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Looking for a new ride? These are the best vehicles to buy in Canada for 2019

A Kia Forte GT is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Looking to purchase a new vehicle in 2019? The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has got you covered.

AJAC released a list of the best vehicles across 12 different categories on Thursday, with Mazda coming out on top in three categories, followed by Kia, which claimed two awards.

Mazda’s MX-5 was the best sports-performance car for 2019, while its CX-5 was the top mid-sized premium car and the CX-9 claimed the title of best large utility vehicle. The Kia Forte was voted the best small car in Canada, while the Kia Stinger was the best large car.

The awards were picked by nearly 70 AJAC members who had driven the 55 vehicles that were submitted for consideration over more than six months.

“Canadians can look to this list with confidence, knowing that each vehicle has been chosen as being a standout in its segment by experts who understand the unique challenges of daily driving in this country,” said Mark Richardson, president of AJAC, in a statement.

The 12 cars now qualify for the association’s Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle awards, which AJAC says are designed to inform Canadians about which vehicles are best suited for drivers in Canada. The winners will be unveiled at the Montreal Auto Show next week.

Here’s the full list of the 12 winners, as selected by AJAC:

Best Small Car in Canada for 2019:
Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte Federation

Best Large Car in Canada for 2019:
Kia Stinger

DUB 2019 Kia Stinger GT

Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada for 2019:
Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC


Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2019:
Volvo V90 R-Design


Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2019:
Mazda MX-5

2019 Mazda MX-5 (Car and Driver)

Best Small Utility in Canada for 2019:
Hyundai Kona

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric (Hyundai)

Best Mid-Size Utility in Canada for 2019:
Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5 (Mazda)

Best Large Utility in Canada for 2019:
Mazda CX-9

MAZDA CX-9 (Mazda)

Best Mid-Size Premium Utility in Canada for 2019:
Infiniti QX50

(Car and Driver)

Best Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2019:
Ford F150 Diesel

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Best EV in Canada for 2019:
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (Chrysler)

Best Premium EV in Canada for 2019:
Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar I-Pace (Jaguar)

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