AJAC category winners announced


The Automotive Journalists’ Association of Canada wrapped up its massive annual vehicle review program last week in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.

More than 80 journalists tested 180 new 2013 model year vehicles over the four day TestFest with the eventual goal of naming the Canadian Car of the Year.

“Once again, a wide array of Canada’s most experienced and respected automotive journalists have wrung out the full slate of new vehicles offered to Canadian consumers”, Richard Russell, AJAC chair of the 2013 program noted in a statement.

“The week-long process results in unbiased and accurate information that equips Canadian consumers with readily accessible, objective data that can be used as a reliable resource when shopping for a new vehicle. The process and program have evolved over more than two decades and each year becomes more exacting and informative”.

The participating journalists completed nearly 2,000 individual road tests during TestFest, comparing vehicles back-to-back on the same roads under the same conditions. 

Though the eventual Car of the Year winner won’t be named until the Canadian International Auto Show in February, the group did reveal its best new vehicles across 11 categories.

CITY CAR:  Ford Focus EV
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (under $21k): Mazda3 Skyactiv Sedan
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (over $21k):  Hyundai Elantra GT
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (under $30k): Honda Accord Sedan
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (over $30k): Ford Fusion Hybrid
BEST NEW PRESTIGE AND PERFORMANCE CAR (over $75k): Porsche 911 Carrera S
BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (over $50k):  Porsche Boxster
BEST NEW SUV/CUV (under $35k): Ford Escape 1.6 L EcoBoost
BEST NEW SUV/CUV ($35k-$60k): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
Category winners will now compete for 2013 Canadian Car of the Year or the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Best New Design and Best New Technology will also be announced at that time.