There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new vehicle: reliability, fuel efficiency, your budget, and auto insurance rates to name just a few. But how do you know if you’re buying a “good” car—one that you’ll enjoy driving for years to come? If you’re buying a new vehicle, you’re likely going to hold onto it for five to nine years, but chances are you’ll only test drive a few models before buying. For this reason, many buyers, in the course of their research, turn to the people whose job it is to evaluate cars on a regular basis.
Every year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) selects the “Best New” vehicles that they feel are best in class in their category. From this list, they then pick the Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
In the running for this year’s top honours were the following “Best New” category winners:
Best City Car
Best Small Car
Best Large Car
Best Small Premium Car
Best Large Premium Car
Volvo S90 / V90
Best Sports-Performance Car
Volkswagen Golf R
Best Premium Sports-Performance Car
Best Small Utility Vehicle
Best Large Utility Vehicle
Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle
Range Rover Velar
Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle
Best Pickup Truck
The 14 category winners above are not selected based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, the winners are determined based on the votes of almost 100 automotive journalists who, over the course of the last year, assessed and scored the vehicles on factors like performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money.
Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year: Winners
To select the winners for Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, a second round of voting takes place that takes into consideration qualities like comfort and convenience. This year, AJAC selected the Honda Accord as its Canadian Car of the Year, while the Chrysler Pacifica claimed top honours for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
“We’re thrilled to declare the Honda Accord to be the Canadian Car of the Year for 2018, and the Chrysler Pacifica to be the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. “They’re both deserving of being considered the very best vehicles you can buy in 2018.”
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Article updated annually to reflect the most current winners.