There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new vehicle: reliability, fuel efficiency, your budget, and auto insurance rates to name just a few. But how do you know if you’re buying a “good” car—one that you’ll enjoy driving for years to come? If you’re buying a new vehicle, you’re likely going to hold onto it for five to nine years, but chances are you’ll only test drive a few models before buying. For this reason, many buyers, in the course of their research, turn to the people whose job it is to evaluate cars on a regular basis.
Every year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) selects the “Best New” vehicles that they feel are best in class in their category. From this list, they then pick the Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
In the running for this year’s top honours were the following “Best New” category winners:
- Hyundai Elantra (one of Canada’s best-selling cars): Best New Small Car
- Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: Best New Large Car
- Buick LaCrosse: Best New Large Premium Car
- Hyundai Elantra (Sport): Best New Sports/Performance Car
- BMW M2: Best New Premium Sports/Performance Car
- Subaru Forester: Best New Small Utility
- Chrysler Pacifica: Best New Large Utility
- Mercedes-Benz GLC (GLC 300 4Matic): Best New Premium Utility Vehicle
The winners are not based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, the winners are selected based on the votes of more than 60 automotive journalists who each drove the vehicles back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, to ensure fair and objective comparisons. The event, called TestFest, is a test-drive evaluation of brand new or significantly changed models.
“TestFest is the most intensive new-vehicle evaluation process on the planet,” said Gary Grant, co-chair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “No other organization employs such stringent testing methods to determine its award winners.”
Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year: Winners
This year, AJAC selected the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack as its Canadian Car of the Year, while the Subaru Forester claimed top honours for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
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