• Dec 6, 2007

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



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      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah what was the best new CUV under 35k canadian then?

        • 7 Years Ago
        How about the Saturn Outlook. Heck the tarted up version (Buick Enclave) of the outlook won the $60K plus category. so I would think the plain model would be a shoe in under $35K.

        Also did anyone notice that due to some brain deficiency they had the Outlook in the Under $35K category, but had the cheaper Vue in the $35-60K category?? How strange is that. This makes already dubious awards seem rather ridiculous.

        FWIW, I think the Rogue is an exercise in trying to make the blandest vehicle on the market. The body doesn't have a crease, an edge or styling feature anywhere. It looks like they took a real car and melted it. Not to mention it includes a soul sucking CVT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Nissan Rogue seems like a fine choice for me. It has style (in my eyes) and the interior is quite decent (especially for a Nissan). Sure, the CVT sucks for any kind of fun driving, but under normal situations it does fine. And the fuel economy isn't bad either. Plus this thing looks 100 times better than the Sentra that its based on...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Welcome to 5 years ago. Seriously, it's one thing to turn the perception of a the reliability of a brand around, but Nissan has been making quality interiors for the last few years now. At least on par with everything else out there
      • 7 Years Ago
      his one is hosted by the grandiosely self-titled Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), aka the Fraternal Order of Automotive Junketeers, and paid for by the manufacturers. Several years ago General Motors and others balked at paying thousands of dollars for a week-long party and booze-up and boycotted the proceedings. The journalists' reaction was predictable and continued until the manufacturers capitulated.

      The prime failing is restricting the selection criteria to new or substantially changed cars which, coincidentally, also have the largest marketing budgets. That means many stellar cars were not even in the running.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont know, I agree with the decision on Nissan Rogue.. I know a lot of people disagree but I kinda like the Rogue.

      However, I do think it needs a new grille.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awards in general are usually BS, if I'm shopping I'm looking for comparative reviews, not trophies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares about best "new" awards. I care about best in category, not the best of two new models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow what happened to the Subaru Impreza. I thought it would win for sure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the AJAC is a bit biassed because who in there right mind would ever buy a Saturn 1st of all other then someone who has had there head in the sand for the last 10 yrs. Saturn over an Impreza common lets get real!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You, my friend, have had your head in the sand for the past ten years...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Gavin,

        You stole my line :)

        to the original poster herb, seriously get your head out of the sand, get away from the marijuna or whatever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gavin I work in the auto industry and have for the last 5 yrs and I can tell you Saturn is just more north american JUNK with no resale! In fact I even worked next door to a saturn dealer once, and was friends with alot of the ppl who work there, and they even admitted they think there product sucks. Now I know they are trying to bring their image up and go upscale, too little too late! Its still a GM!! I cant wait for the day GM goes banko. They havent made a vehicle that anyone would want in 10 yrs. The only they have going for themselves is they have trucks but watch the japanese take that from them to, 3 more yrs or so and you will see it
        • 7 Years Ago
        I happen to be a Saturn salesperson and have been for the past four years. Granted, we had no competitive product for years before the Sky, Aura, Outlook and new Vue appeared, but my respect for the US auto industry (& I'm from the UK) and my own salary has improved dramatically over the past two years...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Firstly the image above is pure class. Good on audi for getting this award. We have just a couple down here in NZL and I have been in one, can see why this car is a success!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Audiblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Canadians drive smaller and more efficient vehicles and less stupid gas guzzling SUVs (at least in Quebec). Its probably due to higher gas prices, higher taxes and higher vehicle prices--but hey--the net result is less SUV crap on the highways. They have the 5DR Yaris--they should bring it over here instead of the ugly sedan, even though the Yaris is pretty average driveability wise.
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