11 best new cars in Canada 2013

Every year the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather for a four-day new vehicle evaluation of over 180 models.

Their purpose? To select the best new vehicles in various categories as well as an overall Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year. A "Best New Technology" award and the "Best New Design" award are also chosen.

Three AJAC surveys have shown that consumers are powerfully influenced by a Canadian Car of the Year award win. In 1999, the influence on buyers of the Canadian Car of the Year was 45%. In 2002, that percentage rose to 47.5%. While in 2005, the survey confirmed an influence of 58.4%.AJAC’s annual TestFest roared to life last week as 60  new 2013 models were put through their paces to determine the best new vehicles in 11 categories.

From these 11 category winners, Automotive Journalists Association of Canada members will vote for the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year and the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The overall winners will be announced Feb. 14 during the media preview day at the Canadian International Auto Show.

Best New Cars in Canada 2013

Best New City Car: Ford Focus EV

Best New Small Car (under $21,000): Mazda3 Skyactiv Sedan

Best New Small Car (over $21,000): Hyundai Elantra GT

Best New Family Car (under $30,000): Honda Accord Sedan

Best New Family Car (over $30,000): Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best New Luxury Car: Cadillac ATS

Best New Prestige And Performance Car (over $75,000): Porsche

911 Carrera S

Best New Sports/performance Car (under $50,000): Ford Focus

ST

Best New Sports/performance Car (over $50,000): Porsche

Boxster

Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000): Ford Escape 1.6 L EcoBoost

Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000-$60,000): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T