Elantra, Escape, Boxster honoured at AJAC Car of the Year awards
While the Honda Accord won the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year, voted by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, there were plenty of cars that also made the grade. Here are some of the nominees.
2013 Canadian Car of The Year
Hyundai Elantra GT: The GT replaces the Elantra Touring as the hatchback version of the sedan, based on a model known as the i30 overseas. The 1.8 L four-cylinder produces 148 horsepower and gets 7.8 L/100 km in the city and 5.3 L/100 km on the highway.
It comes with a six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is optional), four-wheel disc brakes and driver-selectable steering in sport, normal and comfort modes.
Safety features include front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, six roof-mounted side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, keyless entry and an alarm system.
Inside, standard options include Bluetooth, USB inputs, six speakers, power windows and door locks, heated front seats and steering-wheel audio and cruise controls.
Outside, it features 16-inch steel wheels, a glossy black front air intake, heated power mirrors and a roof-mounted XM antenna.
Base price is $19,680.
Porsche Boxster: The Boxster comes with a 2.7 L flat-six engine with direct fuel injection, which generates 265 hp and 206 lb.-ft. of torque. The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4 L flat-six engine, which produces 315 hp and 266 lb.-ft.
The electromechanical steering system uses energy only when the wheel is turned, reducing fuel consumption and eliminating the need for hydraulic fluid.
Both models are equipped with four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers at the front and rear for fast and sensitive braking.
The audio system is accessed by touchscreen, and an optional Bose surround-sound system has eight amplifier channels, 10 speakers and a total output of 445 watts.
Base price is $56,500.
2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year:
Ford Escape: The 1.6 L EcoBoost engine uses direct gas injection for optimal performance and emissions, with increased low-end responsiveness and reduced turbo lag.
It produces 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and is rated at 6.0 L/100 km on the highway, which Ford says is the best in its class.
The car features dual chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, an invisible keyless entry keypad, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, satellite radio and heated front seats.
Options include a hands-free lift gate, active park assist and 19-inch wheels.
Base price is $21,499.
Best New Design
Cadillac ATS: The 2013 Cadillac ATS is the first General Motors midsize sedan to be built on the automaker’s Alpha rear-wheel-drive platform as it aims to compete against sports sedans built by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.It has three direct-injection engine options; the 2.0 L turbo rated at 272 hp, a 3.6 L V6 boasting 321 hp, and the 202-hp 2.5 L engine with a highway fuel consumption of 6.0 L/100 km.
There are two drive choices, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, and ATS also offers an adaptive forward lighting option, which monitors speed and steering angles and swivels HID headlights to adjust to the path of travel.
Hi-tech touches include the CUE (which stands for Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system that connects the driver with the devices and media through a touch screen, steering wheel controls and voice activation.
The base price is $37,704.