The 2014 North American International Auto Show is right around the corner, which means it's high time we find out which cars and trucks have become finalists for the prestigious North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards.

The finalists – three in cars and three in three trucks/utilities – are dominated by American brands, with two-thirds of the finalists hailing from either General Motors or Chrysler (don't worry Ford, there's always next year), while models from Mazda and Acura can also be found in each contest. Here now is the list of finalists for the big prizes:

2014 North American Car of the Year:
2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year:
Interestingly, the North American Car of the Year grouping is identical to the three finalists chosen by Motor Trend for its Car of the Year – a contest won by the Cadillac CTS. The Corvette Stingray, meanwhile, is the most performance-minded entry we've seen on the list for some time, and the diminutive Mazda3 is there as the affordable, stylish and economical entry.

For the truck/utility award, we're somewhat surprised to see the Acura MDX make the list, while the Chevrolet Silverado is the sole 'traditional' truck to make it to the finals. Despite its controversial looks, Jeep's Cherokee is more than a dark horse in our eyes, and advanced features like a nine-speed auto and a range of four-wheel drive systems could make it a compelling choice.

There are some enthusiast-leaning omissions in each category (you can view the entire list of finalists in the press release), including the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Jaguar F-Type on the Car of the Year side. In the trucks/utility category, both the new Land Rover Range Rover Sport and the BMW X5 are great steers, too. All of the aforementioned were voted onto the NACTOY short list for the awards, but failed to make it into the final three slots.

As always, we want to know which of these vehicles will win their respective competitions. Put yourself in the shoes of the 48 journalists that are able to cast a vote, and have your say in the polls below. Once your vote has been cast, dive into Comments and let us know which models you'd pick if you were on the jury.



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DETROIT – General Motor dominated the finalists for the 2014 North American Car of the Year, taking two of the three spots. It also took one of the three spots for 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

Forty-eight automotive journalists from the United States and Canada voted the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mazda3 finalists for the 2014 North American Car of the Year.

The journalists voted the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Silverado and Jeep Cherokee the finalists for the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The awards – first given in 1994 - are unique in North America because - instead of being given by a single publication, web site, radio or television program - they are given by automotive journalists representing all of those outlets in two countries.

The awards recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

To be eligible, vehicles must be "all new" or "substantially changed."

Early in December jurors sent their ballots to Deloitte & Touche. The accounting firm kept the finalists secret until today.

At a news conference at the Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit Diane DeFrancis, a partner at Deloitte, handed two sealed envelopes over to Joann Muller, one of the NACTOY judges and the Detroit Bureau Chief of Forbes Media, who made the announcements.

Now there will be a second round of voting on the three car and three truck/utility finalists. Those ballots also go to Deloitte officials, who will keep the winners secret until a news conference on Monday, January 13th at the North American International Auto Show.

The list of eligible vehicles originally included 28 cars and 18 truck/utilities. In September the jurors voted to focus on 12 cars and 12 truck/utilities and those vehicles were on the ballot.

They were:

North American Car of the Year

BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Impala
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS
Mazda3
Mazda6
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Toyota Corolla

North American Truck/Utility of the Year

Acura MDX
BMW X5
Buick Encore
Chevrolet Silverado
GMC Sierra
Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
Jeep Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota Tundra
Information on the process and jurors is available at: www.northamericancaroftheyear.org


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      helloac
      • 1 Year Ago
      the silverado is a nice improvement, but its no revolutionary change like the cherokee. chrysler took a big risk and with how sales are going, it seems to have paid off.
      gofast182
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Vette and MDX should win because both represent big advancements in their class. Vette finally has design and construction that can compete with the Europeans and performance that completely belies its price. The MDX is an outstanding package that offers near sedan-like handling and owners are reporting 28-29MPG on the highway which is unheard-of for a mid-size, V6, 7 passenger SUV.
      Greg B
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 thumbs way down on the Jeep (Cheap). I need go stop by the local Hyundai dealership, and count how many 2011, and newer model American cars are on their used car lot. The newest I've seen there was a 2013 Dodge Ram, and a 2013 Ford Taurus. The oldest was a Subaru Forester that was sold as is. lol, but was no doubt the best car on the lot.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      CTS or Corvette Silverado or Cherokee. If those don't win, then someone got bribed.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really, people are voting for that Cherokee Turd!
      Terry Dibble
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even though I'm a huge GM fan ,and all I own is GM... GMs interiors are awful .. I hate the interior in my new truck. Cheap and uncomfortable.. Cannot give them a Vehicle of the Year for that..
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      The MDX, a worthy competitor for truck of the year.
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      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's Mazda for the car of the year. The country is so much more accepting of small, great cars these days- it deserves recognition as being a no-compromise car. Great mileage, great performance, great equipment and value and fantastic looking. Seems like a winner to me.
      Douglas Bigland
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep Cherokee is on a list again! No wonder Jeep are doing so good.
      Pete Moss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's make no mistakes. Trucks/utility are in separate categories. Acura never built a truck for US consumption, and the Cherokee was never a truck (except in Comanche form, many years ago). The Acura and the Jeep are both great vehicles, but they're not trucks. TOTY should go to the Silverado. For one, because it's a truck. But it's also outstanding. The other utes/tall cars/front-drive "blobs" can compete in another category. Does anyone else think the rating system is missing the point?
        linuxaddict7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pete Moss
        If its for just "trucks".. then you don't have many entries.. In american sense, SUVs are trucks.
      Jay-Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      I test drove a Mazda3 the other day. Nice interior and decent ride, but nothing incredible. CTS or Corvette. Silverado, too.
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