The Ford Bronco Sport is up for a major award.
It's that time of the year again, as the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year semifinalists have been announced for the 2021 model year. In total, there are 27 semifinalists including eight sedans, 15 SUVs, and four trucks that were renewed or significantly changed for the 2021 model year. Unsurprisingly, utility vehicles dominate the list, with finalists including the next-generation Cadillac Escalade and Ford Bronco Sport, as well as Ford's first fully electric car, the Mustang Mach E.
Other nominated SUVs include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Genesis GV80, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Seltos, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Defender, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Toyota Venza, and Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge.
Conspicuously absent from the list is the Tesla Model Y, but Tesla did not make its car available for jury testing. Nominated passengers cars include the Acura TLX, Cadillac CT4 and CT4-V, Genesis G80, Hyundai Elantra, Kia K5, Mercedes-Benz E Class Sedan/All-Terrain/Coupe/Cabriolet, Nissan Sentra, and the Polestar 2. As for trucks, the Ford Super Duty, Ford F-150, Ram 1500 TRX, and Jeep Gladiator Mojave made the nominations list.
This brings the total number of nominated cars to 46, each of which will be tested by a jury of 50 independent journalists to decide the winners.
The finalists will be announced in December, while the winners will be announced in January during an event hosted by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Last year, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray took the crown for best car, while the Kia Telluride won best SUV and the Jeep Gladiator was awarded the best truck of 2020. Which vehicles do you think will win big at the 2021 North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year awards? Place your bets in the comments below.