Honda Accord named auto of the Year


Awards such as these, which are voted on by a panel of almost 60 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, are important for the automakers.

This year's press preview for the North American International Auto Show ends Tuesday. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator took the top truck honor, while the 2018 Volvo XC60 took top utility honor.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator won Truck of the Year. The newest Accord, the nameplate's 10th generation, was praised in particular for looking low and sleek but surprising with more room than its predecessor.

2018 marks the third year the panel has opted to have a separate utility category.

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Voting for the Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year began in June 2017, where three rounds of voting narrowed down nine finalists and three winners.

Roughly 60 jurors from print, online, and broadcast new publications in the United States and Canada chose the winners from a pool of dozens of new vehicles, which were tallied by Deloitte LLP. The vehicles also had to be popular sellers, thus ruling out many niche products like those from the exotic brands.

Last year's winners were the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Windsor-made Chrysler Pacifica. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

For more from the Detroit auto show, head to our dedicated hub. It was in the Truck class.