LIVE FROM TESTFEST: DAY 3 – Performance testing data released

Rain adds relevance to AJAC/CCOTY's real-world testing mantra

Published: October 24, 2012, 6:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:57 PM

AJAC TestFest 2013 in the rain, Canadian Car of the Year testing

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:

City Car

- 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.

Small Car

-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.

Family Car

- 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.

Prestige Performance

- 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.

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