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Canadian Car of the Year finalists revealed

Kia, Mercedes net multiple finalists


November 13, 2013
by Emily Atkins

Toronto, Ontario—The top three car, SUV, and pickup finalists in twelve “Best New” categories have been revealed by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).

The finalists are:

Small Car (under $21k)
Mazda3
Nissan Versa Note
Toyota Corolla 1.8

Small Car (over $21k)
Ford Fiesta ST
Kia Forte Sedan
Mazda3 Sport

Family Car (under $30k)
Fiat 500L
Kia Rondo
Kia Soul

Family Car (over $30k)
Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Honda Accord Hybrid
Mazda6

Luxury Car (under $50k)
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS 350 RWD
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Luxury Car (over $50k)
Acura RLX
Cadillac CTS
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

Sports/Performance (over $50k)
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Porsche Cayman

Prestige Car (over $75k)
Cadillac XTS
Jaguar XJ XJR
Mercedes-Benz S Class

SUV/CUV (under $35k)
Jeep Cherokee
Subaru Forester XT Touring
Toyota RAV4 AWD Limited

SUV/CUV ($35k to $60k)
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
Kia Sorento
Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC

SUV/CUV (over $60k)
Acura MDX
BMW X5
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

Pickup
Chevrolet Silverado
GMC Sierra
Ram 1500

The category finalists represent the vote results by the largest group of Canada’s best-known automotive journalists, who recently gathered in Niagara Falls, Ontario for a five-day test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed vehicle models. The event, known as “TestFest,” was hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission, and Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier.

The vote results are based on a combination of objective data and evaluation by 80 journalists of 174 vehicles. Each journalist drives vehicles in a category back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, on closed and public roads, so as to ensure consumer relevance

Every detail, from safety features to cargo capacity, is thoroughly scrutinized and individually rated by secret ballot. Over 40,000 data fields are generated by the journalists. KPMG then tabulates the information from the ballots in order to determine the winners.  The vote results are kept confidential – even from AJAC – until announced publicly

The journalists’ evaluations are combined to select a winner in each of the twelve categories. Those winners will be declared in Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. Each category winner then goes on to compete for the top honour of being either the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year, or the 2014 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, which will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show on February 13, 2014.