Wednesday, January 17, 2018

North America Votes and This is Their Car and SUV of the Year


Chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from the print, online, and broadcast media across the United States and Canada, the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) was recently announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (aka Detroit Motor Show).

And after the dust has settled, the Honda Accord, Volvo XC60, and Lincoln Navigator were crowned the 2018 North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year winners respectively.

The three winners each stood out in their segments for different reasons.

“Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick — not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it’s somehow roomier inside, too,” said Chris Paukert, a NACTOY juror. “Even in low-end trims, it drives well and offers a strong amount of standard equipment.”


Volvo XC60: “Like the XC90, the XC60 offers Volvo’s distinct brand of luxury and it may even be more appealing than its bigger brother. The ride is exemplary, and when smartly equipped, it is a fine value,” said NACTOY juror and freelance auto writer Kirk Bell.

NACTOY Juror Ron Sessions of the New York Daily News said, “the 2018 Navigator received a more dramatic update than its Ford Expedition sibling and its impact for the brand will be stronger as a result. With its design now aligned with the Continental, the Navigator becomes an even more important image – and the profit-maker for Lincoln.”

Chosen from dozens of new vehicles, jurors evaluated the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for money. The process started in June 2017 by determining vehicle eligibility and includes three rounds of voting.

Now in their 24th year, the awards are unique because they are awarded a group of dozens of respected automotive journals instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station.

The other finalists were (winner in bold):

Car of the Year
Utility Vehicle of the Year
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Volvo XC60
Truck of the Year

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