North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards has announced this year’s semifinalists.

On the car side, there are a number of high-profile models including the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Polestar 1 and Toyota Supra. There are also a handful of luxury cars including the BMW 3-Series, Cadillac CT5 and Mercedes A-Class. If that wasn’t enough competition, other semifinalists include the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, Mazda3, Subaru Legacy and Volkswagen Arteon.

There aren’t any high-performance models on the utility side, but there is an electric vehicle in the form of the Audi E-Tron. It will compete with an assortment of other luxury models such as the Cadillac XT6, Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Corsair and Volvo V60 Cross Country.

Also Read: Driven – 2020 Kia Telluride Is Large, Luxurious And Here To Eat The Explorer’s Lunch

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Mainstream models include the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Ford Escape, Hyundai Palisade and Subaru Outback. The list also has two crossovers we drove earlier this year including the Honda Passport and Kia Telluride.

While trucks are huge sellers, there are only five semifinalists this year. They include the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty, Ford Ranger, GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, Jeep Gladiator and Ram Heavy Duty.

A team of 50 jurors from Canada and the United States will now narrow down the field by test driving the models next month and voting for their favorites. After the results are tallied, three finalists will be named from each category and they’ll be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20th.

The winners of the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards used to be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January, but next year’s show has been moved to June. Despite this, an announcement is still slated for early next year.

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  • db

    Its going to be really hard to see passed the Vette on the car side and the Aviator on the truck side.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Telluride should be SUV of the year and the Vette should be car if the year.

  • Ben

    Corvette C8 and Aviator would have my vote. Both have had revolutionary changes not only for their model name, but for their brand. The RAM trucks have really stepped up the level of refinement in the segment however. That being said, I think the writing is one the wall for the Power Wagon when Ford’s F250 Tremor releases. It will likely be everything the RAM is, but with what everyone’s been asking for, a diesel and more towing power. Seemingly Ford has flattened out their off-road competition, claiming victory with the Raptor(1500) and Tremor(2500) offerings.

  • thejohnnycanuck

    Corvette, Gladiator and Aviator.

    Not that I’m cheering for the home teams or anything.

  • Kash

    911, Telluride or Palisades (Kia for looks, Hyundai for features/tech), and Sierra HD are my votes.

  • ErnieB

    C8 gets my vote for car of the year— it’s a no brainer. It’s a toss up between the Telluride and the Aviator for truck of the year.


    Aviator? I hadn’t seen those on the roads yet at all. Is people going to talk like how they talk about Mazda looking stylish when they barely sell?

    • :/ Yurr

      The Aviator literally just came out.

  • iggination

    Car of the year is going to be the C8.
    SUV of the year is going to be the Aviator, with a slight chance of the Passport taking it because of how much they already loved it. Although I really liked the Explorer as well.
    Truck of the year is going to be the RAM.

  • getoffme

    I am scratching my head here. Why is the C8 considered? It will not be released until next year…

  • Bananarama

    So some vehicles that should NOT be on this list:
    – The new Legacy (such a bland product, talk about leaving the needle frozen)
    – The Honda Passport (a chopped up Pilot is not award-worthy)
    – The Cadillac CT5 (that giant fake rear window pillar should automatically disqualify it haha)

    The rest is pretty even, but the C8 stands out as the most revolutionary. The Hyundai/Kia SUVs are also strong, but the new Aviator has just a bit more it-factor.

    If the new Mazda 3 hadn’t blown it in the reviews, I would have gone all in on that new design. Such a shame to hear it doesn’t drive as well anymore.

    The new Sonata is also very compelling, but just a bright spot in a dim segment. It’ll keep afloat, but probably won’t send out waves like the 6th Gen model.

    • donald seymour

      I updated you, but I must admit that I’m smitten by the CT5.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I bet the Vette will win

  • considering the radical departure from what it was the win will probably go to Corvette.

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