The shortlist for North American Car of the Year has been whittled down.
Of all the publications and organizations naming their favorite vehicles each year, the North American Car of the Year awards are among the most coveted and most respected. And the jury has just identified their shortlists for 2020 – not only for the best car, but also the top truck and utility vehicle.
The list of semifinalists for next year's car of the year includes the latest BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CT5, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Polestar 1, Porsche 911, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Supra, and Volkswagen Arteon.
The semifinalists for 2020 North American Truck of the Year come down to the Chevrolet Silverado HD, Ford Ranger, GMC Sierra HD, Jeep Gladiator, and Ram HD. And the list of contenders for 2020 North American Utility of the Year includes the Audi E-Tron, Cadillac XT6, Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Ford Escape, Honda Passport, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Corsair, Subaru Outback, and Volvo V60 Cross Country.
That comes to 29 contenders in all, across the three categories. Chevrolet and Ford each have three semifinalists in contention, and among automaker groups, General Motors has the most vehicles shortlisted (with six), followed by Ford (with five) and Hyundai (with four).
Fiat Chrysler, Subaru, Volvo, and the Volkswagen Group each have two of their models shortlisted, with Toyota – one of the world's largest automakers – represented only by the Supra.
Last year Hyundai won big when its Genesis G70 was named Car of the Year and the Kona won the Utility award (with the Ram 1500 taking the Truck prize). The 50 jurors from across the United States and Canada will evaluate each contender over the coure of three days in Michigan next month before announcing the three finalists in each category at the LA show and the winner in each category early next year.