Honda Civic is AJAC Car of the Year while Mazda CX-3 wins for SUVs
Honda Civic and Mazda CX-3 win 2016 AJAC awards (Photo: Nadine Filion/Autofocus.ca)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:51PM EST
The 2016 Honda Civic was named the Canadian Car of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto February 11, and the Mazda CX-3 the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, as judged by the members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
The tenth-generation Civic, built in Alliston, Ontario, beat out the Volkswagen Golf R and Golf Sportwagon for the title, likely due in part to the fact AJAC’s scoring sheet includes a field for “market significance,” and the Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car for the last 18 consecutive years.
The Mazda CX-3 faced competition from the Kia Sorento and Volvo XC90 but ended up seizing the best Canadian utility crown; the vehicle was also the winner of the Best New SUV-Crossover Under $35,000.
The AJAC vehicle-of-the-year awards are selected based on testing by roughly 70 automotive journalists from across the country; these members of the association meet at an annual “TestFest” event where every eligible car is tested back-to-back. The subjective scores awarded by each journalist are combined with objective measures like fuel economy and price factor; those results are tabulated and broken down into category winners. The Canadian car and utility vehicles of the year are then selected from those winners.