Announced:2021 North American Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year Winners

Christian Wardlaw | Jan 11, 2021

A panel of 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada have announced the winners of the North American Car, Truck, and SUV awards for the 2021 model year: 

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Front View Splashing Water

Jurors considered 43 new or substantially changed vehicles in selecting this trio of vehicles for the awards. Finalists included the Genesis G80 and Nissan Sentra in the car category, Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Defender in the SUV category, and Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Ram 1500 TRX in the truck category.

Last year, the winners were the Chevrolet Corvette, Jeep Gladiator, and Kia Telluride. Two contributing writers to JDPower.com, Jack Nerad and Ron Sessions, are jurors on the panel.

Car of the Year: 2021 Hyundai Elantra - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line Blue Action

Wearing a daring design, equipped with impressive technology, and available in multiple formats, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a compact 4-door sedan that can meet almost any budget or requirement in a car. In addition to the standard powertrain, hybrid and turbocharged performance versions are available. Every 2021 Elantra includes free scheduled maintenance and free connected services plans for the first three years of ownership.

Truck of the Year: 2021 Ford F-150 - Find the best Ford deals!

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Silver Front Quarter View

Though it looks familiar, the 2021 Ford F-150 is completely redesigned. The new version of the best-selling vehicle in America improves upon its class-leading towing and payload ratings, adds plenty of new technology, and expands to include a powerful hybrid option. New features designed to make life easier on the job site also debut, and a new Tremor off-road version of the truck arrives to tide buyers over until a next-generation Raptor hits showrooms.

SUV of the Year: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E - Find the best Ford deals!

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Red

While some could argue that the new Mustang Mach-E is a car and not an SUV, there’s no denying that Ford’s new electric vehicle is impressive. This 5-door sportback takes the fight directly to the Tesla Model Y, making up for its lack of maximum driving range with classic Mustang styling cues and a more thoughtful approach to technology. Perhaps more importantly, the Mach-E demonstrates that legacy automakers can compete with Tesla and other EV startups. 

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