Honda Accord names North American car of 2018

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The all-new 2018 Honda Accord, the 10 generation of America's most popular vehicle, has earned the prestigious 2018 North American auto of the Year award.

It's the first vehicle of the year award for all three nameplates, although Honda and Volvo have both won the award recently. Accord's win marks the third consecutive year that a Honda model has received top honors from the North American jury of automotive journalists, with the Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline winning the vehicle and truck awards in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The awards are "chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online, and broadcast media across the United States and Canada", according to the award show website. The newest Accord, the nameplate's 10th generation, was praised in particular for looking low and sleek but surprising with more room than its predecessor. The Navigator beat out the Chevrolet Colorado and its Ford Expedition brother.

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Voting for the Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year began in June 2017, where three rounds of voting narrowed down nine finalists and three winners.

The awards, on their 24th year, are handed out based on innovation, design, value, driver satisfaction and safety.

The Volvo XC60 took the top prize in the utility category and the Lincoln Navigator for trucks.

Last year's winners were the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

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