North American Car, Utility and Truck Of The Year Finalists

2018 nactoy vehicles of the year

Drum roll, please. Here are the recently announced nominees for 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year. From newcomers on the scene to all-new redesigned models, overall, it’s quite a field of candidates.  

Car of the Year Finalists: 

Utility of the Year Finalists:

Truck of the Year Finalists:

Nailing down the list to just nine vehicles took awhile. The process started out in June and involved dozens of vehicles.  Nearly 60 automotive journalists took part in three rounds of voting. They evaluated segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.  

“The 2018 finalists reflect the incredible variety of vehicles and new, advanced technology automakers are adding to their offerings as well as the increasing emphasis on making the most advanced safety features available to consumers even on affordable models,” said Mark Phelan, President of NACTOY.

Winners will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15, 2018.


Full Press Release:

Finalists for 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) award were announced today at the LA Auto Show. Every year, NACTOY presents an award for “North American Car of the Year,” “North American Utility of the Year,” and “North American Truck of the Year.”

The Finalists are:

  • Car:  Honda Accord, Kia Stinger, Toyota Camry
  • Utility:  Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, Volvo XC60
  • Truck:  Chevy Colorado, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

“The 2018 finalists reflect the incredible variety of vehicles and new, advanced technology automakers are adding to their offerings as well as the increasing emphasis on making the most advanced safety features available to consumers even on affordable models,” said Mark Phelan, President of NACTOY.

Votes from nearly 60 jurors were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained sealed until they were announced by the organization’s officers, including Vice President Matt DeLorenzo and Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix.

Chosen from dozens of new vehicles, jurors’ evaluated the finalists based segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The process started in June 2017 by determining vehicle eligibility and includes three rounds of voting.

“We continue to get exceptional contenders each year, and this year is no different. The task of selecting these nine finalists – especially in the car and ultra-competitive utility category – was extremely difficult,” Fix said. “And while there may be some favorites among the finalists any of these vehicles could end up walking away with the trophy in their category when we announce winners in Detroit in January.”

Winners of the NACTOY award will be announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 15, 2018.

Now in their 24th year, the awards are unique because — instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station — they are selected by a jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of NACTOY.

Photo Credit: Kia, Honda, Toyota, Alfa Romeo, Volvo, Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet
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2 Comments
  1. paul 1 year ago

    Jerry, knowing your dislike for the Alfa Romeo, what wouid your picks be ? pv

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      Amy Plemons 1 year ago

      Paul, the Expedition and Navigator are not out yet, so it’s hard to say on those two. RIght this minute, after spending time with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it’s pretty amazing! – Jerry

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