SUV/CUV ($35,000-$60,000)

A diverse field will hug it out in a group that pits compacts like the Hyundai Tucson and the upscale BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200t against mid-sizers from Ford (Edge), Honda (Pilot), and Kia (Sorento). The outlier is a fuel cell electric version of the Tucson that’s based on the previous-generation platform.

Jacob, Tom, Jeff, Michael, Justin, and Jonathan all choose the Pilot here, while Paul and Peter stand closer to the Edge. I and Greg think the Tucson is going to take this one.

SUV/CUV (over $60,000)

The Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, and Volvo XC90 will try to out-coddle test drivers in the big-bucks crossover category.

All but one of us think the Volvo XC90 is the winner of this group, while Greg thinks the Cayenne is hottest among this group. That leaves Paul lonely as a Lincoln salesman trying to convince people the MKX is worth the extra cash over the too-similar Ford Edge.


Finally, the full-size Chevrolet Silverado lines up against the mid-size GMC Canyon diesel, and Toyota Tacoma.

The vote here is likewise almost unanimous: seven of us think the GMC Canyon’s addition of a diesel option will put it over the top, Justin wants the Taco to win, while Greg and Michael Bettencourt figure the big Silverado will walk all over the smaller trucks.

Testfest kicks off Tuesday, October 27, and wraps on Friday, October 30. Category winners will be announced by the end of November, and overall Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year winners will be announced in February, at Toronto’s Canadian International Auto Show, and we’ll have the results for you as soon as they’re made public.

A person takes a photo of the Fiat Abarth at The 2013 Canadian Car of the Year Awards TestFest event in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Monday, October 22, 2012.

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