Every year the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) pick the top new vehicles by category to give their Canadian comrades a reference point for potential purchases. The AJAC tested 177 vehicles in an event at Niagra they call "Test Fest" to come up with their final list, which you can find after the jump.
Even though Canadians have different automotive tastes than us Yanks, they seem to like many of the same cars we do. The AJAC picked the Audi R8 as its "Most Coveted Vehicle", the Honda Accord was honored as best family car, and the Audi S5 took honors for best sports car over $50,000, all of which are fine picks with us. We do, however, question the Nissan Rogue as Best New SUV/CUV under $35,000. It's also interesting to note that no Toyotas made the final list of 12, and GM was the only U.S. domestic to hit the list, impressively taking four categories.
[Source: Auto North]
Best new small car: Saturn Astra
Best new family car: Honda Accord EX Sedan
Best new luxury car: Mercedes-Benz C Class
Best new prestige car: (over $75,000): Audi R8
Best new sports/performance car under $50,000: MINI Cooper S
Best new sports/performance car over $50,000: Audi S5
Best new convertible: BMW 335i Cabriolet
Best new minivan: Hyundai Entourage
Best new pickup truck: Chevrolet Silverado
Best new SUV/CUV under $35,000: Nissan Rogue
Best new SUV/CUV $35,000 - $60,000: Saturn Vue
Best new SUV/CUV over $60,000: Buick Enclave