announced the finalists for its 2021 Awards, stating that the finalists are models the jury would recommend to Canadians “without a doubt.”

The awards recognize vehicles for their value, innovation, performance, comfort, technology and ultimate desirability.

The awards named finalists in the different vehicle categories, but under family sedan, the finalists were the 2021 Honda Accord, 2021 Toyota Camry, 2021 Hyundai Sonata, 2021 Subaru Legacy, and 2021 Mazda6.

Many of the jury members sit on judging panels for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, the North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year and World Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The jury will evaluate finalists against 12 specific criteria, including overall excellence, value, innovation, technology and features, user-friendliness, performance, engineering excellence, driver satisfaction, design, safety, quality, and efficiency. They are weighted according to the segment of the vehicle being awarded. says it approaches awards from the perspective of a car buyer.

It noted that its awards consider every new vehicle available on the market and capture an in-depth selection of vehicles available to Canadians in 2021.

To identify the 2021 award finalists, more than 20 expert automotive journalists evaluated and tested more than 350 vehicles, and then they voted for the top contenders in each category.

The Awards will highlight vehicles from 22 categories this year. That includes three Best Overall picks starting Feb. 1.

“We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2021 Awards,” editor-in-chief Jodi Lai said in a news release.

Lai continued, “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.”

Following is the list of the top finalists in each category:



Subcompact Car

2021 Chevrolet Bolt

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio/Rio 5-Door

2021 Mini Cooper 3-Door/5-Door

2021 Nissan Versa

Compact Car

2021 Mazda3/3 Sport

2021 Toyota Corolla/Corolla Hatchback

2021 Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Volkswagen Golf

Family Sedan

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Subaru Legacy

2021 Mazda6


2021 Volvo V60/V60 Cross Country

2021 Mercedes C-Class Wagon

2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

2021 Mercedes E-Class Wagon

2021 Audi A6 Allroad/RS 6 Avant

Compact Luxury Car

2021 Genesis G70

2021 BMW 3 Series/4 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Audi A4

2021 Acura TLX

Large Luxury Car

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G90

Performance Car Under $50,000

2021 Mazda MX-5

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Hyundai Veloster N

2021 Honda Civic Si/Civic Type R

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Performance Car Over $50,000

2021 Chevrolet Corvette

2021 Porsche 911

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT

2021 Jaguar F-Type


SUVs & Minivans

Subcompact SUV

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek


2-Row SUV

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Toyota RAV4


3-Row SUV

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon

2021 Subaru Ascent


Luxury Subcompact SUV

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2021 Lexus NX

2021 Audi Q3

2021 BMW X2


Luxury 2-Row SUV

2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3/X4

2021 BMW X5/X6

2021 Lexus RX

2021 Porsche Macan

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2021 Volvo XC60


Luxury 3-Row SUV

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Lincoln Aviator

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class



2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan/Pacifica

2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Kia Sedona

2021 Toyota Sienna


Mid-Size Truck

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Jeep Gladiator

2021 Ford Ranger


Full-Size Truck

2021 Ram 1500

2021 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra

2021 Ford F-150

2021 Toyota Tundra

Green Vehicles

Green Vehicle Under $50,000

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/RAV4 Prime

2021 Kia Soul EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

2021 Nissan Leaf

Green Vehicle Over $50,000

2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Audi e-tron

2021 Polestar 2

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Jaguar I-Pace