(WINDSOR, ON) – A short list has been released by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada in the run-up to this year’s naming of the nation’s best car and best utility vehicle, as judged by journalists who primarily cover the auto industry.
In total, six vehicles made the short list. Only two will win.
One could be the made-in-Windsor Chrysler Pacifica. The two winners will be announced at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 15.
This year, voting was expanded to include all new vehicles available to Canadian buyers, not just those new to the market. For the first time, nearly 100 of AJAC’s voting journalists were able to directly score vehicles against their competition, whether they were all-new for 2018 or returning popular models.
Almost 3,000 ballots were cast on 182 vehicles.
The three cars and three utility vehicles were chosen in a separate, second round of voting by AJAC journalists from 14 vehicles earlier named best in their segments at the Montreal Auto Show. Simplicity dominated the voting process.
AJAC members were asked which of the segment-winning vehicles they’d driven and experienced most deserved to be named the best. In the car category the finalists are the Honda Accord, best large car, Mazda 3 best small car, and Volvo S90/V90, best large premium car.
It is on the utility vehicle front where the Chrysler Pacifica got the nod. It has already been acknowledged as the best minivan in the country. Now, it must duke it out against Mazda’s CX-5, best small utility vehicle, and another Mazda, the CX-9, best large utility vehicle.
All six will be on stage at 8:15am on February 15 during Media Day at the AutoShow. Until the envelopes containing the winners are opened, the results are a closely guarded secret, known only to a public auditing firm.