North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Finalists

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Last year's winning "truck," the 2012 Land Rover Evoque

It’s hard to believe it’s that time already.

No, I’m not talking about the arrival of Fall, or that Halloween is just around the corner or that Costco already has Christmas stuff in the aisles. I can’t believe it’s already that time of year for the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominations.

The annual awards have snuck up on me, and going through the list of 20 nominated vehicles offered up even more surprises.

There are 11 cars and nine trucks up for awards this year. On the car side, the domestics have landed five spots, tying the Japanese and leaving just one opening, which the Germans grabbed. On the truck side (a word with a liberal definition, it seems), there are three domestic models, four Japanese finalists, two Germans and a Korean.

2013 North American Car of the Year Nominees:

Truck/Utility of the Year Nominees:

On the car side, the winner(s) should be the FR-S/BRZ twins. Toyota and Subaru have achieved the impossible and created an affordable sports car with real driving dynamics. Easy call there! On the truck side, the Ram 1500 will win, because it’s the only truck on the list. Sure, the category has been extended to include crossovers, but come on, many of these small crossovers/utility vehicles should’ve been nominated in a third category.

Which car and truck do you believe should win the NACTOY awards?


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