All new Ford, Honda Win 2022 North American Vehicle Awards let's take a look into it.

All new Ford, Honda Win 2022 North American Vehicle Awards let's take a look into it. 

Among this year's new and redesigned cars, Ford and Honda won three influential awards. An independent panel of dozens of jurors selected the 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck, and 2022 Honda Civic sedan and hatchback as the winners of the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

It was announced in Detroit today after successive rounds of voting by NACTOY. The organization's voting body is made up of 50 automotive journalists, including myself  Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

Each year, NACTOY votes on three awards: one for best car, another for best truck, and the third for best utility vehicle. However, that wasn't always the case. Historically known as the North American Car and Truck of the Year, NACTOY was founded in 1994 to recognize the best cars and trucks in North America, with the latter category including pickup trucks, minivans, and SUVs. In 2017, the organization formed a new category, Utility Vehicles, to separate SUVs and minivans.

Following an announcement of 23 semifinalists in September 2021 - new or substantially updated vehicles slated to be available in Canada, Mexico, or the U.S. by 2022 - NACTOY narrowed the list to nine finalists in November, with three per category. Each of today's winners beat two finalists:

  • Bronco beat out the Genesis GV70, a compact luxury SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand, as well as the Ioniq 5, a compact electric hatchback. (Do not confuse the Bronco with the Bronco Sport, which is a separate vehicle built on a different platform despite having a similar name.)
  • The Maverick beat out the Rivian R1T, an all-electric pickup truck, as well as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, a compact pickup.
  • The Civic beat out the Lucid Air, an electric luxury sedan from yet another new automaker on the block, as well as Volkswagen's stateside Golf hatchbacks, the Golf GTI and Golf R.
The fact that each group of finalists included an EV is a testament to the emergence of EVs. Although none of them prevailed, you don't have to look far to find the last time an EV took home a NACTOY. The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E took top honors in 2021. In fact, plug-in vehiIn fact, plug-in vehicles have contributed to NACTOY titles, or won them outright, for more than a decade: The Chevrolet Bolt EV won the top car award in 2017 while Volkswagen's redesigned Golf family, which included an all-electric e-Golf, won the award in 2015.a plug-in hatchback with 2011's winner was the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hatchback with a gasoline range extender.

Don’t confuse NACTOY awards with’s own Best Of Awards, which we’ll release in the weeks to come. Stay tuned for more.

All new Ford, Honda Win 2022 North American Vehicle Awards let's take a look into it. 

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