The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) during media day at the Montreal Auto Show announced the top three finalists in the three big overall award categories of its Canadian Car of the Year awards program, which is now in its 28th year.
The finalists, culled from winners in 11 categories announced last fall following the association's annual TestFest, were:
2013 Canadian Car of the Year:
Honda Accord Sedan
Hyundai Elantra GT
2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year:
Ford Escape 1.6 L EcoBoost
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
2013 Best New Design:
Porsche 911 Carrera S
The announcement of the three overall winners will kick off media day at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on Feb. 14.
During TestFest, 80 of Canada’s top automotive journalists spend four intensive days in Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of 180 “all new” or “significantly new” 2013 vehicles. Their vote results are determined from more than 40,000 individual data points established in the testing program and compiled on-site by the international accounting firm KPMG and kept confidential even from AJAC until the winners’ press conference. Along with the three categories above, KPMG will bring an evenlope containing the winner of the 2013 Best New Technology award, presented by Shell Canada.
Need to compare a Dodge Dart to a Nissan Sentra, or a Chevrolet Malibu Eco to the Ford Fusion or the Honda Accord? How about a BMW 3 Series to a Lexus ES 350 or a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG with a Porsche Boxster? All of this year’s comparative data and vote results are posted at www.ajac.ca. If you're looking at buying an older vehicle, AJAC archives the comparative test data and vote results from previous years on its website too.