The finalists for the 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY) were recently announced during the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the overall winners set to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show early next year. This comes after an official list of semifinalists were revealed back in September.

A panel of 54 jurors decided which three models made the cut, and for the Car of the Year award, the finalists are the Genesis G70Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60. Last year’s winner was the Honda Accord, which faced fierce competition from the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry.

The three finalists for the Car of the Year award managed to impress the jury of automotive journalists, placing themselves ahead of models like the Audi A6, Mazda 6, Kia Forte, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Next up, the Utility Vehicle of the Year award category will see the Jaguar I-Pace go up against the Acura RDX and Hyundai Kona/Kona EV. Cars that were filtered out include the BMW X5, Jeep Wrangler, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC40.

The jurors had an easy time narrowing down the models vying for the Truck of the Year award, as there are just three pick-ups contesting – Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500 – the same as during the semifinalists announcement.

“This year brought us some impressive sedan options. Car sales remain an important part of the available choices to consumers even as sales in the segment continue to fall. We are always looking for a game-changer, something that stands out in a crowd, and strikes a positive chord with buyers. The finalists will all be impressive options to consider,” said Lauren Fix, NACTOY president.