• Sep 24, 2010

A pool of 50 U.S. and Canada-based automotive journalists from various news outlets has cut down the list for the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards to 14 possible winning vehicles in each category.

Among the manufacturers, Ford, Hyundai/Kia, General Motors, and Nissan lead with the most nominations, and the lists run the gamut from the inexpensive (Ford Fiesta, Mazda2), to the sybaritic (Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Porsche Cayenne), to the groundbreaking (Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf).


Jurors will cull each list down further in December, and the finalists will be displayed when the winning car and truck are announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

What car and truck do you expect to win? Check out our galleries of the finalists below, then click through the jump to place your vote for the car and truck you expect to win. If you like, you can also drop your fellow commenter a line as to what vehicle you'd most like to see take home the heavy hardware.

(*Full Disclosure: Author is a member of the NACTOY voting jury)




[Source: North American Car of the Year]




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a single truck on there, and while I know this is supposed to be a list of "game changers", one of the leading results in the poll is the thing that was the most de-trucked for the 2011 model year. This is sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can the Volt and the Leaf be on this list when they aren't on the road yet?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yaroukh that was awesome!
        • 4 Years Ago
        kinda reminds me of Nobel Peace prize :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. *stands and applauds*
      • 4 Years Ago
      With only a few exceptions thrown in, this looks like a "Worst Residual Values" list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand. How can you name the car/truck of the year?

      The Durango isn't even on sale yet. Nor is the Leaf or the Volt so they obviously can't been named for 2010. But this is for 2011? How can you name the car of the year in January?

      I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Alex Ovechkin is the MVP of the NHL this year. Let's present him the 2010-2011 Hart Memorial Trophy at Washington's season opener before the season even begins.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No F-150?
        • 4 Years Ago
        no, only real trucks, like that soccer mom and domestically partnered focused R class. lmao.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Votes still pretty low when I voted but its already looking like a close race between 2 in each category
        • 4 Years Ago
        No F150 on our list, but there are real trucks over at Internet Car and Truck of the Year such as the Ford Super Duty, Ram 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500. (Also no minivans!). Voting started this week: http://www.internetcarandtruckoftheyear.com. All of our trucks and cars are readily available to consumers and, more importantly, the media to drive and review.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vote for Sonata and Explorer. They are just outstanding in those classes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the car of the year required "beauty" only, then Jaguar XJ or other cars should be nominated but overall, SONATA deverves to win...(Kia Optima might be good as well but i don't like the interior....too blend and its styling is easy to get tired of.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volt all the way.

      There are many good cars on the list that make a great case for themselves, but at the end of the day they're all the best of outgoing technology*, and the Volt is the future.

      (*Except for the Leaf, but with a 100 mile range ((maybe)) it shouldn't be on the list at all IMHO)

      zelda642
      • 4 Years Ago
      CoTY: Ford Fiesta - The Sonata is impressive and is the first non-Genesis Hyundai that is a head turner. The 4-cylinder pushing design is definitely innovative, but with CAFE and fear of high gas prices things are heading this way. The competition is sure to offer alternatives soon (although less physically attractive ones). That's why my vote goes to the Ford Fiesta. It also symbolizes the push towards fuel frugality. However, it does it in a segment that is often neglected and lacks any style. Ford not only built a great budget car, but they made one that looks good and is fun to drive. Ford is the only company to think that economical people want to have fun and look cool too! Usually economical and extra amenities don't got hand in hand.

      ToTY: Ford Explorer - I agree its not a real truck. If I was to be strict this should probably go to the Grand Cherokee. However, this is where SUVs are heading for the general American populace who don't even need a truck based SUV to begin with. Obviously, this is the case with SUV's from many manufacturer's and Ford only gets the props here because the Explorer is the most iconic and is likely to be the one sales wise to lead the way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello Nathaniel, I Had a Saab 9-5 and the only draw back it had, I am a large person and I had a problem getting in and out of the car, outherwise a great cat, I think cars should be called cars and trucks should be called trucks and there should be a section for SUV'S
        • 4 Years Ago
        W.D.C. - I'm a large person and the new Saab 9.5 is just fine. It's a world beater. I'm surprised it didn't slip onto the list but I think I know why. Saab did a relatively small media introduction of the car (which probably snubbed a lot of judges) and it doesn't have them in the press fleet yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It shouldn't come as a SHOCK if the GM PR machine secures a win for the Chevy Volt, or that the press will ROLLOVER for Ford's Explorer PR onslaught.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as picking the winner (automobile), without doubt the Volt deserves it from a technological point of view. In many respects, it's the "future of the automobile". But, I'd be hard put not to pick the Sonata simply because the car is a vast improvement over Hyundais of the past few decades, and its representation of a car line that has been making enormous strides in product, quality, acceptability, and engineering advancement. Hyundai has become the car company that Honda/Toyota/Nissan were back in the 60s when they became "the" cars that shook-up Detroit. The Sonata deserves the award, but the Volt will probably win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volt and the Cherokee, its the only real truck on the list.
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