By Tom Davis
Detroit, Michigan -- January 16, 2018 -- The 2018 model of the Honda Accord was named the North American Car of Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this week.
The Honda Accord, which beat the Toyota Camry and the Kia Stinger to the award, was cited for its high level of quality and its more affordable price.
“Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick. Not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it’s somehow roomier inside, too,” said Chris Paukert, a juror of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY) and Managing Editor of Road Show by CNET. “Even in low-end trims, it drives well and offers a strong amount of standard equipment.”
The Accord shared the award with the Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator, which were named Utility of the Year and Truck of the Year, respectively.
The Volvo XC60 was awarded for its "exemplary ride" and "fine value", while the 2018 Navigator won due to its "dramatic update" compared to its Ford Expedition sibling.
The awards, which are now in their 24th year, are chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online and broadcast media across the United States and Canada. Votes were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP.
Chosen from dozens of new vehicles, jurors evaluated the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The process started in June 2017 by determining vehicle eligibility and includes three rounds of voting.
More information about the show can be found at naias.com.