The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) just announced finalists for its three overall award categories: the Canadian Car of the Year, Utility Vehicle of the Year and Best New Design of the Year.
For Car of the Year, the finalists, all 2013 model years, are the Porsche Boxster, Honda Accord sedan and the Hyundai Elantra GT. In the utility category, only two finalists are competing: the Ford Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Finally, in the best new design category, the Porsche Boxster, Cadillac ATS and the Porsche 911 Carrera S will duke it out.
The Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 recently won the North American Car of the Year awards, although neither of them were nominated by the Canadian press for Car or Utility Vehicle of the Year, though the ATS could take home a win for best new design.
To determine the winners, over 80 journalists gather together for week at an event called test fest (shown above), where all of the cars are driven back to back on the same roads. In 2012, the Hyundai Elantra and the Touareg TDI took home the honors of best car and best utility vehicle.
Winners will be announced at the 2013 Toronto Auto Show on February 13, 2013. Click the hot links below to read AutoGuide.com’s reviews of the nominees.