The Tesla Model Y is the Most American-Made Vehicle On Sale Today

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Years ago, Chevy had its “Heartbeat of America” ad campaign, which highlighted the brand’s impact on the country and its workers. Now, however, General Motors isn’t even in the top ten of the most American-made brands, as the list has been taken over by Tesla and Japanese automakers with domestic production lines.’s recent American-Made Index placed the Tesla Model Y as the most American vehicle on sale today. The remaining top ten most American-made vehicles include:

·     Tesla Model Y

·     Honda Passport

·     Volkswagen ID.4

·     Tesla Model S

·     Honda Odyssey

·     Honda Ridgeline

·     Toyota Camry

·     Jeep Gladiator

·     Tesla Model X

·     Lexus TX

Most of those vehicles are produced in the American South, where several automakers operate major production facilities. Tesla lost its hold on the top four spots on the list, ceding ground to Honda and Volkswagen, which have both invested heavily in American factories and workers.

Though Tesla is the only automaker on the list with electric vehicles, pointed out that EVs have grown on the American-made index. Car companies have looked to localize production to take advantage of the U.S. federal government’s EV tax credits, half of which depend on the final build location.

All of this serves to illustrate the highly global nature of the car industry. While profits from brands like Toyota and Honda might ultimately flow back to another country, their economic impact is felt locally and is a significant benefit to the people who work at one of the automakers’ factories.

Note that “all-American” vehicles like full-size trucks and SUVs haven’t made the list. That’s due to an increasing dependence on foreign suppliers and manufacturers, and it illustrates the difficulty in looking to brands for their support of the American economy.

[Images: Tesla, Honda, VW]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Akear Akear on Jun 19, 2024

    US content

    Chevrolet Trax - 5%

    Honda Pilot - 52%

    What a disgrace!

    I glad Consumer Reports panned the Trax, and put it on its avoid list.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 20, 2024

    Ironic, the Honda Ridgeline, a truck that every truck guy loves to hate is in 6th place.

    • 1995 SC 1995 SC on Jun 21, 2024

      My wife's is great. She'll be excited to know it is the most American truck on the road. Makes me sad though

  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue
  • Kcflyer it's simple , most are too stupid to find china on a map , much less understand the evil of communism. which is, i guess, better then openly pushing to embrace communism/socialism......cough...dnc....cough
  • Kcflyer stop comparing to cars made in europe or other parts of asia to chinese cars those are not putting money directly in pockets of communist dictators who are actively trying to destroy the u.s.
  • The Oracle Not interested at this time. Any will be BEV only and I’m not ready for one of those.