The winners of the 2021 North American Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck (NACTOY) of the Year Awards were announced today at a virtual event.
The jury, made up of 50 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, first chose the new seventh-generation Hyundai Elantra as the 2021 North American Car of the Year.
Photo: Patrice Marchessault
After winning the title in 2012, the Elantra returned to top honors thanks to its striking design and its new hybrid version, which averages just 4.7 L / 100 km. There’s also the turbo-powered Elantra N-Line, a model with more aggressive lines that is more sporty, not to mention the high-performance Elantra N which will soon join the range.
The other two finalists were the Genesis G80 and the Nissan Sentra. The Elantra therefore follows in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Corvette, crowned in 2020.
Next, the Ford Mustang Mach-E won the 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. The new electric crossover inspired by the legendary Mustang received more votes than the Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Defender thus succeeding the Kia Telluride.
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Available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as well as with two battery formats, the Mustang Mach-E provides a range varying from 340 to 483 kilometers. The GT Performance, advertised at 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, posted a 0-100 km / h sprint time of 3.5 seconds – faster than any other Mustang model in history.
Finally, the North American Truck of the Year 2021 award went to the Ford F-150, allowing the blue oval manufacturer to double. The other finalists were the Jeep Gladiator Mojave and the Ram 1500 TRX.
This is the fifth such award for the F-150, which was also awarded in 1996, 2004, 2009 and 2015. Last year’s winner was the Jeep Gladiator.
Now in its 14th generation, Ford’s full-size pickup stands out with the addition of a powerful hybrid version consuming less than 10 L / 100 km and featuring an integrated generator to power tools and electrical devices. On board there’s an optional huge 12-inch touchscreen using the latest generation of the SYNC infotainment system, front seats that convert into a bed and a center console that turns into a table. Let’s not forget the hands-free semi-autonomous driving system.
Remember that The Car Guide awarded its own 2021 awards to the Polestar 2 (Best Car), the Toyota RAV4 Prime (Best SUV) as well as the quartet consisting of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade (Best Truck).