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2016 Canadian Car of the Year: Meet the category finalists

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Following its annual “TestFest,” The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) today announced the top three finalists in nine "Best New" categories for the 2016 Canadian Car of the Year Awards. The category winners will be revealed on November 24th in Toronto. 

"The benefits are twofold," says Justin Pritchard, CCOTY co-chair and collaborator. "First, back-to-back testing brings out even subtle differences between competitors, which are reflected in the scoring results. And second, all of our results are quantified. When a vehicle wins or loses in the program, the public can see precisely why, since all of our testing and voting data is published online at This isn't a popularity contest. When we declare a winner, we've got hundreds of thousands of data points, collected during thousands of man-hours of controlled test-drives, to back it up."

Here are the category finalists. Place your bets!

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 1.8TSI 

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