The Tesla Model 3 reached the number one spot in Cars.com’s 2021 American-Made Index (AMI), making it the first all-electric vehicle to top the list in its 16-year history.
The annual survey results, released Wednesday, “ranks new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy” based on U.S. factory jobs, manufacturing plants and sourcing of parts, according to the Cars.com.
Tesla’s all-electric vehicles hadn’t made their way onto the list until 2020 when the Model 3 took the No. 4 spot and the Model S placed at No. 3. Tesla Model X was also No. 9 last year.
In 2021, Tesla Model Y made the list in the No. 3 spot. The Model Y and 3 are both built at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.
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“It’s worth noting that Tesla is the only major automaker to claim 100% domestic production for all cars it sells in the U.S., well above the industry’s roughly 52% average for the 2021 model year,” Kelsey Mays, assistant managing editor at Cars.com, told USA TODAY.
Ford, with its factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, wins the No. 2 spot with its Mustang, down from last year, when the Ford Ranger took No. 1, which is now at No. 28. Jeep snatches spot No. 4 with its Jeep Cherokee.
Honda has spots 6, 7, 8 and 9, with its Ridgeline, Odyssey, Pilot and Passport, all made in Lincoln, Alabama. Toyota takes the final spot with its Tundra model made in San Antonio, Texas.
Out of the 344 models on the market in 2021, 90 qualified for this year’s AMI. General Motors had the most on this year’s list, with 19 in total. Honda has 13, with the Civic coming in at No. 90. Toyota has 12 and Ford has 11.
This shows that despite the ongoing semiconductor shortage and lack of vehicle inventory, consumer demand is high, especially for American-made vehicles.
“Among the cars up for sale this model year that have the highest American-made credentials, there’s no single formula that tops all the rest. That’s ultimately good for consumers who care about buying American-made, as they have a wide range of vehicle types with high domestic credentials,” Mays said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused consumers to want more and more American-made vehicles.
Research done by Cars.com shows 72% of shoppers consider a car’s U.S. economic impact an important deciding factor in their vehicle purchase, according to Cars.com.
“Even as the pandemic threat begins to wane, a third of respondents in 2021 still say COVID-19 has made them more likely to buy an American-built vehicle. Up from just a quarter of respondents in 2020, 29% this year say that it’s ‘unpatriotic; to purchase a non-American-made vehicle,” the car website said in a statement.
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Top 15 most “American-made” vehicles
Ranked from highest to lowest with where each vehicle was made
- Tesla Model 3, Fremont, California
- Ford Mustang, Flat Rock, Michigan
- Tesla Model Y, Fremont, California
- Jeep Cherokee, Belvidere, Illinois
- Chevrolet Corvette, Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Honda Ridgeline, Lincoln, Alabama
- Honda Odyssey, Lincoln, Alabama
- Honda Pilot, Lincoln, Alabama
- Honda Passport, Lincoln, Alabama
- Toyota Tundra, San Antonio, Texas
- Ford Expedition, Expedition Max, Louisville, Kentucky
- Acura RDX, East Liberty, Ohio
- Acura TLX, Marysville, Ohio
- Chevrolet Colorado, Wentzville, Missouri
- GMC Canyon, Wentzville, Missouri