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The Ford Ranger Is The Most American Vehicle In The World For 2020

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These days, there’s been a bit more of an emphasis on buying American products. People simply want their hard-earned dollars to stay in the U.S., a task that typically isn’t very easy to accomplish. U.S. manufacturing has diminished greatly over the last several years, and that includes the automotive industry. But anyone looking to buy the most American vehicle on the planet doesn’t have to look any further than the Ford Ranger.

That’s because the Ford Ranger has topped Cars.com’s long-running American-Made Index for 2020. Now in its 15th year, the list now ranks all qualifying vehicles built in the U.S., versus years past, when it just selected the top 10-15 models each year. Thus, this year’s American-Made Index consist of 91 total vehicles, each of which at the very least go through final assembly in the U.S.

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The index ranks vehicles using five primary factors:

  • 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

Once all the data was compiled and the dust settled, the Ford Ranger came out on top as its U.S. parts content weighs in at a hefty 70 percent. Produced at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, the vast majority of the parts used to construct the mid-size truck’s 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine are also made in America, which helped boost the model’s score considerably.

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Other Blue Oval models that made this year’s American-Made Index list include the Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, and the Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid.

Cars.com also conducted a survey of over 1,000 U.S. licensed drivers that indicates a growing preference to buy vehicles made in America. In the survey, 70 percent of respondents indicated that a car’s economic impact in the U.S. had a significant impact on their buying decision, which is up from 2019’s 66 percent.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. What is “American”?

    According to our geography, anything made or existing in our American Hemisphere from Alaska and Canada to Panama (North America) and from Venezuela to Chile (South America) is “American”. Is this your point of view. or is just the “United States of America” (a Union of Federal States in North America) the correct point of view? If it is the latter, then you cannot define it as “American” (maybe “United Stated”?). But it you want to use the geographical point of view, then all the Ford and other domestic models assembled between Canada and Chile, with parts from these same locations, are “American”.

    I own three “American” vehicles: a 1995 Buick Regal assembled in Canada, a 2009 Chevy Equinox also assembled in Canada, and a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid assembled in Mexico. All three are U.S.A. brand models, and built in “America”. Add a future 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, assembled in Mexico, as “American”.

    • The only “Made in ____” stickers i believe are the ones that say “China”.
      Like the article said, 70% of the vehicle is made in America. Doesnt say “made in the USA”.
      Only critical components would be made in the US(A). Such as the engine component molds and whatnot. Im sure the raw materials are not from America. Most metal comes from china. All the simple crap comes from other countries with much cheaper overhead and wages. Like screws/bolts/other hardware, spark plugs, oil filters, tanks, tires, fenders, blah blah blah.
      Most things that say “made in America” should say “made in Mexico”.

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