AJAC declares finalists for ‘car of the year’

The top three car, SUV, and pickup finalists in twelve categories were announced Tuesday by the Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada, better known as AJAC.  The results were tabulated by KPMG, the accounting firm that works with the association and its Canadian Car of the Year awards.

The evaluations — the result of five days of testing in October by auto writers from across the country — are combined to select a winner in each of the twelve categories. Those winners will be declared December 3. Each category winner then goes on to compete for the top honour of being either the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year, or the 2014 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, which will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show on February 13, 2014.

Here are the results:

Small Car (under $21k)
Nissan Versa Note
Toyota Corolla 1.8

Small Car (over $21k)
Ford Fiesta ST
Kia Forte Sedan
Mazda3 Sport

Family Car (under $30k)
Fiat 500L
Kia Rondo
Kia Soul

Family Car (over $30k)
Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Honda Accord Hybrid

Luxury Car (under $50k)
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS 350 RWD
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Luxury Car (over $50k)
Acura RLX
Cadillac CTS
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

Sports/Performance (over $50k)
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Porsche Cayman

Prestige Car (over $75k)
Cadillac XTS
Jaguar XJ XJR
Mercedes-Benz S Class

SUV/CUV (under $35k)
Jeep Cherokee
Subaru Forester XT Touring
Toyota RAV4 AWD Limited

SUV/CUV ($35k to $60k)
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
Kia Sorento
Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC

SUV/CUV (over $60k)
Acura MDX
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

Chevrolet Silverado
GMC Sierra
Ram 1500

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