During a ceremony at the 77th Montreal International Auto Show on Thursday, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the 12 category winners that will compete for the titles of 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and 2020 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
To get to this point, AJAC journalists from coast to coast drove the 51 eligible vehicles during a six-month evaluation period on the very same roads and in the same conditions experienced daily by Canadian drivers.
"AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year category award winners are those vehicles deemed by our members to be the cars, SUVs, and trucks that are best suited to the realities of driving in Canada," said Stephanie Wallcraft, President of AJAC. "AJAC members comprise the largest collective group of automotive journalism expertise in the country, and they take pride in providing assessments that are objective, fair, and based on real-world road testing experience. Canadians can be confident that each of these vehicles has been selected as a standout by experts who understand the unique challenges of navigating Canada's diverse roads and conditions."
Here is the full list of winners. Do you see any surprise?
Best Small Car in Canada for 2020:
Mazda3 – Winner
Best Large Car in Canada for 2020:
Subaru Legacy – Winner
Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2020:
Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Winner
Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2020:
Toyota GR Supra – Winner
Hyundai Veloster N
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Best Premium Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2020:
Porsche 911 Carrera – Winner
Jaguar F-PACE SVR
Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:
Subaru Outback – Winner
Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:
Kia Telluride – Winner
Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:
Volvo XC40 – Winner
Range Rover Evoque
Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:
Porsche Cayenne – Winner
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Best Pick-up in Canada for 2020:
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel – Winner
Best EV in Canada for 2020:
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Winner
Hyundai Kona Electric
Best Premium EV in Canada for 2020:
Jaguar I-PACE – Winner
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered
The overall winners will be revealed as part of the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 13. As for the Canadian Green Car of the Year and Green Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, they will be presented at the Vancouver International Auto Show on March 25.