N. American Car, Truck, and Utility Of The Year Semi-Finalists


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We’re fast approaching the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards that will be announced in January. This year, 27 semi-finalists made the cut for the prestigious awards. That list includes eight cars, 15 utility vehicles and four trucks.

To be eligible, the vehicles must be either all-new or substantially new 2021 model year cars, trucks or utility vehicles, and be available to consumers this year. NACTOY says it accepted vehicle entries from automakers later than normal this year to better accommodate more than the usual number of late-launch vehicles due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

“Many of the new models on our semifinalist list make bold statements that are intended to distinguish them within their segments,” NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg said. “Several are all-electric, while others have groundbreaking designs or off-the-charts capabilities. It will be fascinating to see which risks pay off this year as our evaluation process continues.”

This year’s semi-finalists were picked by a jury of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada.

The list will be further whittled down to three finalists in each category and those will be announced in December during an event hosted by the LA Auto Show. We’ll find out who the winners are in January 2021 during an event hosted by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

2021 NACTOY Semifinalists:


Car of the Year

  • Acura TLX
  • Cadillac CT4/CT4-V
  • Genesis G80
  • Hyundai Elantra family (includes N Line and HEV)
  • Kia K5
  • Mercedes-Benz E Class Sedan, All-Terrain, Coupe, Cabriolet
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Polestar 2

Truck of the Year

  • Ford Super Duty
  • Ford F-150
  • Ram 1500 TRX
  • Jeep Gladiator Mojave

Utility of the Year

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Ford Mustang Mach E
  • Genesis GV80
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Seltos
  • Kia Sorento
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
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