In 2022, Tesla Model Y and Model 3 topped the Cars.com American-Made Index. In addition, Model X came in fifth while Model S took sixth, making Tesla the most American-made automaker.
Cars.com has released the results of an annual study that ranks new cars that contribute the most to the U.S. economy. The 2022 study follows the same principles as in 2020 and 2021, ranking 95 vehicles according to the same five criteria: assembly location, parts content, engine origins, transmission origins, and U.S. manufacturing workforce.
Based on the assessment of all components, Tesla cars not only maintained their first place in the overall standings but also strengthened their presence on the list. Model Y took first place and became the most American-made car, climbing up from the third place in 2021. Just behind it is last year's winner, Tesla Model 3. Tesla Model X is in fifth place, and Tesla Model S is in sixth place. Both cars were refreshed last year and deliveries did not start before the Cars.com study, so they did not make the 2021 list.
Thus, summing up the positions, it becomes obvious that the entire line of Tesla cars is the most American-made, of which no other automaker can boast. This automatically leads to the understanding that the Texas manufacturer significantly supports the American economy by providing important jobs at home. While the U.S. manufacturers often choose to have manufacturing facilities outside and then export cars to sell to Americans, Tesla is focused on selling them cars that are made by their compatriots on their home soil. As Tesla strives to localize its supply chain, its vehicles claim to be 100% domestic, double the industry average.
Meanwhile, the US government continues to suppress Tesla by ignoring the merit and advantages of the manufacturer and favoring cars that are less made in the US by US residents. The Inflation Reduction Act, which provides tax credits for the purchase of pure electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, cut off the $7,500 tax credit for Tesla's five-seater Model Y. At the same time, the list includes hybrid SUVs with a negligible range offered by their batteries, which, moreover, are not assembled in the USA.
The Top 20
|Rank||Model||Assembly location for cars sold in the U.S.||(Rank in the 2021 AMI)|
|1||Tesla Model Y||Fremont, Calif., or Austin, Texas||3||Research||Shop|
|2||Tesla Model 3||Fremont, Calif.||1||Research||Shop|
|3||Lincoln Corsair||Louisville, Ky.||64||Research||Shop|
|4||Honda Passport||Lincoln, Ala.||9||Research||Shop|
|5||Tesla Model X||Fremont, Calif.||Unranked||Research||Shop|
|6||Tesla Model S||Fremont, Calif.||Unranked||Research||Shop|
|7||Jeep Cherokee||Belvidere, Ill.||4||Research||Shop|
|8||Honda Ridgeline||Lincoln, Ala.||6||Research||Shop|
|9||Honda Odyssey||Lincoln, Ala.||7||Research||Shop|
|10||Honda Pilot||Lincoln, Ala.||8||Research||Shop|
|11||Chevrolet Corvette||Bowling Green, Ky.||5||Research||Shop|
|12||GMC Canyon||Wentzville, Mo.||15||Research||Shop|
|13||Chevrolet Colorado||Wentzville, Mo.||14||Research||Shop|
|14||Acura MDX||East Liberty or Marysville, Ohio||Unranked||Research||Shop|
|15||Acura RDX||East Liberty or Marysville, Ohio||12||Research||Shop|
|16||Acura TLX||Marysville, Ohio||13||Research||Shop|
|17||Ford Ranger||Wayne, Mich.||28||Research||Shop|
|18||Ford Bronco||Wayne, Mich.||Unranked||Research||Shop|
|20||Ford Expedition, Expedition Max||Louisville, Ky.||11||Research||Shop|
In 2022, Tesla Model Y took the #1 spot for the most American 🇺🇸 made car. Here’s a 🧵from that report with links.— Gail Alfar (@GailAlfarATX) January 3, 2023
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