With winners typically announced at the Toronto Auto Show, this year’s Car and Utility vehicle of the year awards presentation will take place in a different, still undetermined format, due to the ongoing pandemic.

After what has been a very challenging year for many, including for journalists and those working in the media sector, that these awards are still happening is impressive and a testament to the hard work of Canadian automotive journalists from coast to coast.

There were over 250 eligible vehicles for voting, including all brand new products, recently refreshed vehicles and previous year carry-overs. Out of those vehicles, the list was whittled down to eight finalists in 8 categories.

“Despite the many challenges presented throughout 2020, AJAC journalists rallied to submit ballots based on real-world test drives and produce this list of winners presented on Zone Auto today in collaboration with the Montreal International Auto Show,” said Stephanie Wallcraft, AJAC president. “AJAC counts dozens of Canada’s foremost automotive critics among its membership. In producing these results, our journalist members demonstrated fierce dedication to their craft, informing Canadian drivers of the vehicles worthy of their purchase consideration in 2021.”

Vehicle finalists for 2021 are:

Best Mid-Size Car in Canada for 2021

Mazda3 (repeat winner)

Best Large Car in Canada for 2021

Kia K5 

Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada for 2021

Genesis G80 

Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Subaru Crosstrek 

Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Nissan Rogue

Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Kia Telluride (repeat winner)

Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021

Genesis GV80 

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

Ram 1500

The Canadian Car and Utility winners will be presented in March with more details to follow shortly.

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