After much testing and deliberation, the winners have 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards have been announced. Previously whittled down to three finalists in each category over the course of the past year, the 2023 NACTOY winners are as follows:
2023 North American Car of the Year: Acura Integra
The Ford F-150 Lightning has taken the award in the Truck category, knocking out the other two finalists, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 and the Lordstown Endurance. It was interesting to see two all-electric contenders in the pickup field, one based on a legacy platform, and the other coming from a new company and using novel, in-wheel motor technology. It’s Ford’s third NACTOY Truck win a row.
The battery-powered Ford F-150 Lightning is the most powerful F-150 to ever roll off the factory floor, and it has proven itself to be wildly popular, and for good reason. You can read more about it in our First Drive review. or our buying guide. Also worth noting is that the truck’s Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch technology won Autoblog‘s 2022 Technology of the Year Award.
2023 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year: Kia EV6
Kia EV6 has taken the top spot in the Utility Vehicle category, over two other all-electric rivals, the Cadillac Lyriq and Genesis GV60. This seems like it was probably the toughest choice for the NACTOY jurors, as these are each excellent EVs.
The Kia EV6 is built on the same E-GMP electric platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60, which means it has 800-volt battery architecture for extremely fast charging, available all-wheel drive and plenty of power. The EV6 has quickly become a favorite at Autoblog, especially since joining our long-term fleet. Read more about it in our First Drive, buying guide and long-term reviews.
The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards are voted on by 50 jurors who work for media outlets across North America who narrow the field, which was originally 47 vehicles, three times over the course of the year. Jurors also test the semifinalists at an October group event in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Autoblog Editor-In Chief is a member of the jury.
The Honda Civic (Car), Ford Maverick (Truck) and Ford Bronco (Utility Vehicle) were the 2022 winners.