Niagara on the Lake, ON – After two days of sunshine and Indian summer, today the skies opened up and drenched the Niagara Reginal Airport and surrounding region, which is AJAC's C ground zero for AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year TestFest.
It didn't slow down the action, however, as the 80-plus voting journalists completed around 750 individual test drives for the second day in a row.
Data from the performance tests conducted over the first two days have now been compiled and released and there were a few surprises as well as some points of interest.
Here are a few of our observations:
- Ford's Focus Electric posted acceleration numbers (0-100 km/h and 80-120 km/h) that were well within the gasoline-engine norms for the Small Car classes. The Mitsubishi iMiEV, not so much.
- The Focus Electric's braking performance was also among the best in any of the Small Car classes.
-The Mazda3 sedan was the quickest of the Small Cars (<$21K), in both 0-100 km/h and 80-120 km/h acceleration. But the Ford C-Max hybrid went even quicker in the Small Car (>$21K) class.
- A Chevrolet Sonic LTZ hatch stopped the shortest of all the cars in those two classes.
- In the Family-Car (< $30K) class, the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima were the top performers, with the Nissan prevailing by a tenth-of-a-second in both acceleration measures.
- Among Family Cars (>$30K), the Chevrolet Malibu and Mercedes-B-Class were jointly quickest from 0-to-100 km/h and the Benz took 80-120-km/h honours.
- Ford's Fusion and Fusion Hybrid had the shortest stopping distances in the two classes respectively.
- In the Luxury class, BMW's 3-Series was tops in the 0-to-100 km sprint, but the Cadillac ATS and Lexus GS tied for quickest from 80-to-100.
- The ATS took the least distance to stop from 100 km/h.
- In the huge 10-car Sports/Performance (<$50K) class, Volkswagen's AWD Golf R was king of the hill in both measures, although the Ford Focus ST and the Honda Accord Coupe each equalled its 80-120 time.
- Hyundai's Genesis Coupe was best-in-class for braking.
- Among the ground-shakers in Sports/Performance (>$50K), Ford's Shelby Mustang ruled in both measures and tied for fast time of day (2.7 seconds!) for the 80-120 km/h charge.
- But the Porsche Boxster had the shortest stopping distance in that class.
- The top dog in performance for all classes, not surprisingly, came from the big-bucks Prestige Performance class in the form of the Porsche Carrera S: quickest in both acceleration measures (in a tie for 80-120 time) and shortest stopping distance of all from 100 km/h.
- There wasn't much spread in either acceleration measure across the CUV/SUV (<$35K) category, but the Honda CR-V was marginally quickest on both counts.
- The Ford Escape 1.6L EcoBoost posted the shortest stopping distance in that class.
- The Acura RDX was the quickest CUV/SUV ($35-to-60K) from 0-to-100 km/h with the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T best from 80-to-120 km/h.
- The Infiniti JX had the shortest braking distance among those intermediate CUV/SUVs.
The other extreme
- At the other end of the performance scale, the Mitsubishi iMiEV was the slowest car overall in both acceleration measures and the Honda Acura Coupe had the longest braking distance.