The EV beat out the likes of the Corvette and F-150 to secure pole position.
When you think of the most American vehicles money can buy, images of the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Corvette spring to mind. Both are icons in their own right, with massive fan bases and an incredible history stretching back decades. More importantly, they're world-beating products that prove the USA can build great vehicles.
However, the good folks over at cars.com beg to differ. According to its latest survey, it's the Tesla Model Y that is actually the most American vehicle on the market. If you're scratching your head in confusion, allow us to explain. The study takes several factors into account to determine which cars are truly American products. These factors are parts content, engine and transmission origins, assembly location, and US manufacturing workforce.
Based on this, Musk's smallest SUV clinches pole position. Following closely is the Model 3 which came first last year. Overall, Tesla did very well. The entire lineup can be found in the top 10, with the Model X and S placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Ford Motor Company can be proud of the Kentucky-built Lincoln Corsair, which jumped from 64th to third position in a single year. The best-ranked product to wear the Blue Oval is the Ranger in 17th place (up from 28th last year), followed closely by the Bronco (18th) and Expedition (20th).
Honda should be proud of its rankings. It may not have beaten Tesla for overall honors, but four of its products occupy spots in the top 10 list. The Passport fared best with a fourth-place finish, but the Ridgeline (8th), Odyssey (9th), and Pilot (10th) all finished strongly. If you include Acura products, it's even more impressive. The MDX, RDX, and TLX all managed to grab a spot in the top 20.
The Japanese automaker notes more than two-thirds of its vehicles sold in the USA last year were produced at its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama plants. In the last 40 years, Honda has produced more than 29 million vehicles locally.
The best-ranked GM vehicle comes in the form of the Chevrolet Corvette, in 11th position. The supercar killer from Bowling Green, Kentucky finished just ahead of its commercial cousins, the recently recalled GMC Canyon (12th) and Chevrolet Colorado (13th).
Flying the flag for Stellantis are the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango, which placed seventh and 19th, respectively. While this represents an improvement for the Durango, the Cherokee has fallen three spots from last year. Further down the list, you'll find numerous automotive icons.
The symbol of America that is the Ford F-150 ranked at 21 and, while that's not massively impressive, it is better than last year's 29th position. Perhaps the Mustang's fall from grace is the most surprising. The world's best-selling sports car finished in second place last year but, curiously, only managed to secure a rather average 26th place ranking.