Jury of over 20 automotive journalists select finalists for Canada's most in-depth automotive awards
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2020 /CNW/ - The finalists for the 2021 autoTRADER.ca Awards, Canada's foremost expert-led automotive awards, were announced today. The awards recognize vehicles for their value, innovation, performance, comfort, technology and ultimate desirability.
As a trusted source for consumer automotive research needs, autoTRADER.ca approaches awards from the perspective of a car buyer. Canadian auto awards are typically limited to feature models that have been redesigned that year, while the autoTRADER.ca Awards consider every new vehicle available on the market, capturing the most in-depth selection of vehicles available to Canadians in 2021. When it comes to what separates a good car from an "award-winning car", the standout vehicles for autoTRADER.ca are models the jury tested extensively and would, without a doubt, recommend to Canadians.
To identify the finalists for the 2021 awards, over 20 expert automotive journalists evaluated and tested more than 350 vehicles before voting for the top contenders in each category. This year, the autoTRADER.ca Awards will celebrate vehicles from 22 categories, including three Best Overall picks starting February 1, 2021.
"We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2021 autoTRADER.ca Awards," says Jodi Lai, editor-in-chief, autoTRADER.ca. "The awards are designed to help Canadians make confident and informed decisions when they look to buy their next vehicle. That's why we take great pride in the comprehensive analysis that goes into selecting the best vehicles Canadians can trust."
The jury, many of whom also sit on judging panels for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) and World Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (WCOTY), will evaluate finalists against 12 specific criteria. Criteria include overall excellence, value, innovation, technology and features, user-friendliness, performance, engineering excellence, driver satisfaction, design, safety, quality and efficiency - weighted according to the segment of the vehicle being awarded.
The list of the top finalists in each category are as follows:
2021 autoTRADER.ca Awards Finalists
Subcompact Car2021 Chevrolet Bolt2021 Chevrolet Spark2021 Kia Rio/Rio 5-Door2021 Mini Cooper 3-Door/5-Door2021 Nissan Versa
Compact Car2021 Mazda3/3 Sport2021 Toyota Corolla/Corolla Hatchback2021 Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback2021 Hyundai Elantra2021 Volkswagen Golf
Family Sedan2021 Honda Accord2021 Toyota Camry2021 Hyundai Sonata2021 Subaru Legacy2021 Mazda6
Wagon2021 Volvo V60/V60 Cross Country2021 Mercedes C-Class Wagon2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo2021 Mercedes E-Class Wagon2021 Audi A6 Allroad/RS 6 Avant
Compact Luxury Car2021 Genesis G702021 BMW 3 Series/4 Series2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2021 Audi A42021 Acura TLX
Large Luxury Car2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2021 Porsche Panamera2021 BMW 5 Series2021 Genesis G802021 Genesis G90
Performance Car Under $50,0002021 Mazda MX-52021 Ford Mustang2021 Hyundai Veloster N2021 Honda Civic Si/Civic Type R2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Performance Car Over $50,0002021 Chevrolet Corvette2021 Porsche 9112021 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman2021 Toyota GR Supra2021 Mercedes-AMG GT2021 Jaguar F-Type
SUVs & Minivans
Subcompact SUV2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer2021 Hyundai Kona2021 Kia Seltos2021 Mazda CX-302021 Subaru Crosstrek
2-Row SUV2021 Honda CR-V2021 Hyundai Santa Fe2021 Mazda CX-52021 Subaru Outback2021 Toyota RAV4
3-Row SUV2021 Kia Telluride2021 Hyundai Palisade2021 Toyota Highlander2021 Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon 2021 Subaru Ascent
Luxury Subcompact SUV2021 Volvo XC402021 Mercedes-Benz GLA2021 Lexus NX2021 Audi Q32021 BMW X2
Luxury 2-Row SUV2021 Audi Q52021 BMW X3/X4 2021 BMW X5/X6 2021 Lexus RX2021 Porsche Macan2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC2021 Volvo XC60
Luxury 3-Row SUV2021 BMW X72021 Cadillac Escalade2021 Genesis GV802021 Lincoln Aviator2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Minivan2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan/Pacifica 2021 Honda Odyssey2021 Kia Sedona2021 Toyota Sienna
Mid-Size Truck2021 Toyota Tacoma2021 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon 2021 Honda Ridgeline2021 Jeep Gladiator2021 Ford Ranger
Full-Size Truck2021 Ram 15002021 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2021 Ford F-1502021 Toyota Tundra
Green Vehicle Under $50,0002021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/RAV4 Prime2021 Kia Soul EV2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV2021 Hyundai Kona Electric2021 Nissan Leaf
Green Vehicle Over $50,0002021 Porsche Taycan2021 Audi e-tron2021 Polestar 22021 Ford Mustang Mach-E2021 Jaguar I-Pace
To learn more about category finalists and the award evaluation process including breakdown of the criteria on what makes a winning car, visit autoTRADER.ca/Awards .
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