The jurors have spoken – at least until January, when they'll speak again.
The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year named three finalists for car and three for truck of the year honors this week in Detroit.
The winner for both categories of the highly celebrated award presented at the Detroit Auto Show in January were selected by a group of 50 U.S. and Canadian journalists.
Since everyone likes a winner, click through to see the finalists.
MSRP: $33,095 - $36,747
Invoice: $31,275 - $45,166
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway
The all-new ATS is finally a Cadillac ready to take on the highly regarded BMW 3 Series. For years, Cadillac has strived for a car that could do just that. Now, it offers a true competitor that comes with a great powertrain (2-liter turbo and six-speed automatic transmission) and stellar dynamics.
It's the most fun Cadillac available in the Crest & Wreath's lineup.
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MSRP: $21,700 - $32,200
Invoice: $20,235 - $29,705
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
Perhaps one of the most anticipated sedans to arrive this year, the new Ford Fusion brings with it dramatic new styling. It also comes with a plethora of engines – all told, the Fusion will offer five different powertrains including an electric and plug-in hybrid model.
Ford has a lot riding on this vehicle as it once again attempts to lure customers back to the Blue Oval and away from the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
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MSRP: $21,680 - $33,430
Invoice: $19,849 - $30,567
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
The redesigned Honda Accord has captured a lot of well-deserved attention this year. Arriving with a new exterior and upgraded interior, the Accord comes packed with lots of technology, an all new six-speed transmission and more power than ever before.
Honda also offers a coupe version of the Accord for someone looking for a sportier ride.
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MSRP: $25,200 - $28,200
Invoice: $23,499 - $26,297
Fuel Economy: 47 mpg City, 47 mpg Highway
The all-new Ford C-Max is the hybrid-only model that Ford hopes will take on the likes of the Toyota Prius v. The C-Max averages 47 mpg in both city and highway driving, according to Environmental Protection Agency testing, though some controversy has swirled around that estimate recently.
Nonetheless, the C-Max has a well appointed interior and provides plenty of space for five passengers, making it a good option for young families who want to stay away from minivans and bigger SUVs.
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MSRP: $20,995 - $28,595
Invoice: $20,396 - $27,771
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
This all-new crossover is Mazda's first entry into to the small crossover segment. The CX-5 also introduces Mazda's new SkyActiv strategy that incorporates numerous ways for the carmaker to provide better fuel economy.
Nimble, roomy and still fun to drive, the CX-5 avoids getting as bloated as some small crossovers, but remains spacious as well. It's a fine line to drive, but the CX-5 does it perfectly.
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MSRP: $22,640 - $47,470
Invoice: $21,246 - $43,531
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway (with 3.6L V6 engine)
Innovative, original and setting a new fuel economy standard, the Ram 1500 raises the bar for every fullsize pickup. The Ram 1500 is the first pickup to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the first to hit 25 mpg on the highway.
While its big performance numbers might sway some people to the dealership, its plush interior will get more buyers to sign on bottom line.
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