Canadas best Vehicles:  The ultimate guide

2018 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards: Category Winners

Every year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) celebrates the best vehicles in each of several categories in addition to naming the overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. For 2018 the big winners were Mazda, Jaguar Land Rover, with three category wins each. Honda/Acura, Volkswagen, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won two divisions each. Category winners were chosen by nearly 100 voting members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, who assessed the vehicles throughout the year by driving them and testing them in a variety of conditions. They have scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money, and the highest scorers in each category were declared the winners.

“Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more relevant for today’s car buyers,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. “Our journalists are all experts in their automotive fields, and I’m very proud of their ability to help people decide on the best new vehicles to buy in 2018.”

All 14 category winners are now eligible to be considered for either Canadian Car of the Year when the overall winner in each category will be determined. After compiling the results of almost 3000 ballots submitted on 182 different vehicle models, here are the category finalists.

Best City Car in Canada for 2018

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Nissan Micra

Volkswagen e-Golf

Best Small Car in Canada for 2018 (Subcompact and compact cars)

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid/PHEV

Mazda3

Best Large Car in Canada for 2018 (Midsize and full-size cars)

Honda Accord

Mazda6

Toyota Camry

Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2018 (Subcompact and compact luxury cars)

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Infiniti Q60

Jaguar XE

Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2018 (Midsize and full-size luxury cars)

Genesis G80

Lexus LC

Volvo S90/V90

Best Sports/Performance Car in Canada for 2018

Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Best Premium Sports/Performance Car in Canada for 2018

Jaguar F-TYPE

Porsche 718

Porsche 911

Best Convertible in Canada for 2018

Mazda MX-5

Mercedes-Benz SL

Porsche 718 Boxster

Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018

(Subcompact and compact utility vehicles)

Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue

Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018

(Midsize and full-size utility vehicles)

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Toyota Highlander

Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018 (Subcompact and compact)

Porsche Macan

Range Rover Velar

Volvo XC60

Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018 (Midsize and full-size luxury) vehicles)

Acura MDX

Land Rover Discovery

Volvo XC90

Best Minivan in Canada for 2018

Chrysler Pacifica

Honda Odyssey

Kia Sedona

Best Pickup Truck in Canada for 2018

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tundra