Category finalists revealed for Canadian Car of the Year awards

The winners from each of these categories will be eligible for the overall 2015 awards

Published: November 11, 2014, 8:45 PM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 12:05 PM

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has announced the finalists for each category in its 2015 Canadian Car and Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year awards program.

The 'Best New' vehicles in each of these categories will be revealed at a press conference in Toronto on December 2, 2014. Each of those winners will then be eligible for the overall 2015 Canadian Car or Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year award, which will be announced and presented at the Canadian International Auto Show on February 12, 2015.

The results are not based on balloting by 73 AJAC-member automotive journalists who drove the competitive vehicles back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, as part of a five-day TestFest held in Niagara Falls in october.

Those 1,640 individual test drives generated more than 160,000 data points, which were tabulated and analyzed by the accounting firm KPMG to determine the winners.

The category finalists are:

  • Kia Soul EV
  • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

SMALL CAR (under $21k)

Honda Fit

Nissan Micra

SMALL CAR (over $21k)

MINI Cooper

Kia Forte5

Volkswagen Golf

FAMILY CAR (under $30k)

Chrysler 200

Subaru Legacy 2.5i

Toyota Camry XSE

FAMILY CAR (over $30k)

Hyundai Sonata

Subaru WRX

Toyota Camry (Hybrid)

 LUXURY CAR (under $50k)          

Acura TLX

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Volvo V60

 LUXURY CAR (over $50k)

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Hyundai Genesis

 SPORTS - PERFORMANCE (under $50k)

BMW M235i

Subaru STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI


Dodge Challenger

Ford Mustang (GT)

Volvo V60 Polestar

 PRESTIGE (over $75k)

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac Escalade

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 550 Coupe         


BMW M4 Coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S

SUV - CUV (under $35k)

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Outback 2.5i       

SUV - CUV ($35k-$60k) 

Lincoln MKC

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Toyota Highlander

SUV - CUV (over $60k)

GMC Yukon XL

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

Porsche Macan S


Chevrolet Colorado

Ford F-150

GMC Canyon

Last year's overall winners were the Mazda6 as 2014 Canadian Car of the Year and the Jeep Cherokee as the 2014 Utility Vehicle of the Year.