2010 North American Car of the Year Candidates Announced

2010 Kia Forte: a potential winner!

2010 Kia Forte: a potential winner!

I love Car of the Year awards. I love analyzing the candidates and then picking on the winners.

Earlier this week we shared the candidates for the 2010 European Car of the Year Award, which revealed a little gem I hadn’t heard of before called the Skoda Yeti. I hope it wins!

On our side of the Atlantic, I’m excited to read through the candidates for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. The list is proof that the line between cars and trucks is blurring, because the Subaru Outback is in the truck category. Hmmm.

For this list, only vehicles that are all-new or substantially redesigned are eligible. The fact that the Toyota 4Runner shows up is great news for Toyota fans: a redesign is coming by early 2010!

Here are the candidates for the 2010 North American Car of the Year:

Audi S4
BMW 335d
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Buick LaCrosse
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Chevrolet Camaro
Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid
Ford Shelby GT500
Ford Taurus/Taurus SHO
Honda Insight
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Kia Forte
Kia Soul
Lexus HS 250h
Lotus Evora
Mercedes E-Class
Nissan Cube
Nissan 370Z
Porsche Panamera
Subaru Legacy
Suzuki Kizashi
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Golf/Golf TDI

And here are the 2010 North American Truck of the year candidates:

Acura ZDX
BMW X5 xDrive35d
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Transit Connect
GMC Terrain
Honda Crosstour
Land Rover LR4
Lincoln MKT
Subaru Outback
Toyota 4Runner
Volvo XC60

If I were handing out the awards, my choice for Car of the Year would be the Kia Forte. That even surprises me, but I’m digging the economical, great-looking, feature-packed, low-priced option this year.

On the truck side, I’m going with the Ford Transit Connect, especially with the future option of it being the perfect family hauler. That is, unless the new Toyota 4Runner absolutely blows me away!

What car and truck would you pick to win the coveted North American Car of the Year Award?



  1. @Car Fan: I would respect your opinion more if the names were even spelled correctly, i.e. Porsche, Bimmer.
    Personally, the South Korean market has made more progress than the rest of the industry. Give them another year to standardize superior quality in all of their models, and improving resale value should bring them to the top.

  2. You know, I think Ford Fusion will take it home. The reviews have been incredible!

  3. Kia? Really? My money’s on the Porche, Beemer or Audi to win for the car and BMW X5 to take it for truck. Too bad the Ford Raptor isn’t nominated for truck though… that thing would kill ’em all.

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