The 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year award "long list" is out, and 45 vehicles of all descriptions are set to scrap for the hardware. In 2012, the Hyundai Elantra and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque took home the coveted crystal.

This year's crop of 2013 model-year entries is a diverse bunch in every sense of the word, from styling to powertrain to price point and intended audience size. Car offerings range from mainstreamers like the Dodge Dart, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima to small-volume players including alt-fuel darlings like the Fit EV and Tesla Model S and high-performance supercars like the SRT Viper. In the Truck/Utility category, mainstream offerings include the Escape, Ram 1500 and Mazda CX-5 along with niche models like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Toyota RAV4 EV.

The long list is so named because it functions as an all-encompassing roundup of new or substantially changed vehicles that will debut in time to be considered for the annual awards. Some of the vehicles may not have even been driven by the 50-member jury yet – it is in essence an eligibility list. Later this autumn, when jurors have driven the vehicles and have a clearer picture of which models deserve further consideration, an initial round of voting will be held. The resulting "short list" of around a dozen vehicles will then be culled further into a list of three finalists in each category after further testing and a subsequent second vote. Voting on the finalists will ensue and the winners will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

As further evidence that the long list is merely a fluid roster of eligible vehicles, the Lexus LS has been added and the Mazda6 and Kia Cadenza have been removed from consideration (the latter vehicles appeared on earlier published lists but won't be available in time for judging).

Quick studies will notice that there's been a slight but important change to one of the award's names. Reflecting the market's shift away from body-on-frame trucks to more amorphous sport and crossover utility vehicles, the award formerly known as Truck of the Year will be henceforth known as North American Truck/Utility of the Year. Both traditional body-on-frame vehicles and more car-like crossovers will be considered for this diverse category.

See the complete 2013 long list for both categories by scrolling below, then hop into Comments to talk about who you think will win this year's awards.

*Full Disclosure: Author is a NACTOY jury member.

2013 North American Car of the Year Long List

2013 North American Truck/Utility Long List
  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Allroad
  • BMW X1
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford C-Max
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Infiniti JX 35
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes GL-Class
  • Mercedes GLK-Class
  • Mercedes G-Class
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Ram 1500
  • Subaru SV Crosstrek
  • Toyota RAV4 EV

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars: 1)Fusion 2)Altima 3)Dart Truck: 1) Ram
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to see the BRZ or the Fusion win over the 3 series. Seems like every time a new 3 series (or any BMW for that matter) comes out the auto press is giddy like a bunch of school girls. In my personal experience Mercedes people have money and BMW people want everybody to know that they have money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Altima BRZ/FR-S Dart Fusion 3-series ... and if cost were not a consideration: Viper!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here are the vehicles that I think have the best shot at winning: 2013 North American Car of the Year Long List BMW 3 Series Cadillac ATS Dodge Dart Ford Fusion Scion FR-S SRT Viper Subaru BRZ 2013 North American Truck/Utility Long List Ford Escape
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the cars are great, but I would be disappointed if the Model S didn't get it. Its the only revolutionary vehicle on that list. I pick the new Ford Escape for TOTY.
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed. Good call with the Escape. The Tesla is obvious, the TOTY is less obvious, but i think the Escape is the most relevant on that list.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tesla Model S... it's pushing the envelope in so many ways. redefining how we think about a vehicle. I think the radical nature of the Tesla will put it on top, at least make it a finalist.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to try narrow it down with a medium-list. Just my opinions, mind you. Cars: BMW 3 (The benchmark of sport sedans) ATS (Will it dethrone the 3?) Spark (Micro cars can be cool) Dart (Great compact car, especially the turbo) Fusion (Great looking midsize, NOT an Aston Martin, OK?) Elantra GT (Cheap, decent looks, practical wagon) GS (5 series, you have been warned) 911 (Because it's a 911) Boxster (Sports car distilled) FRS or BRZ (Sports car lite) Viper (YEAHH!!!) Model S (The most convincing argument for EVs) Prius C (Perfect city commuter?) Truck/utility: RDX (Decent crossover with very good handling) Allroad (Closest we'll get to an Avant) C-Max (seems space-efficient) CX-5 (Good economy, but wish for the diesel) G wagen (Badass and totally irrelevent) Ram 1500 (An actual workhorse)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fusion ATS 911 Escape RDX CX-5
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Cadillac ATS! With all the hard work GM has done on that car, it should win.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not just how much hard work is put in, but the final product needs to live up to the automaker's and more importantly the public's lofty expectations and more. I hope the ATS becomes a great car that puts America and Cadillac firmly on the premium car map again, but it's a highly competitive segment and it seems that it's trying to match BMW's every move with the 3 series. Priced to within a few hundred dollars, dimensions within fractions of an inch, pound for pound, and they both have equivalent pros and cons versus each other. So really, which is better? The 3 series BMW with a roundel or crest on the hood?
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they basically just list every single halfway decent car out there?
      Luke Wojtas
      • 3 Years Ago
      My guess: COTY ATS, Dart, Fusion TOTY: Escape, CX-5, X1 I'd like it to be COTY: Boxster or Fusion, but everyone seems to have a hard on for that stupid ATS, so I'm guessing it'll win. TOTY: Probably the Escape, but the CX-5 deserves it more.
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