Honda Civic named Car of the Year in North America

Jury of 50 journalists gives the title Utility Vehicle of the Year to Ford Bronco, Maverick Truck of the Year

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A reliable sedan and two Ford products that pack charisma and innovation are the winners of the 2022 awards for North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY).

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Honda Civic won Car of the Year in the awards announced in Detroit today; Ford Maverick named Truck of the Year; and the Ford Bronco was the best in the Utility category. While there were electric car finalists in each category, gas-powered vehicles cleared the board.

From the initial list of 36 eligible vehicles, 50 auto journalists parried the field down to the three winners.

Although it had a delicious competition from the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, the NACTOY juries chose the sensible-as-savings-bonds Honda Civic as their beloved Car of the Year. Jury members were impressed with the “refined” Civics’ low cost, fuel efficiency and reliability, and the fact that it was fun to drive was a bonus. The electric Lucid Air, the second finalist, got fans for its game-changing luxury.

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By winning the award for best truck, The Ford Maverick put together some unsurpassed features . The crossover-based Maverick was praised for its affordable price, its light city driving mixed with skilled truck tasks and generous standard equipment even on base models. Judge Dan Carney called Maverick, “the first affordable, efficient, entry-level vehicle that happens to provide pickup truck utility.” Maverick beat the innovative Hyundai Santa Cruz; and a newcomer, the electric Rivian R1T.

Ford stepped into the spotlight again via its Bronco-winning Utility Vehicle of the Year . It was an exciting soup-to-nuts category where Bronco almost played the nostalgia card compared to the other finalists. The Genesis GV70 traded instead for its elegance in the upper crust, while the space-age Hyundai Ioniq 5 looked to the future.

Perhaps in these turbulent times, the Broncos’ rough and clear appearance was as comforting as a bowl of hot soup. NACTOY jurors liked its off-road cred combined with civilized urban driving manners.

NACTOY prices started in 1994 and remain the longest-running prices for new vehicles not linked to a single publication.

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