This year's press preview for the North American International Auto Show ends Tuesday.
In recent weeks a jury panel of 60 automotive journalists narrowed each category down to three contenders. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator took the top truck honor, while the 2018 Volvo XC60 took top utility honor. Arcangeli calls the Accord "new from the ground up", with more coupe-like styling and its first-ever turbocharged engines.
Thanks to the Accord, Honda won awards for three years straight. 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. "The entire Lincoln team is very proud of the work that was done to create a truly differentiated, luxury Lincoln experience in our all-new Navigator".
As for North American Truck of the Year, the redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator beat out the also-redesigned Ford Expedition - which shares the same underpinnings and platform as the Nav - and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which interestingly enough, was the only pickup on the list. The Volvo XC60 and Honda Civic both took top honors in 2016. Accord was the first model from a Japanese automaker to be made in America, beginning in November 1982 in Marysville, Ohio, with cumulative US production of Accord exceeding 11 million vehicles over more than 35 years.