Released in June, the Cars.com 2017 American-Made Index ranked the 10 most patriotic 2017 cars — that is, the 10 cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic-parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for Used Engine and transmissions, and high support for U.S. manufacturing jobs. In response to the AMI, Cars.com readers took to our Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts — here's what they had to say.
Topping this year's list were the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, assembled in Toledo, Ohio, and the Jeep Cherokee, assembled in Toledo and Belvidere, Ill. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' massive Toledo Assembly Complex employs more than 5,000 people and produces as many as 50,000 vehicles a month. The citizens of "Jeep Country" are fiercely proud of the work they do and the American-made cars they produce.
Ohioans and Jeep owners celebrated the Wrangler and Cherokee's AMI win on social media:
I love my Wrangler ... Jeep Wrangler tops https://t.co/opmmhb9UZb American-Made Indexhttps://t.co/R1o9DeJP3w— Rena Jones (@RenaJJones) June 26, 2017
The #Jeep brand tops 2017 American-Made Index, and many models are made just 50 miles away from us in #Toldeo! https://t.co/70bdangMNr pic.twitter.com/aKrPAdRZ3t— Terry Henricks CDJR (@HenricksCDJR) June 26, 2017
Proud to say that I build both the Wrangler and Cherokee— GirlJeeper (@estradaadamshic) June 26, 2017
It's a Jeep thing... pic.twitter.com/oKKB0XfZak— Claire (@Rockerchix86) June 26, 2017
Jeep Wrangler tops https://t.co/0Q6UeOCj5g American-Made Index https://t.co/wm8hlLnF1f via the @FoxNews Was there ever any question?— Motrcity (@hlsitton) June 26, 2017
Three Fords, three Hondas, one GMC and one Acura also made the list of the 10 most-American cars. Some Twitter users were happy to see their cars represented, while others were surprised to see Honda on the list since the automaker is headquartered in Tokyo.
I have the third most American car. pic.twitter.com/Yw3mz6NCRd— who cares (@jarednovak1356) June 26, 2017
Of the top 10 cars made in the US with highest US content, 4 are...— Bad Bradley (@bradley1a) July 12, 2017
Jeep Wrangler tops https://t.co/nL2I8kqGsH American-Made Index | https://t.co/licNMwh1LP I agree with number 1, but surprised by the list.— JerBear (@jerwarri) June 26, 2017
Interesting that the list is dominated by brands owned by foreign corporations. And that the only "car" on the list is the Taurus.— Nick Roosevelt (@nroose) June 29, 2017
Due to the globalization of the automobile industry, the number of models meeting the original American-made criteria fell, so Cars.com updated its methodology for the 2017 index. This meant that Toyota, which topped the list in previous years, no longer qualified. Some AMI readers took note of the change, and one pointed out Tesla's absence from list.
For 2017, https://t.co/DrNXYWZJOy has revamped its longstanding American-Made Index for the first time. #MadeInAmerica— Car Stop (@officialcarstop) June 30, 2017
Changed methodology means @Toyota #Camry and Toyota #Sienna, which were #1 and #3 last year, have fallen off the @carsdotcom list entirely.— Mark Rechtin (@MarkRechtin) June 26, 2017
@Kelsey_Mays by excluding hybird/electric you left off the most American cars from @TeslaMotors cc @elonmusk— Jack Gay (@SomeGuyJack) June 26, 2017
For more info on how Cars.com arrived at the AMI top 10, read the methodology here.