North American Car of the Year

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The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year are a set of automotive awards announced at a news conference each January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The jury consists of no more than 60 automotive journalists from the US and Canada. [1]


In 2016, a Board of Directors was created and the award became a 501 6(c) corporation. The new Board consists of: Mark Phelan, President; Matt DeLorenzo, Vice President; and Lauren Fix, Secretary / Treasurer.

For 2017 a new category was added to this award: Utility, with the Chrysler Pacifica the first winner.



Saturn Aura (Winner)
Honda Fit (Nominee)
Toyota Camry (Nominee)

Chevrolet Silverado (Winner)
Ram 1500 (Nominee)
Ford F-150 (Nominee)



Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe
Mercury Cougar XR7
Dodge Spirit ES
Plymouth Acclaim LX


Ford Econoline




Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Chevrolet Camaro
Toyota Supra

Dodge Ram
Chevrolet S-10
GMC Sonoma
Land Rover Discovery


Chrysler Cirrus
Ford Contour
Oldsmobile Aurora

Chevrolet Blazer
Ford Explorer
Ford Windstar


Chrysler minivans
Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Ford F-150
GMC Yukon/Chevrolet Tahoe
Land Rover Range Rover


Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Jaguar XK8
BMW 5 Series

Ford Expedition
Dodge Dakota
Toyota RAV4


Chevrolet Corvette
Audi A6
Lexus GS

Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Dodge Durango
Subaru Forester


Chrysler 300M
Honda Odyssey
Volkswagen New Beetle

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chevrolet Silverado
GMC Sierra




Ford Focus
Audi TT
Lincoln LS

Nissan Xterra
Dodge Dakota
Toyota Tundra


Chrysler PT Cruiser
Honda Insight
Toyota Prius

Acura MDX
Ford Escape
Toyota Sequoia


Ford Thunderbird
Nissan Altima
Cadillac CTS

Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Chevrolet Avalanche
Jeep Liberty


Mini Cooper
Infiniti G35
Nissan 350Z

Volvo XC90
Hummer H2
Honda Element
Nissan Murano


Toyota Prius
Mazda RX-8
Cadillac XLR

Ford F-150
Nissan Titan
Cadillac SRX


Chrysler 300
Chevrolet Corvette
Ford Mustang

Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Freestyle
Land Rover LR3


Honda Civic
Ford Fusion
Pontiac Solstice

Honda Ridgeline
Ford Explorer
Nissan Xterra


Saturn Aura
Toyota Camry
Honda Fit

Chevrolet Silverado
Ford Edge
Mazda CX-7


Chevrolet Malibu
Cadillac CTS
Honda Accord

Mazda CX-9
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Buick Enclave


Hyundai Genesis
Ford Flex
Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Ford F-150
Dodge Ram
Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC




Ford Fusion Hybrid
Buick LaCrosse
Volkswagen Golf/GTI/TDI

Ford Transit Connect
Chevrolet Equinox
Subaru Outback

2011 [2]

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Sonata
Nissan Leaf

Ford Explorer
Dodge Durango
Jeep Grand Cherokee

2012 [3]

Hyundai Elantra
Ford Focus
Volkswagen Passat

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Honda CR-V

2013 [4]

Cadillac ATS
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord

Ram 1500

2014 [5]

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Silverado

2015 [6]

Volkswagen Golf Mk7

Ford F-150


Honda Civic

Volvo XC90


From 2017, a new segment for Special Utility Vehicles was created.

Underline indicates the vehicle was nominated for World Car of the Year.

Bold indicates the vehicle won World Car of the Year.


2020 [6]

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