Forty-nine U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists have selected their finalists for the prestigious North American Truck/Utility of the Year Award. The three finalists in this category are the Mazda CX-5, Ford C-Max Hybrid and Ram 1500.
This is the 20th year for the awards, which are uncommon in the U.S. because — instead of being given by a single media outlet — they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists representing various types of media, from magazines to television and radio to newspapers and blogs.
The winners will be announced at an early morning news conference on Jan. 17 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Last year's North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were given to the Hyundai Elantra and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
As you might suspect, we have a preference between to the three finalists, but we have little hope that the seemingly car-biased jurors will be able to discern how much further the Ram 1500 has pushed its segment competitors, as well as how much better this new truck is compared to the vehicle it replaces. Fingers crossed.