2022 AutoTrader.ca Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 2022 AutoTrader.ca Awards are announced, and public voting opens for Canada’s Choice Awards (CNW Group/AutoTrader.ca)

Canada’s most in-depth automotive awards names finalists and opens public voting for Canada’s Choice Awards

TORONTOOct. 18, 2021 /CNW/ – Finalists for the 2022 AutoTrader.ca Awards, Canada’s foremost expert-led automotive awards, were announced today. The Awards recognize vehicles for value, innovation, performance, comfort, technology, and ultimate desirability. In addition to key categories developed and voted on by Canada’s leading automotive experts, Canadians across the country now also have the chance to weigh in on the vehicles they trust most through the AutoTrader.ca Canada’s Choice Awards. Public voting for the Awards begins on October 18, 2021 and closes on October 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in November of this year.

“The finalists for 2022 are strong contenders who represent the pinnacle of automotive excellence,” says Jodi Lai, editor-in-chief, AutoTrader.ca. “Our goal is to ensure consumers are aware of the top vehicles available to them on the marketplace, so they can confidently make an informed decision while shopping,” Lai adds. “This year is extra special as Canadians can cast their vote to help other car shoppers and be entered to win a cash prize of $10,000.”

With the inclusion of three new categories, New Tech Innovation, New Safety Technology, and Best Vehicle for Adventure, the 2022 AutoTrader.ca Awards will recognize vehicles from 30 different categories, making it AutoTrader.ca’s most robust Awards to date. Each year, AutoTrader.ca adopts a consumer-first approach to its evaluation of finalists for its expert-led awards, with each finalist chosen from the perspective of a car shopper. AutoTrader.ca Awards carefully selects finalists based on thorough testing of every new vehicle available on the market, capturing the most in-depth selection of vehicles in 2022. This process truly recognizes what separates a “good” vehicle from an “award-winning” one.

A jury of more than 20 expert automotive journalists reviewed over 300 vehicles before voting for the top candidates in each category. A majority of the experts sit on the judging panel for a number of automotive awards. Finalists were evaluated against 12 specific criteria, including: overall excellence, value, innovation, technology and features, user-friendliness, performance, engineering excellence, driver satisfaction, design, safety, quality, and efficiency – weighted according to segment.

The list of the finalists in each category are as follows:


Subcompact Car
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Spark
Kia Rio 5-Door
Mini 3-Door / 5-Door
Nissan Versa

Compact Car 
Honda Civic / Civic Hatchback
Hyundai Elantra
Mazda3 / Mazda3 Sport
Toyota Corolla / Corolla Hatchback
Volkswagen Golf GTI / Golf R

Family Sedan
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia K5
Subaru Legacy
Toyota Camry

Audi A4 Allroad
Audi A6 Allroad / Audi RS 6 Avant
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
Volvo V60 / Volvo V60 Cross Country

Compact Luxury Car 
Audi A4
BMW 3 Series / 4 Series
Genesis G70
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volvo S60

Large Luxury Car
BMW 5 Series
Genesis G80
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Porsche Panamera
Porsche Taycan

Performance Car Under $50K
Ford Mustang
Mazda MX-5
Subaru BRZ
Toyota GR 86
Volkswagen Golf GTI / Golf R

Performance Car Over $50K
Chevrolet Corvette
Mercedes-AMG GT
Porsche 718 Boxster / 718 Cayman / 718 Spyder
Porsche 911
Toyota GR Supra

SUVS & Minivans

Subcompact SUV 
Hyundai Kona
Kia Seltos
Mazda CX-30
Subaru Crosstrek
Volkswagen Taos

2-Row SUV
Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Mazda CX-5
Subaru Outback
Toyota RAV4

3-Row SUV
Chevrolet Suburban / Chevrolet Tahoe
Hyundai Palisade
Kia Telluride
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Highlander

Luxury Subcompact SUV
Audi Q3
Lexus UX
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Volvo XC40

Luxury 2-Row SUV
Acura RDX
Genesis GV70
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Porsche Macan

Luxury 3-Row SUV
Cadillac Escalade
Genesis GV80
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
Volvo XC90

Chrysler Pacifica / Grand Caravan
Honda Odyssey
Kia Carnival
Toyota Sienna


Compact/Mid-size Truck
Ford Maverick
Honda Ridgeline
Hyundai Santa Cruz
Jeep Gladiator
Toyota Tacoma

Full-Size Truck
Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra
Ford F-150
Ram 1500
Toyota Tundra

Green Vehicles

Green Vehicle Under $50K
Hyundai Ioniq 5 (EV)
Kia Soul (EV)
Tesla Model 3 (EV)
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid / RAV4 Prime (Hybrid/PHEV)
Volkswagen ID.4 (EV)

Green Vehicle Over $50K
Ford F-150 / F-150 Lightning (Hybrid/EV)
Ford Mustang Mach-E (EV)
Polestar 2 (EV)
Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo (EV)
Jeep Wrangler 4xe (PHEV)


New Tech Innovation
Ford – Onboard Power Inverter
Ford – Onboard Weight Scales
Augmented Reality Head-Up Display
Mercedes – MBUX Hyperscreen
Volvo/GM – Android Automotive OS

Best New Safety Innovation
Ford BlueCruise
Genesis Radar-Based Occupant Alert System
GM Super Cruise
Lexus Safety System+ 3.0
Mercedes PRE-SAFE Impulse Side

Vehicle for Adventure
Ford Bronco
Jeep Wrangler / Gladiator
Land Rover Defender
Subaru Outback Wilderness
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro / 4Runner TRD Pro

To learn more about category finalists, and the vehicle evaluation process visit AutoTrader.ca/Awards. Visit AutoTrader.ca/Awards/CCA to vote in this year’s Canada’s Choice Awards for a chance to win a cash prize of $10,000.

SOURCE AutoTrader.ca

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.