After a rigorous testing process and almost a year of deliberation the 2018 Honda Accord is named Canadian car of the year. Alongside the Accord the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was also named the 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’ve both been decided through the most rigorous system of testing possible by AJAC’s automotive professionals. They’re both deserving of being considered the very best vehicles you can buy in 2018.”
AJAC voting members were tasked with evaluating and testing each car under real world conditions. Many factors were taken into consideration. Fuel economy, manoeuvrability, value for the money, design and technology to name a few.
“Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more relevant for today’s car buyers,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. “Our journalists are all experts in their automotive fields, and I’m very proud of their ability to help people decide on the best new vehicles to buy in 2018.”
The vehicles were also scored on subjective qualities like ride comfort, handling and how easy the vehicle is to live with day to day.
Receivng the award for Honda, senior vice-president of Sales and Marketing at Honda Canada said “We’re honoured and humbled to receive this recognition from a group of respected automotive journalists in Canada.”
Likewise Reid Bigland, president and CEO of FCA Canada, thrilled to receive this accolade was extra proud of the win for North America. “There’s an extra air of significance, when one of our homegrown products wins a domestic award.”
The finalists that won were selected from a group of 14 category winners announced earlier this year. Those winners were:
Best City Car in Canada For 2018 – Volkswagen e-Golf
Best Small Car in Canada For 2018 – Mazda3
Best Large Car in Canada For 2018 – Honda Accord
Best Small Premium Car in Canada For 2018 – Jaguar XE
Best Large Premium Car in Canada For 2018 – Volvo S90 / V90
Best Sports – Performance Car in Canada For 2018 – Volkswagen Golf R
Best Premium Sports – Performance Car in Canada For 2018 – Jaguar F-Type
Best Convertible in Canada For 2018 – Mercedes-Benz SL
Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada For 2018 – Mazda CX-5
Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada For 2018 – Mazda CX-9
Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada For 2018 – Range Rover Velar
Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada For 2018 – Acura MDX
Best Minivan in Canada For 2018 – Chrysler Pacifica
Best Pick-Up Truck in Canada For 2018 – Ram 1500
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