The No. 1 most American-made vehicle for 2020 is the Ford Ranger of Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co., according to Chicago’s Cars.com, a digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider. The company released its 2020 American-Made Index today, a list that ranks new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy.
The annual list measures vehicles based on criteria ranging from U.S. factory jobs and manufacturing plants to parts sourcing.
“This marks the 15th year we have released the American-Made Index, and for the first time, we are ranking a full, comprehensive list of qualifying American-made cars available in the U.S. Of some 350 cars on the market for 2020, 91 models qualified for our index,” says Kelsey Mays, senior consumer affairs and vehicle evaluations editor of Cars.com. “The auto industry is highly globalized, but these 91 models bring jobs to America and investments to our local communities — a growing concern for Americans in the current climate.”
According to Cars.com, 70 percent of shoppers consider a car’s U.S. economic impact a significant or deciding factor in their vehicle purchase. This is up from 66 percent who indicated the same in 2019. Nearly 40 percent of consumers reported they are more likely to buy an American-made car due to the current health and economic crisis, while 4 percent said they were less likely. About 26 percent said it was unpatriotic to buy a non-American made car, compared to 18 percent in 2019.
The top 10 finishers on the 2020 Cars.com American-Made Index are:
- Ford Ranger (Wayne, Mich.)
- Jeep Cherokee (Belvidere, Ill.)
- Tesla Model S (Fremont, Calif.)
- Tesla Model 3 (Fremont, Calif.)
- Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Ala.)
- Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, Ala.)
- Honda Passport (Lincoln, Ala.)
- Chevrolet Corvette (Bowling Green, Ky.)
- Tesla Model X (Fremont, Calif.)
- Chevrolet Colorado (Wentzville, Mo.)
The Ranger was resurrected for the U.S. market in 2019.
This year’s index ranks cars from 13 automakers built in 14 states. It ranks cars based on 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. It surveyed more than 1,000 participants from an independent, third-party provider from May 26-May 28.
More information on the index and the full list are available here.