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The NACTOY’s “Best of 2024” Announced

Twenty-five vehicles make the cut for North America's most respected automotive awards


The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards have unveiled its “Best of 2024” list during the Detroit Auto Show’s kickoff press conference. The prestigious awards organization narrowed down its finalists to 25 vehicles, emerging from an initial field of 52. The selections include ten cars, five trucks, and ten utility vehicles that will now advance to the final round of this highly competitive process.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The NACTOY awards have a reputation for being the longest-running new-vehicle accolades not affiliated with any single publication. Celebrating 30 years of operation, the awards have gained significance in the automotive industry, recognizing vehicles for excellence across various domains including innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, user experience, driver satisfaction, and value.

The final assessments for these awards will be made by a panel of 50 respected automotive journalists, who represent a diverse array of media outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Jeff Gilbert, NACTOY President, emphasized the distinct value of the jurors’ diverse perspectives. “We all evaluate vehicles in a different way. In the end, we come to a consensus. The vehicles on this list are worthy of further evaluation, and we look forward to spending more time driving them, learning more about them and comparing them with the competition,” said Gilbert.

2023 GMC Canyon

The process for final evaluation is rigorous and set for October, when many of the 50 jurors will meet in Michigan for an annual comparison drive. Once the evaluations—both individual and collective—are complete, the jurors will cast their votes. This will help determine the top three finalist vehicles in each category—cars, trucks, and utility vehicles. The names of these finalists will be publicly announced in Los Angeles on November 16, 2023, and the ultimate winners in each category will be declared at a special event in metro Detroit scheduled for January 4, 2024.

Here are the finalists:

2024 North American Car of the Year Candidates

2024 North American Truck of the Year Candidates

2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Candidates

BMW 5 Series

BMW i5*

Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray

Ford Mustang

Honda Accord

Hyundai Ioniq 6*

Subaru Impreza

Toyota Crown

Toyota GR Corolla

Toyota Prius/Prius Prime

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Silverado EV*

Ford Ranger

Ford Super Duty

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Blazer EV*

Chevrolet Equinox EV*

Dodge Hornet

Genesis Electrified GV70*

Honda Pilot

Hyundai Kona

Kia EV9*

Mazda CX90

Toyota Grand Highlander

Volvo EX30*

* Indicates electric vehicle

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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