The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards have announced the nine finalists which will be competing for top honors.
The three vehicles battling for the title of 2021 North American Car of the Year are the Genesis G80, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra. All of them have been redesigned and are big improvements over their predecessors.
The sedans beat out a number of other semifinalists – including the Acura TLX, Cadillac CT4 / CT4-V, Kia K5, Mercedes E-Class and Polestar 2 – to advance to the final round.
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Moving onto the least exciting category, the 2021 North American Truck of the Year will be the Ford F-150, Jeep Gladiator Mojave or Ram 1500 TRX. Only one of them is all-new and the only semifinalist that was eliminated was the Ford Super Duty.
Lastly, the title of Utility Vehicle of the Year will go to the Ford Mustang Mach E, Genesis GV80 or Land Rover Defender.
All three are strong contenders and they beat out of a diverse field of semifinalists which included the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Bronco Sport. They also advanced over the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Seltos, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Toyota Venza and Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge.
According to NACTOY president Gary Witzenburg, “In this very challenging year, these nine vehicles emerged as our finalists out of an unusually strong field of 27 semifinalists. Each one of them – especially the 15 in the ultra-competitive utility vehicle category – is excellent in nearly every way.”
Of course, there can only be one winner in each category and final voting will occur early next year. The winners will then be announced on January 11th.