Industry Awards, Auto Shows Are Around the Corner

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Believe it or not, we're almost ready to jump into another auto show season, which means the revelation of several automotive awards are close as well.

We consider the annual State Fair of Texas, open to the public Sept. 30-Oct. 23 in Dallas, as the first auto show of the year because it offers big pickup truck displays and new product highlights from each pickup truck maker in the U.S. No one needs to tell Texans that the pickup truck is an important part of life; that's why we've made a point of attending each year for almost two decades. Texans buy more pickups than the residents of any other state in the country, so the fair is a great place for manufacturers to promote their vehicles.

As for automotive awards, the annual North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards set the bar for industry standards. These awards are determined by a group of 60 U.S. and Canadian automotive writers; sister site's Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays and Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder are among the judges.

In the past, restricting the awards to just two categories — Car and Truck/Utility of the Year — created some challenges when it came to which category included SUVs and crossovers. To rectify that for 2017, NACTOY added a third category for SUVs and crossovers; heavy-duty and light-duty pickup trucks, and commercial vans fall into the truck category.

NACTOY announced Wednesday which vehicles are eligible for the 2017 awards. Below we list the SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year competitors. The winners will be announced at the press conference that kicks off the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 9.


  • Audi Q7
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • Buick Envision
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • GMC Acadia
  • Infiniti QX30
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  • Nissan Armada


  • Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Ford Super Duty
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Nissan Titan (light duty) images by Evan Sears


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Yeah looks like the judges already broke it. So they put it on the lift.


Posted by: Gm orgullosa de ser de china. | Jul 9, 2016 12:29:05 PM

That Ford pick-up looks natural, lifted on a hoist. Also, while it's there, check out why it squats so badly compared to the the real trucks, GMs.

Ford Cheated in 2011. Never forget! Will Ford cheat again?

Sorry ford fans, but "The truck of the Fair" award results are being thrown out because of voter fraud. Yep, it's true, ford fans were horrified that there favorite truck was getting beat by GM AGAIN! so they did what they normally do when getting beat, they cheated!

So the results are now null and void and just like a Miss America pagent winner when losing her crown, the award will be handed down to the runner up and in this case that means the Chevy Silverado is the winner. Sorry ford fans you lose again!
Posted by: Michigan Bob | Oct 24, 2011 12:51:59 PM

so, if I understand this, for the 2017 car/suv/truck of the year they already have a list of 2016 vehicles to compete in it?

I would think that the 2016 vehicles would be competing for the 2016 vehicles of the year, as they have been out and sold this year and people have driven them in 2016 not 2017.

So if say, Ford came out with a 2017 Ranger in November it could not compete for the 2017 awards even though it would be a 2017 it would compete for the 2018 award in 2019?

Would be funny if the Honda or Nissan beat out the two fords
In the truck category. Ford has two samples in this category and they will still problebly loose ..The ford fans will cry more than They normally do. LOL

The F150 has bed bugs so does this mean the super duty has super bed bugs???

Ford will dominate like always , no news here.

The F150 has bed bugs so does this mean the super duty has super bed bugs???

Posted by: Sammy | Jul 9, 2016 2:45:31 PM

Ford will probably run commercials showing the new Superduty splashing some mud at a worksite, running through potholes and then briefly show landscape stones being dumped into the box of the new Superduty. This well mislead people into thinking it can be done. What Ford won't show you is what happened to the bed. LMAO.


Posted by: GM ORGULLOSA DE SER DE CHINA | Jul 9, 2016 4:20:28 PM

Yup we do that would be GM.

I am starving for information on the redesigned 2017 F-250 IF that truck would be a better alternative than the F-150.
I need the bigger payload with the smaller size so I can fit thru the bank drive-thru.
I haul the limit with my 1/2 ton truck but a much bigger truck just won't fit my needs.
My current pickup has a 2200 lb payload and the new F-150 only offers a 1700 lb payload (with the crew cab)
I need a 2500 lb payload with ext or crew cab
I am told the 2017 F-250 will have the same cab as the F-150 and be the same size.

I am told the 2017 F-250 will have the same cab as the F-150 and be the same size.

Posted by: BankRuptinPA | Jul 10, 2016 2:40:28 AM

The new Superduty will have the same cabs as the f-150 to save on development costs. The overhaul truck is likely to be taller and longer than her little sister.

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