...that at launch they offer such a wide variety of models as is in the Hyundai Elantra family," said John Davis, senior executive producer/host at Maryland Public Television/MotorWeek and NACTOY juror. "Hyundai did not do the drip-drip of the model variants over a longer term as is typical for the class."
Truck of the Year: Ford F-150
NACTOY jurors said Ford found many ways to improve what was already the market's top-selling pickup.
"The F-Series is Ford's crown jewel, not to mention the highest-selling vehicle lineup in the U.S. for 40 years," said freelance auto reporter, analyst and NACTOY juror John Voelcker. "The latest version refines the package, keeping what's good, updating as needed, and delivering the right mix of features, capabilities, comfort and style---with the added benefit of the first hybrid powertrain in almost a decade to debut in a full-size pickup truck."
Utility Vehicle of the Year: Ford Mustang Mach-E
Until now, it would have been unheard of to put an iconic Mustang badge on a utility vehicle, but NACTOY jurors say Ford's decision to take that risk paid off with the Mustang Mach E.
"The Mustang Mach-E leapfrogs European EVs as the Tesla Model Y's most formidable challenger yet. Like Tesla, Mach-E understands that the premium EV market is as much about interior tech as it is about torque," said Henry Payne, Detroit News auto critic and NACTOY juror.