2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists: Which Ones Do You Think Will Win?


Last year, Ford, with its Focus, was the sole U.S. manufacturer included in the final list for the North American Car and Truck of the Year award and it finished in third place, behind the VW Passat and the winner, Hyundai’s Elantra.

Even more surprising was the truck class where the Range Rover Evoque beat the Honda CR-V and the BMW X3. Where is this world coming to if U.S. manufacturers can’t build an SUV or truck to make an impression in their own market?

Fortunately for them, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have made a comeback in the 2013 NCTOY finalists.

Along with the Honda Accord, Cadillac’s ATS and Ford’ Fusion are the three finalists in the car category. We don’t know if the ATS will win the crown but GM must surely be jumping in joy for putting yet another one over the BMW 3-Series, which was left out.

It’s the same story in the truck/utility category, with Chrysler’s RAM1500 full-size pickup and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid MPV being joined by Mazda’s CX-5 compact SUV.

Two out of three in both categories isn't bad at all for Detroit. Even more so if you factor in that the group from which they were selected by the 49 motoring journalists that vote for the NCTOY included 30 new cars and 15 new trucks, that were then narrowed down to 11 and 10 respectively.

So, which one of the three cars and the three truck/utility models from the final list (F) do you think will win the 2013 award in each category? Have your say below.

By Andrew Tsaousis

Vehicles selected for the 2013 North American Car of the Year in alphabetical order:

BMW 3 Series
Cadillac ATS (F)
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Dart
Ford Fusion (F)
Honda Accord (F)
Lincoln MKZ
Nissan Altima
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota Avalon

Vehicles selected for the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year (in alphabetical order):

Acura RDX
Audi Allroad
Ford C-MAX (F)
Ford Escape
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
Mazda CX-5 (F)
Nissan Pathfinder
Ram 1500 (F)


2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedanAll-New Ford Fusion Hybrid2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 SedanMazda-CX-52013 Ram 15002013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid


europeon said... »December 14, 2012

Most likely the Cadillac.

AstonMartin said... »December 14, 2012

Car | Cadillac ATS, Truck | Mazda CX5

john1168 said... »December 14, 2012

The Fusion or the Caddy.

Kaveh Ghavim said... »December 14, 2012

Out of those 6 cars the CX-5 is the onyl one worth owning.

Krazyrogue said... »December 15, 2012

Honda Accord

guest anyway said... »December 15, 2012

accord is a (F)? oh just choose the beamer instead
Fusion is a decent car but ATS should win. an optimum car from cadillac.

about UVs it should be Santa Fe rather than (F)ing CX5

Richard Joash Tan said... »December 15, 2012

but for me is the C-Max because the Explorer won before the Evoque

usc1985 said... »December 15, 2012

Car: Accord, the ATS is just an overpriced Cruze. SUV: Audi Allroad

AutobahnBurner said... »December 16, 2012

Accord or ATS, and CX-5

Anonymous said... »December 18, 2012

Looks like Honda got this one right

Chris Eskin said... »December 19, 2012

I can see Ford winning both awards. Nice job on the Fusion and Escape.

J said... »December 22, 2012

Accord and RAM because of all of the NEW technology brought to each segments..ya'll who don't agree are biast

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