The Jurors

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Jurors

Our automotive awards are unique because — instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station — they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Each year this unbiased jury of approximately 60 expert print and broadcast journalists combine centuries of discerning experience to determine the winners of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards.

Board of Directors

Mark Phelan, President of North American Car Truck of the Year

Mark Phelan


Auto Critic & Columnist – Detroit Free Press

Matt DeLorenzo Vice President of North American Car and Truck of the Year

Matt DeLorenzo

Vice President

Kelley Blue Book

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach Board of Directors North American Car and Truck of the Year

Lauren Fix

Secretary & Treasurer

Car Coach Reports, O&O, Parade Magazine, USA Radio - Day Break 

The Jury

Frank Aukofer NACTOY Juror

Frank Aukofer

DriveWays – Freelance

Mike Austin NACTOY Juror

Mike Austin

Editor In Chief, Autoblog

NACTOY Juror Kirk Bell

Kirk Bell

Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News

David Booth NACTOY Juror

David Booth

Freelance – National Post

Karl Brauer NACTOY Juror

Karl Brauer

Freelance –

Paul Brian NACTOY Juror

Paul Brian

The Motor Minute, O&O

Lindsay Brooke NACTOY Juror

Lindsay Brooke

Automotive Engineering / SAE International

Dan Carney NACTOY Juror

Dan Carney


Sharon Silke Carty NACTOY Juror

Sharon Silke Carty

Automotive News

Jim Cobb NACTOY Juror

James Cobb


John Davis NACTOY Juror

John Davis

MotorWeek – PBS Broadcast/Velocity Cable

Jamie Page Deaton NACTOY Juror

Jamie Page Deaton

Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Reports Best Cars

Joe DeMatio NACTOY Juror

Joe DeMatio

Deputy Editor, Road & Track

Denis Duquet NACTOY Juror

Denis Duquet

Le Guide de l’auto

Paul Eisenstein NACTOY Juror

Paul Eisenstein

The Detroit Bureau

Jeff Gilbert NACTOY Juror

Jeff Gilbert

WWJ Newsradio 950, CBS Radio Network

Aaron Gold NACTOY Juror

Aaron Gold


Joni Gray NACTOY Juror

Joni Gray


Ken Gross NACTOY Juror

Ken Gross


Bengt Halvorson NACTOY Juror

Bengt Halvorson

Environmental Editor, Car and Driver

Lou Ann Hammond NACTOY Juror

Lou Ann Hammond,, John Batchelor radio

North American Car and Truck of the Year Logo

John Pearley Huffman

Freelance – NY Times, Car and Driver

Erik Johnson NACTOY Juror

Erik Johnson

Executive Online Editor, Car and Driver

Antoine Joubert NACTOY Juror

Antoine Joubert

RPM and RPM+

Jim Kenzie NACTOY Juror

Jim Kenzie

Toronto Star, Motoring TV

Jodi Lai NACTOY Juror

Jodi Lai


Marc Lachapelle NACTOY

Marc Lachapelle


John Lamm NACTOY Juror

John Lamm


Anita Lienert NACTOY Juror

Anita Lienert

Freelance –

Kelsey Mays NACTOY Juror

Kelsey Mays

Senior Editor,
Senior, Consumer Affairs

Sue Mead NACTOY Juror

Sue Mead

Motor Matters, Latina Style, Truck Trend, Four Wheeler, Cool Hunting, The Land Report

Mitch McCullough NACTOY Juror

Mitch McCullough

New Car Test Drive

John McElroy NACTOY Juror

John McElroy


Javier Mota NACTOY Juror

Javier Mota – Editor in Chief
Telemundo, Un Nuevo Día – Autos TV Reportes
NBC Deportes – Autos

Joann Muller NACTOY Juror

Joann Muller

Autos Editor, Forbes Media

Jack Nerad NACTOY Juror

Jack Nerad

Freelance Writer & Author, America on the Road Radio

Sott Oldman NACTOY Juror

Scott Oldham


Marty Padgett NACTOY Juror

Marty Padgett

Editorial Director, Internet Brands Automotive

Chris Paukert NACTOY Juror

Chris Paukert

Roadshow by CNET

Henry Payne NACTOY Juror

Henry Payne

Detroit News

Tony Quiroga NACTOY Juror

Tony Quiroga

Car and Driver

Ron Sessions NACTOY Juror

Ron Sessions

New York Daily News, Car and Driver,, Automotive Engineering,,,

Jeremy Sinek NACTOY Juror

Jeremy Sinek

Globe & Mail,

Steven Cole Smith NACTOY Juror

Steven Cole Smith, AutoWeek

Ben Stewart NACTOY Juror

Ben Stewart

Freelance – Popular Mechanics, Autoweek,

Tony Swan NACTOY Juror

Tony Swan

Freelance – Popular Mechanics, Autoweek,

Richard Truett NACTOY Juror

Richard Truett

Automotive News

Lawrence Ulrich NACTOY Juror

Lawrence Ulrich

Freelance – New York Times

Gary Vasilash NACTOY Juror

Gary Vasilash

Automotive Design & Production

Al Vazquez NACTOY Juror

Al Vazquez

FAMA Autos

John Voelker NACTOY Juror

John Voelcker

Editor of, Senior Editor at High Gear Media

Basem Wasef NACTOY Juror

Basem Wasef


Larry Webster NACTOY Juror

Larry Webster

VP of Content, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance

Joe Wiesenfelder NACTOY Juror

Joe Wiesenfelder

Leslie Wimbush NACTOY Juror

Lesley Wimbush

National Post Media,,

Drew Winter NACTOY Juror

Drew Winter

Senior Content Director, WardsAuto

Gary Witzenburg NACTOY Juror

Gary Witzenburg

Freelance – Motor Trend, Ward’s Auto World, Kelley Blue Book


The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards are determined by an independent and diverse group of jurors from all across North America.


Jurors attend launch programs for each eligible vehicle and then test drive them again during a three-day, back-to-back comparison held in October for direct side-by-side evaluations.


Initiated in 1994, the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication.