Tesla Is Most ‘American’ Car You Can Buy, According to New Automotive Study

Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3 is apparently the most “American” car on the road today.


If you’re committed to buying American when shopping for a new car, better get yourself a Tesla

Elon Musk’s EV company has been declared the “most American” automaker according to Cars.com’s long-running American-Made Index, marking the first time that an electric car brand has come out on top in the list’s 16-year history. 

While the auto website  doesn’t reveal its exact methodology in ranking each 2021 make and model, the five factors they account for are location of final assembly, percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, engine’s country of origin, transmission’s country of origin, and the U.S. workforce involved in assembly. 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Specifically, the Tesla Model 3 claimed the No. 1 spot, followed by the Ford Mustang, Tesla Model Y, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Corvette. See the top 20 here: 

  1. Tesla Model 3
  2. Ford Mustang
  3. Tesla Model Y
  4. Jeep Cherokee
  5. Chevrolet Corvette
  6. Honda Ridgeline
  7. Honda Odyssey
  8. Honda Pilot
  9. Honda Passport
  10. Toyota Tundra
  11. Ford Expedition
  12. Acura RDX
  13. Acura TLX
  14. Chevrolet Colorado
  15. GMC Canyon
  16. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  17. Honda Accord
  18. Toyota Avalon
  19. Lexus ES
  20. Lincoln Navigator


The Drive reports that the lowest-ranked models include both foreign marques like Nissan, Toyota and Honda in the bottom five and domestics like the Ram 1500 at No. 89 and and the GMC Sierra 1500 at No. 80.  

But it would be wrong to even the the last-place model, the Honda Civic, an “un-American” car—there are 254 other models sold in the U.S. that didn’t even make the list at all.