Plus, bonus predictions!

Today, automotive journalists from all over Canada will convene in Niagara Falls for TestFest, an annual testing event that decides the winner of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada “Canadian Car of the Year” award and other honours.

AJAC states “the rigorous testing program includes ‘real world’ driving on public roads – exactly where consumers drive – so that the test, and vote, results are relevant to potential car and truck buyers.”

Over the next week, the following vehicles will be evaluated in multiple categories:

City Car: smart fortwo electric drive, Kia Soul EV
Small Car (under $21,000): Honda Fit, Nissan Micra
Small Car (over $21,000): Kia Forte5, MINI Cooper, Volkswagen Golf
Family Car (under $30,000): Toyota Camry, Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy
Family Car (over $30,000): Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata, Subaru WRX
SUV – CUV (under $35,000): Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue SL AWD, Subaru Outback
SUV – CUV ($35,000-$60,000): Chevrolet Tahoe, Toyota Highlander AWD XLE, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC
SUV – CUV (over $60,000): GMC Yukon XL Denali, Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG 4MATIC, Porsche Macan S
Pickup: Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150, GMC Canyon, Ram 1500
Luxury Car (under $50,000): Acura TLX, Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC, Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E
Luxury Car (over $50,000): Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, Cadillac ATS Coupe, Hyundai Genesis, Kia K900
Sports – Performance (under $50,000): BMW M235i, Ford Mustang, Kia Forte Koup, Subaru STI, Volkswagen GTI
Sports – Performance (over $50,000): Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Volvo V60 Polestar
Prestige (over $75,000): Cadillac ELR, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe
Prestige – Performance (over $75,000): BMW M4 Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, Porsche 911 Turbo S


We all have our opinions and many of the Autos.ca team have already driven a selection of the vehicles at TestFest. So, we figured we would put together some predictions.

In the interest of clarity, these aren’t the vehicle we hope will win, but the vehicles we think will take each category.

Jonathan Yarkony

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Honda Fit (Fit)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C 300 4MATIC Sedan)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – Subaru WRX STI (Sport Package 6 speed manual)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Porsche 911 (Turbo S)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Subaru Outback 2.5i (Touring Package – with “Eyesight” Driver Assist)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Toyota Highlander (AWD XLE)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Jacob Black (not attending)

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Honda Fit (Fit)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Chrysler 200 (200)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Volvo V60 (T5 Drive-E)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – BMW M235i (M235i)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Honda CR-V (CR-V)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Toyota Highlander (AWD XLE)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG 4MATIC
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Mark Stevenson (not attending)

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Nissan Micra (SV)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Subaru WRX (WRX Sport Lineartronic – CVT)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C 300 4MATIC Sedan)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Cadillac ATS Coupe (ATS Coupe)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – BMW M235i (M235i)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Volvo V60 (T6 Polestar)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Porsche 911 (Turbo S)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Honda CR-V (CR-V)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Chevrolet Tahoe (Tahoe)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Simon Hill (not attending)

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Nissan Micra (SV)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Volvo V60 (T5 Drive-E)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – BMW M235i (M235i)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – BMW M4 (M4)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Subaru Outback 2.5i (Touring Package – with “Eyesight” Driver Assist)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Mercedes-Benz GLA (GLA 250 4MATIC)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Jeff Wilson

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Honda Fit (Fit)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C 300 4MATIC Sedan)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – BMW M235i (M235i)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Porsche 911 (Turbo S)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Honda CR-V (CR-V)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Toyota Highlander (AWD XLE)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Lesley Wimbush

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Nissan Micra (SV)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C 300 4MATIC Sedan)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Cadillac ATS Coupe (ATS Coupe)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – BMW M235i (M235i)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Porsche 911 (Turbo S)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Honda CR-V (CR-V)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Mercedes-Benz GLA (GLA 250 4MATIC)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – GMC Canyon (Canyon)

Michael Bettencourt (not attending)

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Honda Fit (Fit)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Kia Forte5 (LX+ Sunroof)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Acura TLX (TLX)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – Volkswagen Golf GTI (GTI)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – Jaguar F-TYPE (R Coupe)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Nissan Rogue (SL AWD + Premium Package)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Toyota Highlander (AWD XLE)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

Benjamin Hunting

CITY CAR – Kia Soul (EV)
SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Nissan Micra (SV)
SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Volkswagen Golf (1.8T Comfortline)
FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Toyota Camry (XSE)
FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Hyundai Sonata (Sonata)
LUXURY CAR (under $50k) – Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C 300 4MATIC Sedan)
LUXURY CAR (over $50k) – Hyundai Genesis (Genesis Sedan)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (under $50k) – Volkswagen Golf GTI (GTI)
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE (over $50k) – Ford Mustang (GT)
PRESTIGE (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S 550 Coupe)
PRESTIGE – PERFORMANCE (OVER $75k) – BMW M4 (M4)
SUV – CUV (under $35k) – Nissan Rogue (SL AWD + Premium Package)
SUV – CUV ($35k-$60k) – Mercedes-Benz GLA (GLA 250 4MATIC)
SUV – CUV (over $60k) – Porsche Macan (S)
PICKUP – Ford F-150 (F-150)

We will be adding more predictions as we receive them.

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