Contenders for 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Unveiled

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The contenders for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year have been announced.

To be eligible, a car must be entirely new or substantially changed for the 2018 model year, meaning refreshed vehicles or new variants of existing vehicles are not eligible for the award. Some vehicles will be released to the public too late for the voting process and will be considered for the award next year.

ALSO SEE:’s Editor-in-Chief Becomes Jury Member for North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards‘s Editor-in-Chief Jodi Lai is pleased to be one of 60 jury members this year who will be voting for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year winner. Jurors will vote based on overall excellence, innovation, design, value, significance, performance, technology, and safety. The shortlisted finalists are announced in November and the winners will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

The awards this year are sponsored by Bridgestone Americas. Here is the list of eligible vehicles:


Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi A5/S5

BMW 5 Series

Honda Clarity

Honda Accord

Hyundai Ioniq

Kia Stinger

Lexus LC500

MINI Countryman

Porsche Panamera

Subaru Impreza

Tesla Model 3

Toyota Camry

Utility Vehicle

Audi Q5/S5

Alfa Romeo Stelvio


Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Terrain

Honda Odyssey

Jeep Compass

Kia Niro

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

Toyota CH-R

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volvo XC60


Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Ford Expedition

Lincoln Navigator

Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • BahamaTodd BahamaTodd on Jul 06, 2017

    I'm going to assume the Buick Regal and TourX were one of those available too late.

  • K.C. K.C. on Jul 06, 2017

    My emotional picks are the Alfa Romeo Guila, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and Lincoln Navigator. My rational picks are the Toyota Camry, Audi Q5, and Lincoln Navigator. My dark horse picks are the Tesla Model 3, Honda Odyssey, and Ford Expedition.