NACTOY Announces 2023 Winners; Acura Integra, Ford F-150 Lightning, Kia EV6
These three vehicles were selected from 47 eligible vehicles, boiled down to 26 semifinalists and, ultimately, 9 finalists spread across these categories. The selection process is made by 50 jurors, including MotorWeek’s own John Davis, considering various criteria: automotive innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, user experience and value.
The Acura Integra won the North American Car of the Year award with a total of 174 votes. Some of the jurors commented on the Integra’s fun and economical driving experience, thanks in part to its Honda Civic roots and stick-shift offering. Also up for consideration in this category were the Genesis G80 EV and Nissan Z.
The North American Truck of the Year award was given to the Ford F-150 Lightning with 483 votes. Jurors noted how the Lightning was able to take a staple of American motoring-- the pickup truck-- and convert it over to the EV lifestyle with a certain level of familiarity. The other category finalists included the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 and Lordstown Endurance.
The last category, North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, was taken by the Kia EV6 with 258 votes. The win was credited to its styling, range and amenities-- all with reasonable value. Furthermore, the performance gains in the recently launched GT model also bolster the EV6’s resume. It was up against the Cadillac LYRIQ and the Genesis GV60.
These three vehicles represent NACTOY’s top picks for 2023, but what about our own winners? Stay tuned, as our 2023 Drivers’ Choice Awards are just around the corner!