The Civic beat out two finalists which were both Volkswagens, the Golf R and Golf SportWagen, to earn the top prize. The CX-3 managed to get the edge over the Volvo XC90 and the Kia Sportage.
To choose the winners, AJAC gathers over 70 journalists each fall to test drive every new vehicle back-to-back and then score them. The process generates 106,405 data points, which are offered to the public as a resource for new car buying.
Honda’s new Civic comes with fresh engines, a reworked interior and an all-new look that has made it popular, winning both the AutoGuide.com Car of the Year and the North American Car of the Year.
The CX-3 is all-new for 2016, getting Mazda into the growing world of subcompact crossovers.
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