For the third year in a row, the Automobile Journalists Association spent a couple of days at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Southern Ontario, to finalize testing for vehicles which are eligible for the Canadian Car of the Year awards.
For this year’s program, the format changed somewhat in order to allow Canada’s top journalists to test more vehicles. The experts were able to vote for vehicles they have driven all year long, while the event, known in the industry as Testfest, allowed them to get seat time in vehicles which might not have been available to them for testing in their home market.
The vehicles evaluated are then scored by the journalists to rank them in relation to other vehicles in their market segment in order to determine the top vehicle available to Canadian consumers.
Once the scores have been tabulated, the top three finalists in each category are announced. That list was released today.
And the finalists are:
Best City Car in Canada for 2018:
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Best Small Car in Canada for 2018:
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid/PHEV
Best Large Car in Canada for 2018:
Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2018:
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2018:
Volvo S90 / V90
Best Sports – Performance Car in Canada for 2018:
Honda Civic Si
Honda Civic Type R
Volkswagen Golf R
Best Premium Sports – Performance Car in Canada for 2018:
Best Convertible in Canada for 2018:
Porsche 718 Boxster
Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018:
Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018:
Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018:
Range Rover Velar
Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018:
Land Rover Discovery
Best Minivan in Canada for 2018:
Best Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2018:
Category winners will be announced at the Montreal Auto Show on January 18. The 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year will be chosen from those 14 winners and will be announced at the Canadian International AutoShow in downtown Toronto on February 15.
Photo credit: Jordan Lenssen for AJAC