Here are the 2010 North American car and truck of the year finalists –

While many people who decide to buy a car usually undergo major fact-finding missions in order to get themselves acquainted with what model they fancy and what alternatives they have to it, there are still a lot of people who prefer the word of the automotive press and rely on things such as Car of the Year awards.

Done at the end of the year, these distinctions usually go to some of the standout models from the past 12 months. Now, it seems that the lists of finalists for this year’s North American edition of Car and Truck of the Year have appeared.

In terms of cars, it might be a pretty close race as almost all of the contestants have their merits. In terms of trucks though, it is a fairly odd bunch, including the Acura ZDX or Ford Transit Connect.

The 2010 North American Car of the Year Short List: • BMW 335d • Buick LaCrosse • Cadillac CTS • Chevrolet Camaro • Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid • Ford Taurus • Honda Insight • Kia Soul • Mazda3/MazdaSpeed3 • Mercedes-Benz E-Class • Porsche Panamera • Subaru Legacy • Suzuki Kizashi • Toyota Prius

• Volkswagen Golf/GTI

The 2010 North American Truck of the Year Short List: • Acura ZDX • Audi Q5 • Cadillac SRX • Chevrolet Equinox • Ford Transit Connect • Honda Crosstour • Land Rover LR4 • Lincoln MKT • Subaru Outback

• Volvo XC60

Who do you think will win the two categories? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment to this article with your votes.

Source: Jalopnik

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