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Ford Explorer Ranked Fifteenth In 2022 American Made Index

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 weren’t too far behind, as each tied for eighth place, and both the the Ford Mustang and Ford Expedition tied for 11th on this particular list. Now, another Blue Oval product has made the cut, too – the Ford Explorer.

The Ford Explorer and the high-performance ST variant both ranked 15th on this list thanks in part to the fact that 45 percent of the crossover’s content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the measurements for this study. In terms of the rest of the rankings, the Ford Explorer finished behind the Corsair, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Chevy Corvette, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model Y, Dodge Durango, Honda Passport, F-150, Bronco, 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 0.

We’ll have more insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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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    Imagine being proud to be fifteenth!!!!!!
    Goes to show how the quality and the perception of quality at Ford is in the toilet. I worked on them at stealership for 25 years and now I take care of a municipal fleet of them. The newest crop is the worst. How they could actually produce the hybrid Explorer is beyond me. The thing is horrible. I have other hybrids and they switch seamlessly between battery and ICE. Not these things. They buck,jerk and shift like crap. Never mind the endless software updates, that do nothing. An over complicated lump. Ford you should be ashamed, not proud.


    I like it that NOW, the head cheese says quality is Fords biggest problem and will take seven years to fix it !!!!
    Meanwhile when he came in over a year ago all he knew was EV’s are the future. Look how troublesome they are turning out to be. After being part of Ford for so long I just can’t get over how they pick these clowns to run the show. They did have a few good ones but that was years ago. How the imports must laugh at us. All the way to the bank that is .


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