Ford Wins Truck, Utility of the Year

By Staff Writer January 12, 2022
The 2022 Maverick is Ford's brand-new compact pickup. It's the cheapest new truck you can buy: MSRP, $20,000. The 2022 Maverick is Ford's brand-new compact pickup. It's the cheapest new truck you can buy: MSRP, $20,000.

The Honda Civic and Ford’s Maverick and Bronco won Top Honors from the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards show on Jan. 11 at the Huntington Place in Detroit

Honda Civic won Car of the Year, Ford Maverick won Truck of the Year and the re-booted Ford Bronco took home Utility of the Year during the event hosted by the Automotive Press Association.

The winners were chosen after three rounds of independently verified voting stemming from hundreds of hours of test driving, research and evaluation.

Founded in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not associated with a single publication. They are judged by 50 professional automotive journalists from a wide variety of print, online, radio and television media outlets in the United States and Canada.

The 2022 Honda Civic has earned the prestigious 2022 North American Car of the Year award.

“2021 has been a highly significant year in automotive history,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “We have seen groundbreaking and appealing new electric vehicles from almost every brand along with the emergence of new vehicle segments and impressive redesigns of familiar models. Meanwhile, a number of all-new start-up manufacturers are proving they are capable of competing with established automakers even with their first product offerings. Today’s winners represent our collective opinion of the best of what’s available to customers right now, and we sincerely congratulate the automotive industry on a very impressive year.”

This year, 36 vehicles made the initial list of eligible vehicles. The first round of voting narrowed those down to 23 semifinalists, then the second vote to nine highly award-worthy finalists, three in each category.

Jurors voted these three vehicles the category winners based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The votes were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained secret until envelopes were unsealed at the announcement.

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