Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 and Hyundai Elantra win NA awards

2021 Ford F-150

(January 12, 2021) The all-new electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV was named 2021 North American Utility of the Year while the redesigned Ford F-150 pickup was named truck of the year and the Hyundai Elantra took top car honors. The winners, announced Monday, were selected through a three-part voting process by a jury of 50 automotive journalists from U.S. and Canadian media. The winners were picked from a group of three finalists in each category.

In addition to the Mustang Mach-E, the other finalists for utility vehicle were the new Genesis GV80 and the revived Land Rover Defender. The other truck finalists were the Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Ram 1500 TRX. The Genesis G80 and Nissan Sentra were the other car finalists.

This is the second win in the car category for the compact Elantra and the fourth win in the category for Hyundai Motor Group, which also took the top spot with the Genesis sedan in 2009, the Elantra in 2012 and the Genesis G70 sport sedan in 2019.

The car honor is the latest in a string of industry milestones for Hyundai and Hyundai Group, which have made great strides in new-vehicle quality and engineering.

Eligible vehicles are either new or substantially changed and re-engineered. Jurors evaluate each vehicle based on innovation, design, safety performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. The winners in 2020 were the Chevrolet Corvette (car), Jeep Gladiator (truck) and Kia Telluride (utility).

The nine finalists for 2021 were selected from a list of 27 semifinalists, narrowed down from an original list of 43 vehicles.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E