The trendy-day automotive panorama is attention-grabbing, to say the least. Within the latest few years many issues have adjustments with the emergence of electrification amongst many main automakers, together with Ford whose new Mustang Mach-E takes house the 2021 North American Utility of The Yr award.

Additionally, the brand new 2021 Hyundai Elantra brings house the 2021 North American Automobile of The Yr award, and the 2021 Ford F-150 takes the 2021 North American Truck of The Yr award.

DETROIT, January 11, 2021 – The winners of the 2021 North American Automobile, Truck and Utility Car of the Yr (NACTOY) Awards™ had been revealed earlier at the moment throughout a digital occasion hosted by the group’s officers.

After lots of of hours of take a look at drives, analysis and analysis, NACTOY’s unbiased jurors voted for Hyundai Elantra, because the North American Automobile of the Yr™, Ford F-150 as North American Truck of the Yr™ and Ford Mustang Mach-E as North American Utility Car of the Yr™.

Based in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not related to a single publication, web site, radio or tv station. They’re judged by 50 skilled automotive journalists from the USA and Canada who work for and contribute to all kinds of magazines, newspapers, web sites, tv and radio stations.

Jurors started the 2021 analysis course of with 43 eligible autos earlier than narrowing them all the way down to 27 semifinalists after which 9 finalists by two rounds of voting.

“The automotive business launched an unusually robust area of spectacular new autos, together with many with important technological advances, which made our job as jurors even more durable than standard this yr,” stated NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “We applaud these 2021 winners and congratulate the business for persevering with to serve its prospects with extremely fascinating new merchandise yr after yr.”

To find out these three winners, jurors voted on the 9 finalists primarily based on section management, innovation, design, security, dealing with, driver satisfaction and worth for the greenback. The votes had been tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained secret till envelopes had been unsealed throughout at the moment’s occasion.

Here’s a nearer have a look at every winner:

Automobile of the Yr: Hyundai Elantra

The compact automotive section is much much less standard at the moment than it was only a few years in the past and a few automakers have deserted it completely. Not Hyundai.

“It’s refreshing to see an automaker so dedicated to the sedan section that at launch they provide such all kinds of fashions as is within the Hyundai Elantra household,” stated Senior Government Producer/Host at Maryland Public Tv/MotorWeek and NACTOY juror John Davis. “Hyundai didn’t do the drip-drip of the mannequin variants over a long run as is typical for the category.”


Truck of the Yr: Ford F-150

NACTOY jurors stated Ford discovered some ways to enhance what was already the market’s top-selling pickup.

“The F-Collection is Ford’s crown jewel, to not point out the highest-selling car lineup within the U.S. for 40 years,” stated freelance auto reporter, analyst and NACTOY juror John Voelcker. “The newest model refines the bundle, preserving what’s good, updating as wanted, and delivering the right combination of options, capabilities, consolation, and magnificence—with the additional benefit of the primary hybrid powertrain in nearly a decade to debut in a full-size pickup truck.”


Utility Car of the Yr: Ford Mustang Mach-E

Till now, it might have been unprecedented to place an iconic Mustang badge on a utility car, however NACTOY jurors say Ford’s choice to take that danger paid off with the Mustang Mach E.

“The Mustang Mach-E leapfrogs European EVs because the Tesla Mannequin Y’s most formidable challenger but. Like Tesla, Mach-E understands that the premium EV market is as a lot about inside tech as it’s about torque,” stated Detroit Information Auto Critic and NACTOY juror Henry Payne.

NACTOY jurors voted these three winners from the next 9 excellent finalists:


Automobile of the Yr

Truck of the Yr

Utility Car of the Yr

Genesis G80Hyundai Elantra

Nissan Sentra

Ford F-150Jeep Gladiator Mojave

Ram 1500 TRX



Ford Mustang Mach EGenesis GV80

Land Rover Defender


NACTOY is an unbiased, non-profit group, with dues-paying journalist members led by elected officers. Learn extra juror feedback on the finalists right here: