The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards has announced the 27 new vehicles that made its list of semifinalists for the 2021 awards.  The list includes eight cars, 15 utility vehicles and four trucks available to consumers this year that are either all-new or substantially new.

“Many of the new models on our semifinalist list make bold statements that are intended to distinguish them within their segments,” NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg said. “Several are all-electric, while others have groundbreaking designs or off-the-charts capabilities. It will be fascinating to see which risks pay off this year as our evaluation process continues.”

This year’s semifinalists were picked by a jury of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. The next step in the awards process is an annual comparison drive that will take place Oct. 5-8 where jurors will have another chance to evaluate the vehicles that made the semifinalists list. Next, jurors will vote to select three finalists from each category, which will be announced in December during an event hosted by the LA Auto Show. Winners will be announced in January 2021 during an event hosted by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

2021 NACTOY Semifinalists:

Car of the Year:   Acura TLX,   Cadillac CT4/CT4-V,   Genesis G80,   Hyundai Elantra,   Kia K5,   Mercedes-Benz E Class,   Nissan Sentra,   Polestar 2

Utility of the Year:   Cadillac Escalade,   Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban,   Chevrolet Trailblazer,   Ford Bronco Sport,   Ford Mustang Mach E,   Genesis GV80,   Hyundai Santa Fe,   Kia Seltos,   Kia Sorento,   Land Rover Defender,   Mazda CX-30,       Nissan Rogue,   Toyota RAV4 Prime,   Toyota Venza,   Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Truck of the Year:   Ford Super Duty,   Ford F-150,   Ram 1500 TRX,   Jeep Gladiator Mojave