Ford gets both Utility and Truck awards
Hyundai Elantra named Car of the Year
The judging is in, and more than 43 vehicles were narrowed down to 27 and finally just three, the winners. More than 50 of the most prominent and respected automotive journalists in North America have spoken, and these are the winners of the 2021 North American Car, Utility, and Truck (NACTOY) of the Year Awards.
In the car category, the finalists were the Genesis G80 mid-size luxury sedan, the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, and the Nissan Sentra compact. The winner was the Hyundai Elantra, including the hybrid model and the N-Line performance versions. It’s the second time for the Elantra to win the award, with the fifth-generation (this is the seventh) winning in 2012.
2021 North American Truck of the Year finalists included the Ford F-150, Jeep Gladiator Mojave off-roader, and the 700+ hp supercharged Ram 1500 TRX. Taking home the award is the all-new Ford F-150. This year the best-selling pickup has been redesigned to be more capable, more luxurious, and offers fuel-savings including a first for the F-Series hybrid model.
Finalists for 2021 North American Utility of the year were the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle, the Genesis GV80 luxury crossover, and the Land Rover Defender. The winner was the Mach-E, Ford’s first purpose-built electric in our market, the vehicle was initially met with suspicion by enthusiasts for wearing the Mustang name, but the vehicle itself overcame that to win over the judges.