-electric Tesla brand is responsible for four of the six “most American” cars sold in the United States for 2022, with the Model Y SUV, built both in Fremont, California and Austin, Texas, landing in first place. That’s according to Cars.com’s annual American-made index which ranks vehicles based on their North American content and assembly.

Honda, otherwise considered a Japanese brand, placed four of its US-built vehicles in the website’s top 10 US rides. Meanwhile, the full-size Ford F-150 pickup truck, which is the true poster child for Detroit Iron, sits in 21st place in this year’s US index. It is outclassed in this regard by the mid-size Honda Ridgeline pickup in eighth place.

Below we run through the 20 most American vehicles along with their manufacturing origin.

Among automakers, Tesla has the highest proportion of vehicles produced in the country for 2022 at 100%, followed by Stellantis at 72.3%, Ford at 70.8%, Honda at 69%, the Renault-Nissan Alliance -Mitsubishi at 56 percent and General Motors at 55.8 percent.

Cars.com studied model year 2022 cars and based its ranking on five factors: assembly location, parts supply as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act, factory employment US in relation to vehicle production, engine supply and transmission supply. Excluded are vehicles from manufacturers who build fewer than 1,000 models per year, fleet cars only, heavy trucks, and models not yet on sale or those expected to be discontinued after the current model year without US-built successor. Also disqualified are models for which there is insufficient information provided by vehicle manufacturers, dealer audits, government records and other sources.

Consumers can also visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, which displays percentages of domestic and foreign content in cars from model years 2007 through 2022. This data is also included on many price stickers from new vehicles.

Note, however, that under the Labeling Act, content and labor originating in Canada are considered “domestic”. Perhaps then it is more appropriate to treat the top-rated vehicles as the “most CanAmerican“, eh ?

The 20 “most American” cars, trucks and SUVs for 2022

  1. Tesla Model Y (Fremont, California, or Austin, Texas)
  2. Tesla Model 3 (Fremont, CA)
  3. Lincoln Corsair (Louisville, Kentucky)
  4. Honda Passport (Lincoln, Alabama)
  5. Tesla Model X (Fremont, CA)
  6. Tesla Model S (Fremont, CA)
  7. Jeep Cherokee (Belvidere, IL)
  8. Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, Alabama)
  9. Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Alabama)
  10. Honda Pilot (Lincoln, Alabama)
  11. Chevrolet Corvette (Bowling Green, Ky.)
  12. GMC Canyon (Wentzville, Missouri)
  13. Chevrolet Colorado (Wentzville, Missouri)
  14. Acura MDX (East Liberty or Marysville, Ohio)
  15. Acura RDX (East Liberty or Marysville, Ohio)
  16. Acura TLX (Marysville, Ohio)
  17. Ford Ranger (Wayne, Michigan)
  18. Ford Bronco (Wayne, Michigan)
  19. Dodge Durango (Detroit, Michigan)
  20. Ford Expedition, Expedition Max (Louisville, Kentucky)

Source: Cars.com. You can read the full US-made index here.

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