Domestics dominate the truck-of-the-year voting, and Ford dominates the domestics, winning five of the past 19 awards. The hybrid C-Max has already been positioned as Ford's Prius fighter, which makes it a patriotic vote in the battle for better fuel economy (the EPA says up 47 miles per gallon, city/47 mpg, highway). The C-Max also benefits from a new name (borrowed from a European model) and gives jurors a chance to show they are enthusiastic about more than horsepower.
The jurors who pick the North American Car of the Year have come out with their shortlist. Our juror gives his odds.