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2021 Annual Meeting & Comparison Drive Event

Jurors met in October at Ann Arbor, Michigan for NACTOY's annual meeting and comparison drive. Jurors tested and compared the 12 cars, 12 utilities and five trucks that will be considered for the three 2020 annual awards.

Those final driving impressions provided a unique opportunity for jurors to refresh their memory about vehicles driven earlier in the year or experience vehicles they haven’t previously been able to drive. This was preparation for jurors to select nine finalists and, later, the final three winners that will be announced in January 2022.

2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards™

The 2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards™ were held on January 11, 2021 during a virtual event rather than at Detroit’s TCF Center in light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The  virtual event was held in partnership with the North American International Auto Show and followed by a media Q&A period with representatives from the winning automakers. The Hyundai Elantra, Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang Mach E were revealed as the 2021 winners.

2020 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards

The 2020 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards were held on January 13, 2020 at the TCF Center in Detroit. After hundreds of hours of test drives, research and evaluation by independent jurors, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Kia Telluride and Jeep Gladiator were revealed as the winners.

2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards

The 2019 NACTOY Awards were held on January 12, 2019 at the COBO center during the 2019 NAIAS (North American International Auto) Show in Detroit. Winners for 2019 were the Genesis G70 (North American Car of the Year), Hyundai Kona/Kona EV (North American Utility Vehicle of the Year) and the Ram 1500 (North American Truck of the Year).

2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Comparison Drive

NACTOY jurors gathered in Ypsilanti, Michigan from October 16 -18, 2018 for a comparison drive event to test drive the semifinalist vehicles for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards. Check out the gallery of NACTOY jurors attending our annual meeting and testing each vehicle before the next round of voting narrows down to three finalists in each category.

2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards

The 2018 NACTOY Awards were held on January 15, 2018 at the COBO center during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Winners for 2018 were the Honda Accord (North American Car of the Year), Volvo XC60 (North American Utility Vehicle of the Year) and the Lincoln Navigator (North American Truck of the Year).

2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards

The 2017 NACTOY Awards were held on January 9, 2017 at the COBO center during the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

WE’RE INDEPENDENT

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

WE’RE PASSIONATE

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

WE’RE UNIQUE

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