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Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Finalists Announced

Every year, the top automotive journalists in Canada gather to vote on the Canadian Car of the Year, as well as the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year as awarded by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). In a typical year, 70-100 journalists gather in Bowmanville, ON at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to drive the newest vehicles as part of TestFest. This year, however, AJAC had to pivot — please pardon the use of this much-maligned term — and all votes were tabulated off-site, throughout the year as journalists drove the vehicles in their respective markets. It’s a testament to how committed this group is that even though we weren’t able to attend TestFest, we drove enough cars to be able to award a winner, as a certain amount of votes — a quorum — is required in order to do so. What follows below is a list of the finalists in their respective categories:

Best Mid-Size Car in Canada for 2021

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2020 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan Sentra

Toyota Corolla

Best Large Car in Canada for 2021

Hyundai Sonata

Kia K5

Toyota Camry

Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada for 2021

Cadillac CT5

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2020 Kia Seltos

Genesis G70

Genesis G80

Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021 

Kia Seltos

Mazda CX-30

Subaru Crosstrek

Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Mazda CX-5

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2020 Land Rover Defender

Nissan Rogue

Toyota Venza

Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Chevrolet Tahoe

GMC Yukon

Kia Telluride

Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Genesis GV80

Land Rover Defender

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2020 Ram 1500

Lincoln Corsair

Best Full-Size Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2021

Chevrolet Silverado

Nissan Titan

Ram 1500

Winners will be announced in conjunction with the Canadian International Auto Show later this year. Stay tuned!