The NACTOY jury presented its awards this morning:
- Car of the Year: 2021 Hyundai Elantra
- Truck of the Year: 2021 Ford F-150
- Utility of the Year: 2021 Mustang Mach-E
Yes, Ford takes two Ed Welburn-designed trophies.
And on the subject of two: this is the second time the Elantra has taken the NACTOY Car of the Year, with the first being in 2012.
Briefly: there are 50 jurors who work for a range of publications—physical and digital—and broadcast outlets. Vehicles selected were those which were available for sale during CY 2020.
- Elantra: The seventh generation of a sedan has gotten a lot more attention and investment—even as other OEMs are retreating from the segment. Hyundai didn’t stint. What’s more, the company has rolled out three versions—the everyday driver, a hybrid and a performance variant from the start.
- F-150: The F-Series has been the best-selling pickup in the U.S. for 44 years running, so (1) the team that built this new one knows a whole lot about how to put together trucks and (2) they surely don’t want to be the ones who break that streak. Odds are more than good that this new F-150 will handily rack up the 45th year.
- Mustang Mach-E: Not only does this vehicle make us rethink what a ‘Mustang’ is, but it also reminds us that the company that made the automobile accessible to everybody in 1908 is doing the same thing for electric vehicles in 2021. And what’s more, it is a damn good execution.–gsv