Ed Welburn, recently retired General Motors vice president of global design, designed a trophy for the awards, inspired by the Oscar award.
The Acura NSX, Audi A4, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Jaguar XE, Kia Cadenza, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan, Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman and Toyota Prius Prime were the other cars on the short list.
The remaining utilities were the Audi Q7, Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia, Infiniti QX30, Kia Sportage, Mercedes-Benz GLS-class and Nissan Armada.
The only other pickup was the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The Honda Civic and the Volvo XC90 won the 2016 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.