After polling our contributors for category winner predictions, this is who came out on top

AJAC’s annual TestFest event pits the newest cars on the market against each other to see what models come out on top in their respective segments. We sent the list of eligible vehicles for 2015 to our contributors to predict which models would come out on top.

The prize? Bragging rights. And a picture of a juicy hamburger (the couch had limited change this year).

Without further ado, here are AJAC’s 2015 Best New Vehicles…

AJAC 2015 Best New Vehicles
Best New City Car Kia Soul EV

Runner-up: smart fortwo electric drive

Best New Small Car (under $21,000) Honda Fit

Runner-up: Nissan Micra SV

Best New Small Car (over $21,000) Volkswagen Golf

Runners-up: Kia Forte5, MINI Cooper

Best New Family Car (under $30,000) Subaru Legacy

Runners-up: Chrysler 200, Toyota Camry

Best New Family Car (over $30,000) Hyundai Sonata

Runners-up: Subaru WRX, Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best New Luxury Car (under $50,000) Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Runners-up: Acura TLX, Volvo V60

Best New Luxury Car (over $50,000) Hyundai Genesis

Runners-up: Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, Cadillac ATS Coupe

Best New Sports/Performance (under $50,000) BMW M235i

Runners-up: Ford Mustang EcoBoost, Subaru WRX STI

Best New Sports/Performance (over $50,000) Volvo V60 Polestar

Runners-up: Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Ford Mustang GT

Best New Prestige Car (over $75,000) Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

Runners-up: Cadillac ELR, Cadillac Escalade

Best New Prestige/Performance Car (over $75,000) Porsche 911 Turbo S

Runners-up: BMW M4 Coupé, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000) Subaru Outback

Runners-up: Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue

Best New SUV/CUV (between $35,000 and $60,000) Toyota Highlander

Runners-up: Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Best New SUV/CUV (over $60,000) Porsche Macan S

Runners-up: GMC Yukon XL Denali, Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

Best New Pickup Ford F-150

Runners-up: Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

And here is the (much more important) list of predictors and their scores…

Winning our first ever AJAC Best New Prediction Pool is a tie between…

*drum roll*

Jonathan Yarkony and Jeff Wilson! With both chaps scoring 12 out of 15 correct predictions, they will share their first place prize of a photo of a burger printed off and ripped in half.

Second place goes to Haney Louka (10 out of 15) who was the first — and one of the few — to predict the Volvo V60 Polestar would take home a performance award with a wagon.

Third place is a three way tie between Jacob Black, Simon Hill, and yours truly (Mark Stevenson) with 9 out of 15 correct predictions.

Fourth place is also a three way tie between Lesley Wimbush, Michael Bettencourt, and Benjamin Hunting with 8 out of 15.

And, dead last, and being awarded a picture of an empty plate that once held food, Dan Heyman, with 7 correct predictions.

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