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Want a Truly American-Made Car? Pick One of These

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Buying American is important to many, and that certainly extends to one of our biggest purchases: cars. But with so many parts, how do you determine just how "American" a car is? Every year, Cars.com releases an American-Made Index ranking cars and trucks. Each vehicle is analyzed in five categories:

  • Location of final assembly
  • Percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts
  • Country of origin for available engines
  • Country of origin for available transmissions
  • U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint

The index for 2021 model year cars is out, and for the first time ever, an all-electric vehicle took the top spot — and you may be surprised by the maker. Here are the 20 most American-made cars you can buy right now, including several you may mistakenly think of as imports.

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Lincoln Navigator
Ford Motor Company
Lexus ES
Toyota Avalon

18. Toyota Avalon

Assembly location: Georgetown, Kentucky

2020 ranking: 29

Honda Accord

17. Honda Accord

Assembly location: Marysville, Ohio

2020 ranking: 15

Jeep Grand Cherokee

16. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Assembly location: Detroit

2020 ranking: 26

GMC Canyon

15. GMC Canyon

Assembly location: Wentzville, Missouri 

2020 ranking: 11

Chevrolet Colorado

14. Chevrolet Colorado

Assembly location: Wentzville, Missouri 

2020 ranking: 10

Acura TLX

13. Acura TLX

Assembly location: Marysville, Ohio

2020 ranking: 25

Acura RDX

12. Acura RDX

Assembly location: East Liberty, Ohio

2020 ranking: 14

Ford Expedition 2020

11. Ford Expedition

Assembly location: Louisville, Kentucky

2020 ranking: 20

Toyota Tundra
2020 Honda Passport
2019 2020 Honda Pilot Elite
Honda Odyssey
Honda Ridgeline
Chevrolet Corvette
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Tesla Model Y
Ford Mustang

2. Ford Mustang

Assembly location: Flat Rock, Michigan

2020 ranking: 34

This iconic Ford made a big move in this year's rankings, vaulting from No. 34 to No. 2. 

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1. Tesla Model 3

Assembly location: Fremont, California

2020 ranking: 4

The Tesla Model 3 is the first all-electric vehicle to rank first in the American-Made Index's 16-year history. Elon Musk's company is the only automaker to claim 100% domestic production for all cars it sells in the U.S. For comparison, the industry average for the 2021 auto year was only 52%. Last year's No. 1 vehicle, the Ford Ranger, didn't crack the top 20 this year. 

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