North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year Award Winners
January 12, 2017
The top car, truck and utility vehicle have been announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
This year marks the first North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. It went to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. This award category includes sport utility vehicles and minivans. Organizers say they added this category because of consumer interest in SUVs.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car was awarded North American Car of the Year. The Bolt’s 238 mile range on a charge caught the attention of the judges here, as well as in other competitions.
The 2017 North American Truck of the Year is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. The redesigned midsize pickup has a variety of practical features including a dual-action tailgate that opens down like a typical truck or swings open like a door. There’s also a trunk beneath the cargo bed.
The awards are handed out in Detroit, after vehicles have been reviewed by 60 automotive journalists from a variety of media in the United States and Canada.