Annual car awards. Where would we be without them? In many cases, we’d probably be better off. In the case of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada though, the car buyer’s world is an easier place thanks to a testing process that has taken years to perfect. Every aspect of a vehicle is reviewed, from inside out. On road performance and when warranted, off road or on track performance are compared.
The 2009 edition has just wrapped up in the rainy Niagara region of Ontario and the category winners have been announced. The overall winner will not be revealed until the Toronto Autoshow in February.
Until then, we’ll have to be satisfied in knowing that some pretty worthy machines have won their respective categories.
Best New Small Car under $21,000: Mazda 3
Best New Small Car over $21,000: Mazda 3 Sport
Best New Family Car under $30,000: VW Golf Wagon
Best New Family Car Over $30,000: Ford Taurus
Best New Luxury Car Over $50,000: BMW 335d
Best New Prestige Car over $75,000: Porsche Panamera Turbo
Best New Sports / Performance Over $50,000: Audi S4
Best New Convertible: Audi A5
Best New Sports / Performance Under $50,000: VW GTI
Best New SUV / CUV under $35,000: Subaru Outback
Best New SUV / CUV $35,000 to $60,000: VW Touareg TDI Clean Diesel
Best New SUV / CUV over $60,000: Lexus RX450h
It is worthy to note that the VW/Audi/Porsche group have won an outstanding 6 out of 12 categories! That said, each of the winners are truly outstanding within their class and are remarkable vehicles. Believe it or not, I actually agree with all of them!