Tucson, Santa Cruz, IONIQ5 Up For NACTOY Awards

October 12th, 2021 by

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz blue mountain road


Hyundai have been regular winners of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards for the past few years. The Elantra is the reigning North American Car of The Year, while the Kona won for North American Utility of The Year previously.

Now, the panel of jurors for the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year award just announced the semifinalists for 2022. We have a few vehicles in this year’s race: The Santa Cruz in the Truck category, along with the Tucson and the upcoming all-electric IONIQ5 are up for Utility of the Year.

The North American Car, Truck and Utility awards are not decided by a single publication. They are evaluated throughout the year by 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. Those jurors vote three times during the year to reduce the list of eligible vehicles down to semifinalists, finalists and, finally, winners.

2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line gray desert road

Again, Hyundai has a few vehicles in the hunt again for this prestigious award. The new Tucson is a bold statement for those looking for a stand-out SUV that fits their lives perfectly. The Santa Cruz is our Sports Adventure Vehicle fit just right for work and play anywhere you take it. The IONIQ5 represents Hyundai’s electrified future, with its versatility, practicality and phenomenal real world range.

The next step in the process is an annual comparison drive that will take place this month, where jurors will evaluate the semifinalist vehicles before voting to select the three finalists in each group. The finalists will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, and winners will be announced in January 2022 during an event in Detroit.

Hyundai has always produced a lineup of winners. Contact us at Hyundai of Mankato to find out why the Tucson, Santa Cruz, and IONIQ5 have a great shot at taking home the big prize – your ownership. Order yours today!