The North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) awards occur each year. A jury of 50 professional auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada assess vehicles from various markets to determine the best in each of the three segments. This year, the Ford Bronco and Ford Maverick are winners in the Utility Vehicle and Truck categories, respectively.
Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Americas and International Markets Group, was excited about the success of these two newer vehicles — especially against such strong competition. “But we’re also proud because these awards are well-deserved recognition for the tremendous amount of work, focus and energy our teams have invested in designing, engineering and building exciting vehicles for our customers,” he continued.
A model must show excellence in innovation, design, safety, technology, performance, value, and driver satisfaction to be a NACTOY contender. The exciting Maverick pickup dominated the truck category, outshining another new vehicle in the Hyundai Santa Cruz as well as the luxury Rivian R1T. The adventurous Bronco also bested a luxury vehicle in the Genesis GV70 as well as the electric Hyundai IONIQ 5.
Along with being named a NACTOY winner, the Maverick was recognized by Kelley Blue Book as the 2022 Best New Model and Best Compact Pickup. Meanwhile, Forbes, Autotrader.ca, and more have praised the sporty Bronco.
Each year, various publications release their “best of” lists for the automotive industry. Car and Driver has been providing consumers with trusted reviews and vehicle insights for more than 65 years. A newer category that Car and Driver has introduced is “EV of the Year,” which was recently awarded to the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
“One key requirement for our EV of the Year — in addition to fun, value, and mission fulfillment — is that it make electric vehicles more desirable to buyers to a degree that moves the industry forward. That’s where the Mach-E stands out from the 10 other vehicles we evaluated,” said Car and Driver Editor Eric Tingwall.
In fact, the Mustang Mach-E received high praise for its stylish design, range capability, competitive price, and thrilling performance. The Select model has an EPA-estimated range of 370 km while the 480-horsepower GT Performance Edition model can reach 418 km on a single charge.*
Car and Driver specifically appreciated the large 15.5-inch touch screen and its logical button layout compared to competitors’ confusing alternatives. Other top features mentioned by the publication’s editors included the panoramic fixed-glass roof, the easy-to-see instrument cluster, and the incredibly unique door handles.