NACTOY Nominations Kickoff Award Season

It's that time of year again when different organizations, magazines, web outlets and just about anyone who can manage to get a few vehicles together wants to designate a model-year winner.

Regardless of how you feel about these types of awards (they can be sliced and diced in dozens of ways), one of the biggest awards in the auto industry — the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year — is decided by 50 well-respected North American auto writers. This year their work will be difficult. Not only do they have to judge more than 30 2014 new car models (difficult because of volume), but they'll also have to select a truck/utility winner from 18 candidates, running the spectrum from a car-based Nissan Rogue to a Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. It's a difficult task because of how incredibly different all these eligible vehicles are from one another (see the list below).

Thankfully, there are some real trucks this year in the truck category (which doesn't happen every year), and NACTOY now includes heavy-duty pickup trucks and utility vans.

As you might guess, our favorites are the Ram 2500/3500 HD, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra (but we also like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford's Transit Connect, Nissan's NV200 and Toyota 4Runner).

Although we'd like to be optimistic, we have no idea how smart this group of jurors is about vehicles with a proper payload capacity, exceptionally long lists of optional equipment, and platforms with tremendous versatility. From our experience, self-proclaimed car experts are a dime a dozen, but someone who knows their GVW from their GCW is pretty rare. We'll see. 

The winners of both the car and truck awards will be announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 13, 2014. Three finalists will be announced in each category in the weeks preceding the auto show. Here is the full list of 2014 "truck" competitors.

  • Acura MDX
  • BMW X5
  • Buick Encore
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ford Transit Connect/Wagon
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (long wheelbase)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Kia Sorrento
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan NV200
  • Ram 2500/3500 HD
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Toyota RAV4


Ford transit this is a joke ,,,,

My definition of a truck is at least body on frame.All others,too me,are a joke.

Miath is a joke still using a flip phone. TROLL!

Jeep Grand Cherokee will win.

"From our experience, self-proclaimed car experts are a dime a dozen, but someone who knows their GVW from their GCW is pretty rare. We'll see."

Well then Mark Williams. (who did not know the 6.4 Hemi was not from the It should be NO QUESTION.....


@Dave, Grand Cherokee..................... is not a bad choice! I think you will be right!


I also say the Grand Cherokee is a great choice. Tons of capability yet very refined.

I am not so sure about this "contest" what are they competing against? I mean the Ram 2500/3500, is the ONLY HD there, and the other classes seem a might small also, what is the Transit competing against? the NV200? and the others? I can see the Toyota rav-4 , Santa Fe, Sorrento, Encore, Forrester, Rouge, Outlander in one class, and the RR, Grand Cherokee, X5 and MDX in another class, but then the Tundra and Chevy 1500, and GMC Sierra? no contest, there is only two really "new" trucks there, and one with a pilfered dash and new fenders and quarter panels and grill, so we can all see there is a class of one here, and then a couple of classes that are the same type, but tens of thousands apart in price, so call me skeptic.

Yep, our Grand Cherokee Overland Summit will be the winner. Actually this year new interior with 8speed as the deisle is not out yet





Odd. I've tried twice but I can't make a post explaining the selection process but the Rambo motard goat herders can pollute the site?
Who did I piss off?

The selection process is based on points. Each journalist is given a set number of points to allocate among vehicles. The initial round of selections starts out at 25 points allocated to each journalist. They can give the points to any vehicle in any increments they want. Once they use up their 25 points, they can't score any other vehicle. (Zero technically is a score. LOL)

The final round is done with each journalist allowed 10 points to allocate. They can give all 10 points to 1 recipient or dole the points out as they see fit to each vehicle. If there are 3 finalists, they can give 1 all 10 points or spread the 10 points out: example 4/3/3.
There are no direct comparisons, that is similar to TruckTrend where they have had 3 dissimilar vehicles.

@HEMI V8 - as if you'd buy anything other than a Fiat.

Posted by: Lou | Jul 30, 2013 3:28:22 PM

I have never bought a Fiat. I own an 03 Hemi Dodge Ram. I would consider a G.M.C. but now that Chrysler LLC is making my Power Wagon with a 6.4 Hemi. I see no reason to buy a G.M.C.

I hope the Rogue wins, just to show this category has some rogue vehicles in it.

@HemiV8 - My bad, in 2003 Chrysler was DaimlerChrysler Motors Company LLC.

Daimler Chrysler 1998–2007

In 1998 Daimler-Benz and Chrysler had formed a 50–50 partnership. Chrysler Corporation then was legally renamed DaimlerChrysler Motors Company LLC, while its total operations began doing business as Chrysler Group. This was initially declared to be a merger of equals, but it became evident that once Chrysler Chairman and CEO Bob Eaton retired, that Daimler would take majority control.

BUT you'd better hope that your 6.4 Power Wagon comes out soon because once Fiat buys out VEBA shares, Marchionne plans on merging the 2 companies and he is seriously considering the Netherlands as the NEW Head Office.

Talk about an identity crisis for you.

You are going to buy a Mexican made Ram with a Hemi that shares no lineage with the 426 hemi you brag about, but was copied form a Porsche design.
You talk about Dodge but that name will become a footnote in automotive history. Chrysler will be merged with Fiat and end up not Italian or American but based in the Netherlands.

No wonder why you get hostile.

"No wonder why you get hostile." I get hostile when guys like you who don't know a valve from a cam shaft and think they know it all. They talk out of their @$$ because their mouth knows better.

P.S. If you are going to be a troll at least try to be a good one ;)

@Lou--Hemi V8 gets excited about Italian sheep. Just add some garlic and sauce to the sheep.

"P.S. If you are going to be a troll at least try to be a good one ;)." - HEMI V8

Spoken like a true TROLL, be sure to get back to the TROLL ACADEMY. LMFAO!!!

@Frank, I am at the top of my class. ;)

@Lou, "The Hemi that shares no lineage with the 426 hemi you brag about" Tom Hoover, one of the engineers responsible for the 426 Hemi, told Hot Rod that he had discussed the Elephant Engine's design with new-Hemi engineers. At least three of his suggestions - raising the camshaft (to shorten pushrods, reducing valve train inertia and allowing simpler exhaust rocker arms), using twin spark plugs, and adding squish area (to make light load/low speed efficiency better and reduce emissions) were immediately adopted.

@Lou, School time lol. The current-production "Hemi" V8, with its pinched chamber, does not have true hemispherical combustion chambers despite the name; rather, it bears a closer resemblance to the mid-1950s polyspherical chamber, which Chrysler engineers developed as a lower-cost alternative head for their V8 engines.

Check out the site lou. The modern Hemi looks nothing like Porsche's design.

If they have a category for the easiest truck to keep clean, i nominate the F150 Ecobust. You can't drive them in the rain without stalling so it is easy to keep them clean!

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