The top 10 finalists competing for top honours in this year’s World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards have been announced, with a jury comprising 102 international automotive journalists from 33 countries selecting the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each eligible vehicle as part of their professional work. 

To be regarded as “eligible” for World Car of the Year, a vehicle must be produced in volumes of at least 10 000 units per year and be priced below the luxury car level in their primary markets. In addition, the cars must be on sale in at least two major markets on at least two separate continents within the period of January 1, 2021, and March 30, 2022.

The winner will be announced live at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. Here are the finalists:


  • Cupra Formentor


  • Ford Mustang Mach-E


  • Genesis G70

  • Honda Civic

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5

  • Hyundai Tucson


  • Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ

“We are proud to be part of the most important automotive awards program on the planet,” said New York Auto Show president Mark Schienberg. “We are looking forward to coming back this spring and announcing the winners live at the Auto Show in April.”

“While the last two years have been challenging for everyone, car buyers are ready to come out and experience all the amazing new vehicles and technologies the industry has to offer. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists!”