Tesla Tops's American-Made Index

Tesla’s Model Y continues its reign as the most "American" vehicle for the third consecutive year, according to car-shopping marketplace

The company revealed its 19th annual American-Made Index. Following Tesla is the Alabama-built Honda Passport and Tennessee-built Volkswagen ID.4. 

The company independently evaluates more than 400 vehicles to generate the list of 100 vehicles contributing most to the U.S. economy in manufacturing, parts sourcing and employment. 

When it comes to consumer demand for American-made, 56% of in-market car shoppers are willing to pay more for a vehicle if it creates more U.S. jobs — of those, 58% say they are willing to pay at least an extra 10%.



But 60% of Americans say that products need to be built in the U.S. by a company headquartered here to substantially contribute to the American economy.

Austin-based Tesla failed to repeat its 2023 sweep of the top four spots, with the Model X dropping to No. 9 and the Model 3 landing at No. 21 due to changes in workforce and domestic parts content, respectively. Despite this, Tesla still landed four of its vehicles on this year’s Index — three in the top 10 — and was also the only domestic automaker in the top 10.

Honda’s Odyssey and Ridgeline — boasting the most-American minivan and pickup truck — came in at No. 5 and No. 6., while the Toyota Camry and Jeep Gladiator each jumped 19 spots to land at No. 7 and No. 8. The Lexus TX makes a memorable entrance to the index, landing No. 10. 

Domestic manufacturing was thrust into the spotlight this past year by the recent United Auto Workers organizing efforts, said Patrick Masterson, lead researcher for’s American-Made Index. 

“Pundits champion homegrown corporations as the key to investments in local and state economies,” Masterson says. “However, when it comes to the global automotive industry, the badge on the hood doesn’t always reveal a vehicle’s economic contributions.”

In fact, 66% of vehicles on’s 2024 American-Made Index come from foreign automakers that support communities in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Over half of the vehicles on this year’s list were assembled in the South, outpacing the 45% assembled in the Midwest.

Alabama is at the forefront, with 15 vehicles produced in Huntsville, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery and Vance. Thousands of Alabamians are employed by Japanese-based Mazda, Toyota and Honda, South Korean automaker Hyundai and luxury German automaker Mercedes-Benz. 

In small towns like Lincoln and Vance, with populations of about 7,500 and 2,000, respectively, these foreign automakers have become vital to the local economy, creating jobs and driving economic growth through their investments in these communities. 

Notably, none of these automakers use UAW-represented labor — only 39% of vehicles on this year’s index were built by the union. This number could change as factory workers weigh joining the UAW.

However, the success of Alabama's auto industry demonstrates that foreign investments are also playing a crucial role in supporting and growing local economies.

Michigan remains a powerhouse for auto assembly, hosting 16 vehicles on the Index. Detroit, home to both GM and Ford, benefits greatly from the auto industry. Both foreign and domestic automakers bolster Michigan’s economy in cities like Flat Rock, Dearborn, Wayne, Lansing, Sterling Heights, Warren and Detroit. 

Netherlands-based Stellantis has six vehicles on the Index, while Ford and GM each have five vehicles contributing to the state's economic growth. 

GM boasts 18 vehicles on the Index, with five in Michigan and additional assembly locations in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. The highest-ranking GM vehicle is the Chevrolet Colorado, positioned at No. 23. Despite a 10% decrease in AMI representation since 2020, GM consistently has the most representation on the Index.

Ford has 12 vehicles on the Index, assembled in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri. The Lincoln Corsair at No. 29 and Ford Mustang at No. 31 are Ford's highest-ranking vehicles. Contrary to GM, Ford’s representation on AMI has increased 20% since 2020.

While 77% of vehicles on this year’s Index are gas-powered, the segment has declined 5% overall since 2020. On the other hand, the share of electrified vehicles has grown 130% since 2020, with the number of EVs up 100%, and hybrids and plug-in hybrids up 150%.'s American-Made Index ranks cars based on five factors: assembly location, parts sourcing as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act, U.S. factory employment relative to vehicle production, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing.

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