The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has announced its finalists for Canadian Car of the Year, with two out of the three spots going to Mazda.
Both the Mazda6 and Mazda3 make the finals, alongside the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Each of these cars had to win their respective classes to be named as a finalist, with the Mazda3 taking the best new small car under and over $21,000, the Mazda6 being named best new family car under $30,000, and the Corvette taking the honor of best new sports/performance car over $50,000.
These cars beat out other category winners such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Kia Soul, Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS.
As for utility vehicles, the three finalists for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year are the Acura MDX, the Jeep Cherokee and the Kia Sorento. The MDX won in the best SUV under $35,000 category while the MDX took top honors as the best new SUV over $60,000. The Cherokee beat out both the Toyota Rav4 and Subaru Forester for its title as best new CUV/SUV under $35,000.
To pick the car of the year, 80 Canadian auto journalists gather ever year for an event known as ‘Test Fest,’ where each car is tested back-to-back against its rivals. Judges are asked to score each car in a number of categories, and the decision comes from points awarded.