The Ford F-150 has long been known as a distinctly American entity, one that’s produced solely in the U.S. to boot. However, there’s more to a vehicle than that, of course, and multiple studies each year take a closer look at the source of the many components used in a vehicles’ construction. One of those studies is the Kogod School of Business 2022 Made in America Auto Index, which found that the Lincoln Corsair is actually this year’s “most American” new vehicle, while the Ford Ranger isn’t too far behind in eighth place. That also tied it with the Ford F-150 – albeit, only when equipped with certain engines.
The Ford F-150 finished eighth thanks in part to the fact that 55 percent of its content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the measurements for this study – but this particular ranking only applies to models equipped with the base Ford 3.3L V6, Ford 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, and Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engines. In terms of rankings, the light-duty pickup finished behind the Corsair, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Chevy Corvette, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model Y, Dodge Durango, and Honda Passport, some of which tied for specific positioning.
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.