Each year, the Kogod School of Business releases the Made in America Auto Index, which highlights the new vehicles that contain the most U.S.-sourced domestic material. This year’s report found that the Lincoln Corsair is the “most American” new vehicle currently on sale, while the Ford Ranger, Ford F-150, and Ford Bronco (with the 10-speed automatic) weren’t too far behind, as each tied for eighth place, and both the the Ford Mustang and Ford Expedition ranked 11th on this particular list. The Ford Explorer also ranked 15th, a spot that it shares with its platform mate, the Lincoln Aviator. However, those vehicles aren’t alone, as the Ford Bronco with the seven-speed manual transmission ranked 18th out of 100 vehicles, too.
The manual Ford Bronco achieved that ranking thanks in part to the fact that 55 percent of the SUV’s content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the measurements for this study. The seven-speed manual gearbox isn’t produced in America, which is what caused this slip in rankings, though it has proven to be quite popular with buyers thus far – prompting Ford to offer the gearbox in conjunction with the Sasquatch Package, too. In terms of the rest of the rankings, the Ford Bronco finished behind the Corsair, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Chevy Corvette, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model Y, Dodge Durango, Honda Passport, F-150, Tesla Model X, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevy Camaro, Honda Odyssey, Honda Ridgeline, and Honda Pilot, to name just a few.
The Made in America Auto Index uses seven points derived from publicly available data based on research performed by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan to arrive at these conclusions – profit margin, labor, research and development; inventory, capital, and other expenses; engine, transmission, and body, chassis, and electrical components.
These rankings also take into account the economic value of the different components of auto manufacturing. For example, the highest-ranked cars are made by U.S. based manufacturers that utilize American engines and transmissions, as well as a high percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts. In the case of components like the engine and transmission and the location that the vehicle is assembled, those that aren’t U.S.-based are given a score of zero.