Previously, minivans were included in the Trucks category for NACTOY, however they will now be classified as SUVs with the addition of the new category. SUVs, crossovers and commercial vans were also previously judged under the ‘Trucks’ category.
The Pacifica will be up against entries such as the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Armada and GMC Acadia in the SUVs category. To win the award, it will have to make it through three rounds of judging, which starts in September. NACTOY judges will announce three finalists from each category on December 6 before revealing winners at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
In addition to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sportscar is also eligible for North American Car of The Year.