Every year before the most-American holiday, Cars.com puts out its annual American-Made Index. This study takes a look at the 379 light-duty vehicles you can buy in the U.S. and ranks the top 95 American-made cars, trucks and SUVs. And, frankly, I’m always surprised which trucks come out on top, and which finish dead last.
In the trucks arena, you’d think Ford, Chevy, GMC and Ram would top the list. And you’d be wrong. In the case of Chevy and GMC full-size trucks, you’d be dead wrong.
So, which truck is actually the most “American”? Well, it’s the Honda Ridgeline for the second year in a row. Weird, right? Especially since that’s the only truck that makes the top 10.
There are three other Detroit Three trucks that do hit the top 20, but they’re all midsize: GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger.
Before everyone gets their knickers in a twist, let’s talk a bit about Cars.com’s methodology. The publication bases its rankings on five different criteria, and assembly location is just one of them. The other four: parts content, engine origins, transmission origins and U.S. manufacturing workforce.
Therefore, it not only looks at where the parts are coming from but how many Americans are employed in the making of the vehicle.
To me, that makes it even more fascinating the Detroit Three don’t have more trucks higher up on the list.
There isn’t a single full-size truck that makes the top 10 on the American-Made Index for 2022. Last year, Toyota Tundra hit No. 10, but this year with an all-new model, it dropped down to 23. And that’s for the gasoline model. The hybrid Tundra didn’t make the list at all.
The most-American full-size truck in 2022 is the Ford F-150 gasoline model.
Curious about where all the trucks fall? The complete list of trucks is below. If you want to see all vehicles, be sure to visit the entire Cars.com American-Made Index study.
|Rank||Model||Assembly location for cars sold in the U.S.||(Rank in the 2021 AMI)|
|8||Honda Ridgeline||Lincoln, Ala.||6|
|12||GMC Canyon||Wentzville, Mo.||15|
|13||Chevrolet Colorado||Wentzville, Mo.||14|
|17||Ford Ranger||Wayne, Mich.||28|
|21||Ford F-150||Claycomo, Mo., or Dearborn, Mich.||29|
|23||Toyota Tundra||San Antonio||10|
|40||Jeep Gladiator||Toledo, Ohio||40|
|45||Ram 1500||Sterling Heights, Mich.||42|
|56||Ford F-150 hybrid||Dearborn, Mich.||43|
|58||Nissan Titan||Canton, Miss.||51|
|68||Nissan Frontier||Canton, Miss.||57|
|82||Ram 1500 Classic*||Warren, Mich.||89|
|93||Chevrolet Silverado 1500*||Roanoke, Ind.||74|
|94||GMC Sierra 1500*||Roanoke, Ind.||80|
Previously, the Toyota Tacoma made the list, albeit at No. 87, but it dropped off for 2022. According to the editors at Cars.com, this is because Toyota is now only selling imported models, which are assembled in Baja California or Guanajuato, Mexico. Prior to this model year, some Tacomas were assembled in San Antonio, Texas, but that is no longer the case.
If supporting American manufacturing is your goal, it’s always worth doing a little research to see where the jobs and parts really originate.
So, if you’re buying a truck based on name alone, you might not be buying the most-American truck. While it seems weird to buy a Honda or a Toyota and call that American, in 2022 we have a global economy, so what is American now isn’t what was American once upon a time.
ram dealership I talked to the other day said 80% of new trucks ordered for stock will be 6 cyl. If you want a v8 you better order it.