The Honda Accord Sedan has been named 2013 Canadian Car of The Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), beating the Porsche Boxster and the Hyundai Elantra for top prize.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T has been named AJAC's 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of The Year, after winning the "Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000 - $60,000) category at AJAC's test fest last October.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S was named the Best New Design for 2013, beating rivals Cadillac ATS and the Porsche Boxster.
Additionally, General Motors' Front Centre Airbag won the Best New Technology award.
Last October, more than 80 automotive journalist from across the country – including Globe Drive's Bob English, Ted Laturnus, Richard Russell, Michael Bettencourt and Dan Proudfoot – put 60 new models through their paces at AJAC's annual TestFest, picking the top vehicle in 11 categories. From those, AJAC members chose the top car and utility vehicle for 2013.
The 2013 category winners
Best New City Car: Ford Focus EV
Best New Small Car (under $21,000): Mazda3 SkyActiv Sedan
Best New Small Car (over $21,000): Hyundai Elantra GT
Best New Family Car (under $30,000): Honda Accord Sedan
Best New Family Car (over $30,000): Ford Fusion Hybrid
Best New Luxury Car: Cadillac ATS
Best New Prestige And Performance Car (over $75,000): Porsche 911 Carrera S
Best New Sports/performance Car (under $50,000): Ford Focus ST
Best New Sports/performance Car (over $50,000): Porsche Boxster
Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000): Ford Escape 1.6L EcoBoost
Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000-$60,000): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0.T