The 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Award short list has been released. These lists of cars and trucks have been edited down from a long list of 45 vehicles that we detailed back in August.
Soon enough the jurors will edit this list down further to three finalists that will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2013.
The short list for North American Car of the Year includes:
The Fusion will be designed in 2013, and it’s going to be a gorgeous car. The voters seem to like it, as it is making the grade. Stay tuned later this fall when we get the new Fusion in the showroom.
The 2013 Honda Accord is an important game-changer for the brand. As we’ve outlined, it has a ton of standard features that are special on other models (backup camera, alloy wheels, and chrome door handles). The side mirror camera is the greatest tech feature since the backup cameras. A new CVT transmission made in Ohio allows for increase in fuel economy.
The Nissan Altima was the first model introduced in the Most Innovated Year Ever. With 38 mpg, great tech and new NASA inspired seats, this Altima should be considered one of the favorites.
The BRZ managed to combine smart and sporty into one incredible model that we cannot keep on the lot. Some are calling it the favorite as we narrow down to the short list. It is even a Top Safety Pick
The short list for the North American Truck/Utility of the Year include:
We haven’t seen a lot of the new Pathfinder, but Nissan has released the first photos.
The Escape was the featured vehicle at the Cleveland Auto Show, and when we saw it in person, it didn’t disappoint. The hands-free liftgate is incredible, you’ll get 33 mpg and the style takes your breath away. In the SUV class, we think this might be the favorite.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a game changing SUV that combines comfort and drive-ability. It is redesigned for 2013, and we immediately fell in love.