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2018 Detroit Auto Show: Lincoln Navigator, Volvo XC60 Take NACTOY Honors

January 15, 2018 by Sebastian Blanco, @SebastianBlanco

The redesigned Lincoln Navigator won 2018 North American Truck of the Year while the Volvo XC60 was named Utility Vehicle of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

The Navigator edged out two other finalists for Truck of the Year with 212 votes. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 received 200 votes and the Ford Expedition notched 188 in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year, or NACTOY, tallies.

“Navigator has really been a labor of love. It’s a true luxury vehicle, but it’s also incredibly capable, so you’re really not sacrificing anything,” said Molly Cosgrove, Lincoln Navigator brand manager.

The Navigator uses a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It offers the most towing capability in its class with up to 8,700 pounds, Cosgrove said.

“The Lincoln Navigator has always had a brash, singular style, but this 2018 model has a remarkably well-executed and luxurious cabin that really drives home its luxury message,” NACTOY juror Chris Paukert told Trucks.com. “Add in a burly and flexible 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, and this truck may be a lifestyle statement, but it’s also one that can do just about everything well.”

John Pearley Huffman, another NACTOY juror, said he liked the quality of the materials used in the vehicle. He also liked the digital instrumentation and innovative controls.

“Of course, this is also, once all the options are ladled on, the first six-figure Lincoln,” Huffman told Trucks.com.

Volvo’s win was more dominant. The XC60 received 246 votes. Other finalists for Utility Vehicle of the Year, the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, earned 182 and 172, respectively.

The XC60 is Volvo’s compact luxury crossover that was recently named the best overall safety performer at the 2017 European New Car Assessment Programme awards. The most powerful XC60 offers 407 horsepower and goes from zero to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds.

“The big deal here is the interface between car and human driver. It’s technology that feels natural and intuitive. Not just a bunch of tech for tech’s sake,” Huffman said.

“Volvo is on a roll and winning more media and consumer fans every day. While the previous award-winning XC90 may be a bit big for some, and the soon-to-launch XC40 may be a bit small, the in-between XC60 is just right for most in passenger and cargo accommodations,” NACTOY juror Gary Witzenburg told Trucks.com.

Its Drive-E turbocharged 4-cylinder engines also hit the sweet spot between performance and efficiency, Witzenburg said.

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