The Detroit Auto Show in January opens with crowning the winners of the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year award. For now, the judges have released the official short list for the 2016 award. The NACTOY jury is comprised of 57 automotive experts in North America, including Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Mike Austin. The vehicles listed below receive a little extra attention and evaluation from the jury before the deadline for the next ballot. The three finalists in each category will be revealed in early December. The jurors will then vote once more to decide the winners.

In 2015, the Volkswagen Golf/GTI and Ford F-150 were named the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year. The nominees for the 2016 award are as follows.

2016 Car of the Year

  • BMW 7 Series
  • Cadillac CT6
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Honda Civic
  • Kia Optima
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Toyota Prius

2016 Truck/Utility of the Year

  • Ford Edge
  • Honda HR-V
  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Kia Sorento
  • Lexus RX
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Nissan Titan XD
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Volvo XC90


Of course, we want to know what you think about the nominees. Vote in our polls below to tell us which vehicles you think should win the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, and stay tuned for the official finalist list in December.




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