Each year, a couple dozen members of the automotive press, including CNET’s own Chris Paukert, vote on candidates for the North American Car and Truck of the Year. The award is given out at the Detroit Auto Show, and just before that the list of finalists is announced. Here are the six cars vying for this year’s pair of awards — three finalists for cars, and three finalists for trucks.
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2016 Honda Civic

Honda’s venerable compact car is new from the ground up for its 10th generation. The Civic sports new drivetrain options — including, for the first time, a turbocharger — and some very emotional styling. The interior is positively cavernous in its latest iteration, and it’s pretty great to drive, to boot.
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Published: December 8, 2015 4:22 PM PST
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has truly stepped up its game. Its dimensions are perfect for the mid-size segment, and thanks to a focus on engineering, it’s lighter than the previous-gen Malibu. Throw in a great deal of cutting-edge technology, and you’ve got a car that’s moved from detention to the honor roll in the course of just one year.
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Published: December 8, 2015 4:22 PM PST
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2016 Nissan Titan XD

Nissan is blasting away the mountainside of traditional trucks with the Titan XD, which rests between your typical half-ton pickup and the more hardcore heavy-duty trucks. The XD sports a Cummins turbodiesel engine and some very impressive towing and hauling figures, giving buyers a bit more than a standard half-ton without forcing them to buy a truck that’s roughly the size of a small apartment building.
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Published: December 8, 2015 4:22 PM PST
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2016 Volvo XC90

Everything about the XC90 is new. The design language is new, the underpinnings are new, the infotainment system is new — heck, even Volvo’s parent company is new. Concerns about Chinese automaker Geely’s purchase of the Swedish brand have been put to rest, as the XC90 has come straight out of the gates gunning for supremacy in a very strong segment.
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Published: December 8, 2015 4:22 PM PST
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