Toronto, ON — For the second time in its long history, the Ford F-150 has earned Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year honours. Based on votes from over 70 members from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), the F-150 beat out finalists from Porsche (Macan S) and Subaru (Outback).
The announcement was made this morning on media day at the Canadian International Auto Show. Built with extensive use of aluminum for the body, Ford has placed a lot of emphasis on fuel economy, while at the same time improving on towing capacity and payload.
The process to choose the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year starts in October at AJAC TestFest. Over five days, the 70-plus members evaluate each new vehicle, taking in to consideration comfort, ergonomics, interior room and the way it handles itself in “real world” conditions on the open road. Finalists from across 15 vehicle segments are then chosen.
This marks the sixth time Ford has earned overall honours from AJAC; the F-150 also won in 2004, joining the Ford Flex (2009) and Ford Edge (2011).
The Mustang and Focus, meanwhile, were named Canadian Car of the Year in 2005 and 2000, respectively.
Image Gallery: 2015 Ford F-150