The 2020 model year is winding down to a close, and that means the North American Car of the Year award is due out soon, with winners slated to be announced next January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Heading the list of semifinalists in the Utility category are two GM products – the Cadillac XT6 and Chevrolet Blazer.
For those who may be unaware, the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards are annual accolades handed out to the vest finest automotive products from a given model year, as determined by an independent jury of 50 automotive journalists from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada.
Winners are considered “benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.”
The Cadillac XT6 is the premium automaker’s latest seven-passenger SUV, which just arrived as an all-new nameplate for the 2020 model year, bridging the gap between the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac Escalade. We got a chance to drive the Cadillac XT6 this summer, and found it to be composed and easy to pilot at any speed, as well as quiet and peaceful for the long haul. Under the hood is the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6, which produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, and mates to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the new Chevrolet Blazer reintroduced the nameplate for the 2019 model year as an all-new midsize crossover utility vehicle (CUV), offering sharp styling that takes after some of the sportiest models in GM’s stable, including the Camaro. Several engine options are on offer, including the naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder LCV, which produces 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX, which produces 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Chevy also brought over the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder LSY for the 2020 model year changeover, which produces 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Each engine mates to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
With regard to the 2020 North American Utility of the Year award, the Cadillac XT6 and Chevrolet Blazer will have the following rivals to contend with:
- Audi E-Tron
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Escape
- Honda Passport
- Kia Telluride
- Hyundai Palisade
- Lincoln Aviator
- Lincoln Corsair
- Subaru Outback
- Volvo V60 Cross Country