Mazda's all-new CX-9

Three Japanese models nominated for 2017 North American SUV of the Year

On July 6, the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) organizing committee announced its 12 nominees (first round of selections) for the SUV category of the 2017 NACTOY award.

Being held for the 24th time, the NACTOY is awarded to the best vehicle as selected by a group of approximately 50 journalists residing in the US and Canada from a list of new models either released within a year or scheduled for release in North America.

Until now, the NACTOY consisted of two categories, “cars” and “trucks and SUVs.” However, the latter category has been separated into “trucks” and “SUVs,” establishing three categories for the 2017 NACTOY award.

The first round of nominees for the SUV category of the 2017 NACTOY is as follows:

Audi Q7
Bentley Bentayga
Buick Envision
Cadillac XT5
Chrysler Pacifica
GMC Acadia
Infiniti QX30
Kia Sportage
Mercedes Benz GLS
Jaguar F-PACE
Mazda CX-9
Nissan Armada

In the US, a drop in gasoline prices and economic recovery has resulted in great success for SUV sales. As a result, the first round of nominees consist mainly of mid- and large-sized SUVs.

As for Japanese brands, three models have been nominated including Mazda’s all-new CX-9, Nissan’s new Armada and Infiniti’s QX30. Meanwhile, none of Honda’s models were nominated despite the selections of the HR-V (the Vezel, in Japan) and the Pilot at the previous NACTOY. Lexus also did not receive any nominations this year despite the selection of the RX last year.