The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards recently announced the 27 new vehicles that made it to the awards semifinalist list. Among them were the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban, which join 14 other vehicles in the Utility of the Year category.
Each of the latest NACTOY semifinalists are either all-new vehicles, or “substantially new.” NACTOY says that it accepted vehicle entries later than normal this year “to better accommodate more than the usual number of late-launch vehicles.”
“Many of the new models on our semifinalist list make bold statements that are intended to distinguish them within their segments,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “Several are all-electric, while others have groundbreaking designs or off-the-chart capabilities. It will be fascinating to see which risks pay off this year as our evaluation process continues.”
The list of semifinalists now heads to NACTOY’s panel of judges, which includes 50 automotive experts from various online, print, radio, and broadcast media outlets covering both the U.S. and Canada.
Jurors will have a chance to take comparison drives in each semifinalist vehicle during an annual event slated to take place next week. Judges will then vote on finalists for each category, the results of which will be announced in December. Winners will be announced in January.
NACTOY lumps the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban into a single entry for this year’s Utility of the Year awards category. Standout rivals in the category include the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Ford Bronco Sport, and the Ford Mustang Mach E.
Both the Tahoe and Suburban were overhauled (re-engineered and redesigned) for the 2021 model year, with the Chevrolet Tahoe entering its fifth generation, and the Chevrolet Suburban entering an impressive twelfth generation. Both models ride on the GM T1 platform and offer three engine options, including the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gas unit, the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gas unit, and the new-for-2021 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax. Both SUVs are assembled at the GM Arlington plant in Arlington, Texas.
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