Cars.com have just released their 2017 American-Made Index (AMI), thoroughly documenting which cars and trucks currently on the market are the most “American-Made”. Much to our surprise, the most American truck, is not actually from the “Big Three” manufacturer (Ford, GM, or Ram). It is Honda who takes home the title of most American-made truck with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
One would quickly assume that one of the big three from Detroit or Toyota trucks via Texas would take this title. However, according to Cars.com’s recently revamped methodology (due to so few cars being built completely in America), the Ford F-150 takes the number 2 truck spot (number 6 on the AMI). To understand why, here is how Cars.com makes their list:
“The 2017 American-Made Index ranks cars based on five factors: assembly location, domestic-parts content, U.S. factory employment adjusted by sales to reflect how many employees each sale supports, engine origin and transmission origin. (Additionally, curb weight is used in the event of a tie, favoring the heavier vehicle.)” – Cars.com
For those who don’t know, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is actually built at the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. This, along with the other factors for this index, suggest that Honda actually makes a more “American-made” truck than Ford.
To see what we make of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, be sure to watch the video below: