The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada(AJAC) selects the “Best New” vehicles that they feel are best in class in their category. From this list, they then pick the Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Each year many Canadians use this list as a starting point when it comes time to purchasing a new or used vehicle. When asked what Canadians are looking for the factors that come up most is reliability, fuel efficiency, their budget, how much insurance will cost and vehicle safety.
Since most Canadians own a car for on average 9 years, the research that they can do is one that will affect their family for a good period of time.
This year the 14 category winners are as follows:
|Best City Car||Volkswagen e-Golf|
|Best Small Car||Mazda3|
|Best Large Car||Honda Accord|
|Best Small Premium Car||Jaguar XE|
|Best Large Premium Car||Volvo S90 / V90|
|Best Sports-Performance Car||Volkswagen Golf R|
|Best Premium Sports-Performance Car||Jaguar F-TYPE|
|Best Convertible||Mercedes-Benz SL|
|Best Small Utility Vehicle||Mazda CX-5|
|Best Large Utility Vehicle||Mazda CX-9|
|Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle||Range Rover Velar|
|Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle||Acura MDX|
|Best Minivan||Chrysler Pacifica|
|Best Pickup Truck||Ram 1500|
The 14 category winners above are not selected based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, the winners are determined based on the votes of almost 100 automotive journalists who, over the course of the last year, assessed and scored the vehicles on factors like performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money.
To select the winners for Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, a second round of voting takes place that takes into consideration qualities like comfort and convenience. This year, AJAC selected the Honda Accord as its Canadian Car of the Year, while the Chrysler Pacifica claimed top honours for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
“We’re thrilled to declare the Honda Accord to be the Canadian Car of the Year for 2018, and the Chrysler Pacifica to be the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. “They’re both deserving of being considered the very best vehicles you can buy in 2018.”