Hyundai’s Santa Fe takes award for best utility vehicle.
TORONTO—Honda’s Accord sedan has been named the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
The Accord beat out the Porsche Boxster and the Hyundai Elantra GT to take the top prize at the annual awards ceremony that opens the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.
The Accord was also the winner of the “Best New Family Car (under $30,000) class. Eleven “Best New” category winners were eligible to compete for the top honours of being either overall Canadian Car of the Year or Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The category winners were announced last October during the association’s annual vehicle evaluation event known as “TestFest.”
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T took home the award for best Canadian Utility Vehicles. The popular SUV was also the winner of the “Best New SUV / CUV ($35,000 – $60,000) class”.
Eighty of Canada’s top automotive journalists spent four days in Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of 180 “all new” or “significantly new” 2013 vehicles. Their vote results were determined from more than 40,000 individual data points established in a testing program.