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AJAC Hands out Awards for Best Vehicles of 2018

Kicking off the 2018 Montreal International Auto Show, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the finalists for the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

"Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more relevant for today's car buyers. 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."

- AJAC President Mark Richardson

AJAC no longer considers only new or significantly revised models, but rather all the vehicles available on the Canadian market. Category winners were chosen by nearly 100 voting members, who assessed the vehicles throughout the year by driving them and testing them in a variety of conditions. They were scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money.

Here is the list of the best vehicles of 2018 according to AJAC (with links to reviews and articles on Auto123.com):

BEST CITY CAR
Volkswagen e-Golf

BEST SMALL CAR
Mazda3

BEST LARGE CAR
Honda Accord

BEST SMALL PREMIUM CAR
Jaguar XE

BEST LARGE PREMIUM CAR
Volvo S90 / V90

BEST SPORTS - PERFORMANCE CAR
Volkswagen Golf R

BEST PREMIUM SPORTS - PERFORMANCE CAR
Jaguar F-TYPE

BEST CONVERTIBLE
Mercedes-Benz SL

BEST SMALL UTILITY VEHICLE
Mazda CX-5

BEST LARGE UTILITY VEHICLE
Mazda CX-9

BEST SMALL PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE
Range Rover Velar

BEST LARGE PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE 
Acura MDX

BEST MINIVAN
Chrysler Pacifica

BEST PICK-UP TRUCK
Ram 1500

These category winners will now compete for the overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, to be handed at the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next month.

In the meantime, compare AJAC’s choices with our own Auto123.com Awards!