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Ford Wins Big at Annual North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards

At a ceremony in Detroit on Tuesday, two Ford SUV and pickup models and a Honda compact car took home the top prizes in the annual North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards, also known by the acronym “NACTOY.”

The winners were voted on by a panel composed of automotive media from the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a look at the winners as well as finalists in the three categories:

Car of the Year

2021 Honda Civic Front Right in Rallye Red

The Honda Civic won car of the year, besting the Lucid Air and the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R models.

The win was the first in the category for Honda since 2018, when the Accord took top honors. Honda has won six awards since 1994.

Truck of the Year

2022 Ford Maverick front right

Besting the Rivian R1T and Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick compact pickup won the top award for trucks.

Ford also took home Truck of the Year last year when its F-150 was awarded the top honor.

Utility of the Year

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Front Right in Red

Ford also won the top SUV prize with its retro-style Ford Bronco, which bested the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV70. Ford has won 14 awards since 1994.

Utility vehicles — including SUVs and crossovers — have been granted their own award since 2017. Previously, the awards paired them with pickup trucks. See new car models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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