The Automobile Journalists' Association of Canada has named the Honda Civic Sedan their 2016 Canadian Car of the year, and the Mazda CX-3 has been named Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year.
The Honda Civic won the voting against the finalists Volkswagen Golf R and Golf Sportswagon, while the Mazda CX-3 beat out the Kia Sorento and Volvo XC90.
2016 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year Mazda CX-3
Journalists from across Canada meet yearly at the AJAC TestFest in late October to evaluate all eligible vehicles in back-to-back testing. This includes public road, real-world driving as well as track and instrumented testing.
Vehicles are rated on a 0-10 scale in 21 categories, including acceleration, braking, dynamics, and handling as well as safety features and cargo capacity.
In addition to Car and Utility vehicle of the year, class winners are picked for nine other classes, including best new small car, family car, sports and performance, SUV/CUV and pickup.