The 2021 Hyundai Elantra won the 2021 North American Car of the Year award, as rated by the American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) automotive media jury. This is the second time the Hyundai sedan has won the award, the first being in 2012. Only two cars have been awarded more than once (Chevrolet Corvette and Honda Civic) and this marks a third victory for Hyundai in this category. The winner was announced during a virtual event. Images, footage, press releases, and specifications of the Elantra 2021 can be found at https://www.hyundainews.com/en-us/models/hyundai-elantra-2021-elantra.
“Thanks to all the members of the jury. It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the entire company, our employees at the Alabama and Ulsan plants that make the Elantra, and our dealers, ”said José Muñoz, Hyundai Motor Company Global Operations Director, CEO and President of Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. “Elantra is a symbol of our combination of dynamic design, advanced technology and great fuel economy. Elantra customers are going to experience all the hard work and dedication it takes to make this class-leading car. ”
Jury members tested and evaluated more than 40 new vehicles before voting for the top three cars, utility vehicles and trucks to be finalists for 2021. The Nissan Sentra and Genesis G80 were the other finalist cars.
Now in its 28th year, the NACTOY Awards are selected through a series of three separate votes, comprised of a diverse jury of automotive journalists from numerous media outlets in the United States and Canada. Jury members evaluate the finalists based on their segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and dollar value.
Since its founding in 1994, the NACTOY awards are the oldest for new vehicles, not associated with any publication, website, radio or television station. Due to the independence of the juries, these awards are among the most respected in the industry.