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2016 Canadian Car of the Year: Category winners announced

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We’re now a step closer to finding out the 2016 Canadian Car and Truck of the Year as the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) today announced the nine "Best New" category winners.

These vehicles represent the voting results by 71 of Canada's best-known automotive journalists who gathered this October in Clarington, Ontario for a four-day test-drive evaluation a.k.a. “TestFest.”

"Our program is absolutely testing-based," said Justin Pritchard, co-chair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee and a regular contributor of "We have dozens of experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,911 test drives, producing over 110,000 data points and 1,701 category ballots. It's important to note that every aspect of this testing data is shared online via our website, so shoppers can see how any given vehicle won its category, or how it stacked up to the category winner." 

Here are the 2016 Canadian Car of the Year category winners:

Best New Small Car:

  • Honda Civic Sedan
  • Toyota Yaris Sedan
  • Volkswagen Jetta 1.4TSI 

Best New Family Car:

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon 1.8 TSI 

Best New Sports/Performance (under $50k):

  • Mazda MX-5
  • MINI John Cooper Works 3 door
  • Volkswagen Golf R 

Best New Sports/Performance (over $50k):

  • Cadillac ATS-V
  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
  • Mercedes-AMG C 63 S 

Best New Prestige / Performance:

  • Cadillac CTS-V
  • Mercedes-AMG GT S
  • Porsche Cayman GT4 

Best New SUV/CUV (under $35k):

  • Honda HR-V
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Mazda CX-3 

Best New SUV/CUV ($35k-$60k):

  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sorento 

Best New SUV/CUV (over $60k):

  • Lincoln MKX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (GLE 350d 4MATIC Coupe)
  • Volvo XC90

Best New Pickup:

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Canyon Diesel
  • Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab