The Honda Civic was named the 2016 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year at the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, while the Mazda CX-3 was crowned the AJAC 2016 Canadian Truck/ Utility of the Year.
The Honda Civic had previously triumphed as AJAC’s 2016 Best New Small Car, while the Mazda CX-3 had won in its Best New SUV/ CUV Under $35,000 category. Honda’s popular four-door compact sedan, the best-selling non-truck in Canada for 18 years and counting, beat out other AJAC car segment winners such as the Volkswagen Golf R and Golf Sportwagon, plus a pricier pair of Mercedes-AMG performance machines, in the GT S two-seater and the C 63 S sport sedan.
The Mazda CX-3 won over the Volvo XC90 and Kia Sorento SUVs, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
It’s important to remember that for logistical reasons, not every compact crossover or sedan is tested each year at TestFest, but only those that are all-new or largely new for that year.
Also new this year, a number of manufacturers didn’t participate that usually do, including Nissan, Infiniti, Jaguar and Land Rover, as well as usual non-participants Audi and Tesla.
However, AJAC does collect and publish detailed data from each year’s competitions on its website www.ajac.ca, making its results a valuable information resource for consumers, year after year.