2016 NACTOY finalists

The 2016 North American Car and Truck / Utility of the Year awards finalists have been announced.

In the car category, they are the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Civic and Mazda MX-5 Miata (surprisingly, the Chevrolet Volt didn't proceed beyond the shortlist stage).

Chevrolet Malibu (2016) Front Side
Chevrolet Malibu: 2016 North American Car of the Year finalist.

Predicting a winner is tough, especially with a sports car in the mix. That said, the recently-launched Malibu should be favourite to take the prize, simply because it embodies so many advances compared to the old model.

Two SUVs and one pick-up are finalists in the truck / utility class: the Honda Pilot, Volvo XC90 and Nissan Titan XD. Of these the XC90 is arguably the most accomplished candidate, but the Titan XD could still snatch victory.

Volvo XC90 (2015) Front Side
Volvo XC90: 2016 North American Truck / Utility of the Year finalist.

The overall winners – which are decided by a jury of 53 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States – will be declared on the 11th of January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related post:
2016 NACTOY shortlists

Chevrolet Malibu image © General Motors.

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