N. American Car, Truck, & SUV Eligibility List


North American Car, Utility Vehicle, Truck of the Year
Photo credit: NACTOY
More entries are being added to the list of qualifying candidates eligible for this year’s North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards.

NACTOY is accepting entries later than usual to better accommodate this year's product launch delays due to the current pandemic. It’s released an updated list with new entries with plans to announce a final list by the end of August.

"The more we learn about automakers' new product plans for this year, the more it becomes clear that competition for our 2021 awards will be as fierce as ever," said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. "

NACTOY's 50 jurors will test and evaluate all eligible vehicles as they are made available through the rest of this year, including during an annual comparison drive that will be held Oct. 5-8 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Semi-Finalists in each category will be announced in November at the LA Auto Show, finalists in December and category winners in Detroit in January 2021. Both events of course depend on the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. at that time.

To be eligible, vehicles must be all-new or substantially new and must be available at dealerships before the end of the year.

The Previously Released List of 2021 NACTOY Candidates with Additions:



2021 Car of the Year

  • Acura TLX
  • Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e
  • BMW 330e and 330e xDrive
  • BMW 430i, 430i xDrive and M440i xDrive
  • Cadillac CT4/CT4-V
  • Genesis G80
  • Hyundai Elantra family (includes N Line and HEV)
  • Kia K5
  • Lexus IS
  • Mercedes-Benz E Class Sedan, All-Terrain, Coupe, Cabriolet
  • MINI Cooper SE
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Polestar 2


2021 Utility of the Year

  • Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
  • BMW X3 xDrive30e
  • BMW X5 xDrive45e
  • Buick Encore GX
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Ford Mustang Mach E
  • Genesis GV80
  • GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
  • Honda CR-V Hybrid
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Venue
  • Kia Seltos
  • Kia Sorento
  • Land Rover Defender 90 and 110
  • Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
  • Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge


2021 Truck of the Year

  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Super Duty
  • Jeep Gladiator Mojave


Last year’s winners were the Corvette Stingray, Kia Telluride and Jeep Gladiator. Currently, the Gladiator is the only one set up for a potential repeat win.
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