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AJAC Announces 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Finalists

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announces finalists in twelve categories.

  • Three finalists in each of 12 vehicle categories have been announced.
  • More than 1,200 ballots were entered over nearly a year’s time.
  • New AJAC CCOTY and CUVOTY means previous year winners are eligible.

AJAC’s new CCOTY and CUVOTY program includes winners from previous years which means that the true cars and utility vehicles of the year are awarded even though they may not be entirely new. As well, ballots are open nearly year round so they are entered following week-long test drives, first drive launch events as well as drive events.

Winners in each category will be announced on January 16, 2020, at the Montreal International Auto Show. Overall winners be known on February 13, 2020 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Here are the finalists, along with our predictions or favorites:

2020 Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year Category Finalists:


Best Small Car in Canada for 2020:

Kia Forte/Forte5 (2019 category winner)

Kia Soul

Mazda Mazda3 (MI)


Best Large Car in Canada for 2020:

Kia Stinger (2019 category winner and Canadian Car of the Year)

Subaru Legacy (MI)

Volkswagen Arteon


Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2020:

Acura ILX

Jaguar XE

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (MI)


Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2020:

Hyundai Veloster N (MI)

Toyota Supra

Volkswagen Jetta GLI


Best Premium Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2020:

Jaguar F-PACE SVR

Jaguar F-TYPE

Porsche 911 Carrera (MI)


Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:

Mazda CX-5 (2019 category winner)

Subaru Outback

Toyota RAV4 (MI – tie)


Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:

Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride

Mazda CX-9 (2019 category winner) (MI)


Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:

Lexus UX

Range Rover Evoque

Volvo XC40 (MI)


Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020:

Infiniti QX50 (2019 category winner)

Land Rover Discovery Sport (MI)

Porsche Cayenne


Best Pick-up in Canada for 2020:

Ford Ranger

Jeep Gladiator (MI)

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel


Best EV in Canada for 2020:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (2019 category winner)

Hyundai Kona Electric (MI)

Hyundai NEXO


Best Premium EV in Canada for 2020:

Jaguar I-PACE (2019 category winner and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year)

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered (MI)

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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