2019 Hyundai Kona and Ram 1500 Win North American Utility and Truck of the Year

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The newest subcompact crossover from Hyundai and the fully redesigned Ram 1500 have won the North American Utility and Truck of the year awards, presented this morning at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

The Hyundai Kona impressed jurors with its style and fun driving dynamics, presenting an affordable car that doesn’t ever feel like it. It’s also offered with a number of powertrains including a fully electric model with a lot of range.

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The Truck of the Year award went to the Ram 1500, which has been completely redesigned for 2019. This generation of the truck is offered with a ton of interesting technology including a mild-hybrid powertrain. It also features an impressively luxurious interior with a massive touchscreen.

AutoGuide.com’s editor-in-chief Jodi Lai is pleased to be one of 60 jury members this year who voted in the 2019 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year proceedings. Jurors voted based on overall excellence, innovation, design, value, significance, performance, technology, and safety.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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