North American Car of the Year

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The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year are a set of automotive awards announced at a news conference each January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The jury consists of no more than 60 automotive journalists from the US and Canada.[1]


In 2016, a board of directors was created and the award became a 501 6(c) corporation. The new Board consists of: Mark Phelan, President; Matt DeLorenzo, Vice President; and Lauren Fix, Secretary / Treasurer.

For 2017 a new category was added to this award: Utility, with the Chrysler Pacifica the first winner.

List of nominees and winners[edit]

For each award and year, the winner is shown at the top in bold, with the other finalists in italics in a bulleted list below.


Year Car Truck Ref


Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Dodge Ram



Chrysler Cirrus

Chevrolet Blazer


Chrysler minivans

Ford F-150


Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Ford Expedition


Chevrolet Corvette

Mercedes-Benz M-Class


Volkswagen New Beetle

Jeep Grand Cherokee


Year Car Truck Ref


Ford Focus

Nissan Xterra


Chrysler PT Cruiser

Acura MDX


Nissan Altima

Chevrolet TrailBlazer


Mini Cooper

Volvo XC90


Toyota Prius

Ford F-150


Chrysler 300

Ford Escape Hybrid


Honda Civic

Honda Ridgeline


Saturn Aura

Chevrolet Silverado


Chevrolet Malibu

Mazda CX-9


Hyundai Genesis

Ford F-150
Dodge Ram
Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Transit Connect
2011 Chevrolet Volt Ford Explorer [3]
2012 Hyundai Elantra Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
2013 Cadillac ATS

Ford Fusion
Honda Accord

Ram 1500

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Silverado

2015 Volkswagen Golf Mk7
Ford F-150

2016 Honda Civic Volvo XC90


Beginning with the 2017 awards, the Truck of the Year category was divided, creating a new Utility Vehicle of the Year category.

Year Car Utility Truck Ref
2017 Chevrolet Bolt Chrysler Pacifica Honda Ridgeline [7]
2018 Honda Accord Volvo XC60* Lincoln Navigator
2019 Genesis G70* Hyundai Kona Ram 1500
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Kia Telluride* Jeep Gladiator [6]
2021 Hyundai Elantra Ford Mustang Mach-E* Ford F-150 [8]
2022 Honda Civic Ford Bronco Ford Maverick
2023 Acura Integra Kia EV6 Ford F-150 Lightning

*Vehicle was nominated for World Car of the Year; underlining indicates the vehicle won.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About NACTOY". North American Car of the Year (official website). Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  2. ^ "NACTOY Winners & Finalists - North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year". North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  3. ^ "Volt wins Car of the Year; Explorer takes top truck | Detroit Free Press". 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  4. ^ "Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 named North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year". 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  5. ^ "Chevrolet Sweeps 2014 NACTOY Awards". General Motors. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  6. ^ a b "North American Car of the Year". 2015-01-13. Archived from the original on 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  7. ^ Gardner, Paula (2017-01-09). "Here are the 2017 North American car, truck & utility vehicles of the year". MLive. Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  8. ^ "NACTOY Reveals Winners of the 2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle™ of the Year". 11 January 2021.

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