These Are The Semifinalists For The 2019 North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year

Auto show season is right around the corner and the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards has announced the semifinalists for 2019.

While cars have fallen out of favor with most consumers, there’s an extra two semifinalists in the North American Car of the Year category due to a tie in the voting. As a result, there are 14 semifinalists which are fighting it out for top honors.

Among the contenders are the Audi A6, Buick Regal Tour X, Genesis G70 and Honda Insight. The models will have to compete with the Hyundai Veloster, Kia Forte, Mazda6 and Mercedes A-Class. Nissan and Toyota both have two entries in the category and they include the Altima and Leaf as well as the Avalon and Corolla Hatchback. Rounding out the competitors are the Volvo S60 and Volkswagen Jetta.

The Utility category seems more competitive as it will see an assortment of popular models battle it out for top bragging rights. On the luxury side, there’s the Acura RDX, BMW X5, Cadillac XT4, Infiniti QX50, Jaguar I-Pace and Volvo XC40. The models will have to compete with more mainstream crossovers and SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Kicks. Other semifinalists include the Subaru Ascent and Toyota RAV4.

The competition for the 2019 North American Truck of the Year seems a little unfair, but there are only three contenders. They include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500. All of the trucks have been redesigned for 2019 and it will be interesting to see the Silverado fighting the Sierra.

It’s an fun match up as the tucks are more differentiated than ever before and the Sierra is offered with a trick MultiPro Tailgate that has six unique functions. Of course, the Sierra’s most distinctive feature is the optional CarbonPro bed which is stronger than a traditional steel bed while also weighing 62 pounds (28 kg) less.

The jurors will test all the models next month and finalists will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Shortly thereafter, the winners will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • Mr. EP9

    Wow, Ford didn’t make the cut?

    • Harlan McCartney

      What did they have new for 2019?

      • kachuks

        Lack of sedans? Does that count?

  • Bananarama

    I think the Genesis G70 and Insight are the two stand outs for the sedan ring (surprised no Stinger?). Maybe some competition from the new A-Class. The rest are either old news, boring, or plain ugly (the Avalon is ATROCIOUS).

    It would be cool to see the I-Pace win for the Utility category. I can see the RDX and XC40 offering strong punches for design and value from a more mainstream class.

    • nastinupe

      The Stinger isn’t new for 2019, it came out last year. I believe that the new Wrangler should win SUV of the year, Jeep did an amazing job with the redesign. I am a little biased about the sedans and lean toward the Audi A6.

  • Rocket

    G70 would be my choice for Car. I won’t even guess on the Utility — too many solid choices. RAM should take the Truck honors easily. I’m not sure Chevy would beat the current Silverado. What a disappointment.

  • Craig

    If the Ram doesn’t win….. then I’ll know this whole thing is a crock.

    • kachuks

      It would be just as bad as that first GGG/Canelo scorecard.

    • schnittz

      Sierra overall is a much better truck!

      • Craig

        Not even close!

      • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

        no it aint..

  • Belthronding

    here my choices;

    car: my winner A6 has lots of advanced tech and classy interior,also looks really good to me.
    but volvo’s long awaited s60 is damn so hot in & out and safety features is like expected to be.
    genesis g70 needs some time for sure but it feels some good deal,so..
    toyota’s corolla hb is 1 billion miles way better than outgoing auris so i needed to put it either.

    utility: here xc40 overcomes others and hits the pot,no need any other word.
    toyota rav4 gets some wildness (at last!!) and feels badass and i absolutely like it.
    Jaguar I-Pace looks like a nerd guy but it has lots of tech and EV stuff brings it here.
    Infiniti QX50 looks lovely and it is going to be selling good.

    truck:i have 2 winner and no loser here; gmc hits my heart with sierra becuse it looks sexy,functionality is sky high,feels completely good deal at all, but new ram is some truck which i can’t place it as second because it is such a badass and that interior is pure seduction,man it’s just totally perfect.
    chevy silverado is another benchmark for sure and upcoming generation would be the same,but it is not better than other 2,at least to me.

    • nastinupe

      Wranger should be included in the SUV category. It’s wildly popular and the improvements and fit and finish are second to none.

      • Belthronding

        absolutely sir

  • Nihar

    A7

  • Paul

    I give it to the RAM, the Cadillac XT4, and the VW Jetta.

  • Six Thousand Times

    G70, I-Pace, Chevy.

  • vvmdrf

    G70, XC40, RAM

  • WalthamDan

    Insight, I-Pace, RAM

  • Jason Panamera

    Toyota Avalon, I-Pace and Ram 1500.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    The New GM trucks are a big let down..Rams Got The Win!

  • Paul S.

    Oh great, the Genesis G70, a car their dealers in the U.S. have no idea when its supposed to arrive…. But Im sure its great in Canada

  • Perry F. Bruns

    GMC products should be marketed as what they are: Higher trim levels for Chevrolet trucks and SUVs.

    Where I’m from, “GMC” always stood for “Generically Marked Chevrolet.”

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Genesis G70
    Toyota Rav4
    Ram1500

  • nastinupe

    Where’s the A7?

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Car: Toyota Avalon
    Truck: Ram 1500
    SUV: Jaguar i-Pace

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