Twelve new vehicles were singled out by The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) yesterday, as they released the names of the vehicles selected as the best in Canada for 2023. The segments includes cars, utility vehicles, pick-up trucks and EVs.
“AJAC journalists submitted more than 1,700 ballots based on real-world test drives and produced this list of winners presented today in collaboration with the Montreal International Auto Show, ” said Michel Crépault, AJAC president. “In producing these results, our journalist members demonstrated fierce dedication to their craft, informing Canadian drivers of the vehicles worthy of their purchase consideration in 2023.”
The 11 winning OEMs move one step closer to winning the ultimate accolades of 2023 Canadian Car of the Year and 2023 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Hyundai is the only automaker to take home two category wins this year, with the Elantra N and IONIQ 5 representing two strong offerings in internal combustion performance and electric power. The Kia Telluride is the winner in its category for the third time as is the Mazda3. Genesis is no stranger to the Canadian Car of the Year awards, capturing three category wins last year. This year the G90 makes it four Genesis models to win their respective categories in the last two years.
More than 250 vehicles were eligible for evaluation and voting in this year’s awards, including all on-sale vehicles: those newly designed, recently refreshed, and carried over from the previous year were all eligible upon receiving a minimum number of ballots submitted by AJAC journalists.
All 12 of these vehicles now qualify to be named 2023 Canadian Car of the Year or 2023 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. These awards will be presented at the Canadian International Auto Show on Thursday February 16, 2023.
2023 Canadian Car of the Year Category Winners are:
Best Small Car in Canada for 2023
Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2023
Best Sports Performance Car in Canada for 2023
Hyundai Elantra N
Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Toyota Corolla Cross
Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Best Mid-Size Premium Utility in Canada for 2023
Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Best Small Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023
Best Large Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023
Best EV in Canada for 2023
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Best Premium EV in Canada for 2023