The all-electric Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover was recently announced as a finalist in the 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards. The Lyriq will next face off against the Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6 for top honors in the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year category.
The annual NACTOY Awards recognize the most “outstanding” new vehicles of the year based on a variety of criteria, including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, user experience, and value. Winners are determined via three rounds of voting by a collection of jurors plucked from the world of automotive journalism, including journalists from the U.S. and Canada covering print, web, radio, and television. Jurors previously narrowed down an original pool of 47 eligible vehicles to 26 semi-finalists, and again to a group of nine finalists, with three finalist vehicles per category.
Those categories include North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, and North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. Notably, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 is a finalist in this year’s Truck of the Year category.
In the Utility Vehicle category, the Cadillac Lyriq will face two other all-electric crossovers, namely the Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6. The latest 2023 NACTOY Awards mark the first time in the awards’ history in which EVs made up the three finalists in a specific category. Three other EVs also made the final round in separate categories, including the Ford F-150 Lightning and Lordstown Endurance in the Truck category, and the Genesis G80 EV in the Car category.
The NACTOY jury will hold a final vote to determine award winners between December 30th, 2022, and January 5th, 2023. The award winners will be announced during a special event set to take place in Detroit on January 11th, 2023.
As a reminder, the Cadillac Lyriq features GM Ultium battery tech and GM Ultium Drive motor tech, while the GM BEV3 platform provides the underpinnings. The Cadillac Lyriq is produced at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.