The best car in the West?

The best car in the West?


This June, organizers of The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) have announced the nominees who will compete for the title in 2022. Now is the time for the next round: the jury reduced the original list of 38 models to 23.

Eight cars, six pickups and nine crossovers / SUVs made it to the semifinals. They were voted on by 50 automotive journalists from print and online media, radio and television stations in the United States and Canada. Under the terms of the award, it can only be awarded to a new model that is already on the North American market or will appear on it before the end of the year.

Semi-finalists of NACTOY 2022 in the passenger car category

  • Audi A3
  • Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
  • Genesis G70
  • Honda Civic
  • Lucid Air
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • Mercedes-Benz S-class
  • Volkswagen Golf (including GTI and R versions)

NACTOY 2022 Semi-Finalists in Pickup Category

  • Ford Maverick
  • GMC Hummer EV
  • Hyundai Santa Cruz
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Rivian R1T
  • Toyota Tundra

Semi-finalists of NACTOY 2022 in the category of crossovers and SUVs

  • Ford Bronco
  • Genesis GV70
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer
  • Kia Carnival
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Volkswagen ID.4

The next stage is comparative test drives, which will take place on October 18-21. Based on their results, the jury will select three finalists in each category – a shortlist will be unveiled on November 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The winners will be named next January at a special event hosted by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.

This year, experts recognized the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 as the best cars on the North American market.

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