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After over 20 years in the Canadian market, we’ve come a long way. Juries from around the world have awarded our vehicles distinguished accolades for design, engineering, technology, safety, and overall quality, recognizing our commitment to excellence.

From our humble beginnings to over a million cars sold in Canada, we’ve challenged the status quo time and time again, continually innovating and setting new standards for success. While we’re extremely proud of all the awards we’ve earned, for us the real reward is knowing we’ve improved the day-to-day lives of Canadians who’ve put their trust in us.

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  • World Car Award
  • World Car Awards

    2020 World Car of the Year

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    The annual World Car Awards was established in 2003 to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry.

  • AutoTrader Award
  • AutoTRADER Award

    Best 3-Row SUV

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    AutoTRADER.ca is an online automotive classifieds advertising website that services Canada. After multiple rounds of voting with 12 distinct criteria, their jury of more than 20 automotive experts agreed that the Kia Telluride embodied the best qualities that buyers would prioritize in this class and awarded it as the Best 3-Row SUV for 2020.

  • AJAC
  • Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC)

    Best large utility vehicle in Canada for 2020

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    The Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) are an independent association of professional journalists, writers, photographers, and corporate members from across Canada. AJAC evaluates the latest vehicle models available to the Canadian market with “real-world” testing, where they scrutinize every detail from safety features to cargo capacity.

  • Auto 123
  • Auto 123

    2020 Full-size SUV of the year

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    Auto123.com has been serving car buyers and car enthusiasts alike since 1996. Their award process is far from run-of-the-mill. A panel of veteran journalists and contributors painstakingly revise a list of suitable vehicles every year, classify them into categories, and then pick favourites. The jury consists of professional Auto123.com journalists who drive test vehicles on a weekly basis.

  • NACOTY
  • North America Car Of The Year (NACOTY)

    2020 Utility Vehicle of the Year

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    The North America Car Of The Year 2020 Utility Vehicle of the Year award is unique and among the most prestigious in the industry. After hundreds of hours of test drives, research, and evaluation, independent jurors select finalists over three rounds of voting based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

  • Motortrend
  • MotorTrend

    2020 SUV of the Year

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    Established in 1949, MotorTrend magazine was the first publication in the world to name a Car of the Year. Vehicles are judged through an exhaustive process. In order to succeed and be awarded a vehicle must stand out as a well-rounded product, making this accolade one of the most prestigious awards bestowed in the auto industry.

  • ALG
  • ALG

    2020 Design Innovation Award

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    ALG is an analytics-based subsidiary of TrueCar, an industry leader in vehicle residual value projections that has been in operation for over 55 years. The winner of this award is chosen amongst all 2020 model year vehicles on sale in Canada. According to ALG, the Design Innovation Award is given to vehicles that “redefine the elements of design.”

  • Car&Driver
  • Car&Driver

    Car and Driver’s 10Best

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    Car&Driver issued their first publication in 1955. This group of automotive experts evaluate vehicles with a wide range of criteria, including results from their Buyer’s Guide in-depth testing and how a vehicle performs on their test track, with some old-fashioned subjective desirability thrown in for good measure.

  • Canadian Automotive Jury
  • Canadian Automotive Jury

    Best of the Best Award

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    The Canadian Automotive Jury is unique in that they are funded exclusively by the jurors. Their jury of senior Canadian automotive journalists account for the vast majority of automotive coverage read or watched in Canada. Along with the reigning champion, they are rigorously evaluated with specific criteria and only one vehicle is named the Best of the Best.

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

    2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • The Car Guide
  • The Car Guide

    Best Buy New SUV of the year

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    This publication established in 1967 offers news, reviews, and exclusive videos, as well as all of the important details concerning new and used vehicles. Their “Best Buy” awards are based on 6 criteria: fuel economy, reliability, safety, infotainment, driving experience and overall.

  • IIHS Top safety Pick
  • 2020 IIHS Top safety Pick

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • J.D. power
  • 2020 J.D. power

    The best in Initial Quality among Compact Cars

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    J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power has offices serving North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • J.D. Power
  • 2020 J.D. Power

    The best in Initial Quality among Upper Midsize SUVs

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    J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power has offices serving North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to vehicle safety, and specifically reducing the losses from motor vehicle crashes. Their Top Safety Pick+ awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety using specific systematic criteria to examine each aspect of a vehicle.

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  • The Car Guide
  • The Car Guide

    Best Buy Subcompact Car

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    This publication established in 1967 offers news, reviews, and exclusive videos, as well as all of the important details concerning new and used vehicles. Their “Best Buy” awards are based on 6 criteria: fuel economy, reliability, safety, infotainment, driving experience and overall.

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  • The Car Guide
  • The Car Guide

    Best Buy Subcompact Car

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    This publication established in 1967 offers news, reviews, and exclusive videos, as well as all of the important details concerning new and used vehicles. Their “Best Buy” awards are based on 6 criteria: fuel economy, reliability, safety, infotainment, driving experience and overall.

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  • World Car Award
  • World Car Awards

    2020 World Urban Car

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    The annual World Car Awards was established in 2003 to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry.

  • Vincentric Award
  • Vincentric Award

    Best Value in Canada: Electric/Plug-In Hybrid segment

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    The Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards honour vehicle models that prove themselves as the greatest value in each segment. In order to determine the winners, all applicable model year vehicles are ranked based on the relationship between current market price and total cost of ownership.

  • The Car Guide
  • The Car Guide

    Best Buy Subcompact Car

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    This publication established in 1967 offers news, reviews, and exclusive videos, as well as all of the important details concerning new and used vehicles. Their “Best Buy” awards are based on 6 criteria: fuel economy, reliability, safety, infotainment, driving experience and overall.

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  • Vincentric Award
  • Vincentric Award

    Best Value in Canada: Electric/Plug-In Hybrid SUV/Crossover segment

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    The Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards honour vehicle models that prove themselves as the greatest value in each segment. In order to determine the winners, all applicable model year vehicles are ranked based on the relationship between current market price and total cost of ownership.

2019 Awards


  • Auto 123
  • Niro EV

    Auto 123

    Green vehicle of the year

  • Vincentric
  • Soul EV

    Vincentric

    Best Value in Canada

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Forte

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Optima Hybrid

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Niro

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Rio

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Soul

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Cadenza

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Rio 5-Door

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights

  • AJAC
  • Stinger

    AJAC

    Canadian Car of the Year

  • AJAC
  • Forte

    AJAC

    Best Small Car in Canada

  • AJAC
  • Stinger

    AJAC

    Best Large Car in Canada

2018 Awards


  • J.D. Power
  • Sorento

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality in the U.S., 2 Years in a Row

  • J.D. Power
  • Rio

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Small Car in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Rio

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Small Car in Initial Quality and Dependability in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Niro

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with option autonomous emergency braking and HID headlights

  • J.D. Power
  • Sorento

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional forward collision-avoidance assist and LED headlights

  • AJAC
  • Niro

    AJAC

    Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year

  • IF
  • Niro

    IF

  • Red Dot Design
  • Stinger

    Red Dot Design Award

    Best of the best

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Cadenza

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights with high beam assist.

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Forte

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and HIDs with Dynamic Bending Lights.

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Soul

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and HID headlights.

  • Autoguide
  • Stinger

    Autoguide

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and HID headlights.

  • Motoring TV
  • Stinger

    Motoring TV

    Car of the Year

  • North American Car of the Year
  • Stinger

    North American Car of the Year

    Finalist

  • IF Product Design Award
  • Stinger

    IF

    Product Design Award

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Optima Hybrid

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Optima

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Optima

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

    Product Design Award

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Forte

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sorento

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sorento

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

    when equipped with optional autonomous emergency braking and HID headlights.

  • Reddot Design Award
  • Rio 5-Door

    Reddot Design Award

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sportage

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sportage

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Soul

    NHTSA 5-stars

2017 Awards


  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Forte

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Cadenza

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

  • J.D. Power
  • Sorento

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality, 2 out of 3 Years in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Soul

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality, 3 Years in a Row in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Niro

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Forte

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Cadenza

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Niro

    Reddot Design Award

    Honourable Mention

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Soul

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Optima Hybrid

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Forte

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sorento

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sportage

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sedona

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sedona

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sportage

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sorento

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

2016 Awards


  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sorento

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sorento

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sedona

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sedona

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Forte

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Sportage

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Optima Hybrid

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Soul

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • NHTSA 5-stars
  • Optima

    NHTSA 5-stars

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Soul

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick +
  • Optima

    IIHS Top Safety Pick +

  • J.D. Power
  • Sportage

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Soul

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Sportage

    Red Dot Design Award

  • IF Product Design Award
  • Optima

    IF Product Design Award

  • AJAC
  • Sorento

    AJAC

    Best New SUV ($35,000-$60,000)

2015 Awards


  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Optima

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Soul

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Sedona

    IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • AutoPacific
  • Cadenza

    AutoPacific

    Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction - Large Car

  • AutoPacific
  • Sportage

    AutoPacific

    Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction - Compact Crossover SUV

  • AutoPacific
  • Soul

    AutoPacific

    Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction – Compact Car

  • AutoPacific
  • K900

    AutoPacific

    President’s Award for All-Time Highest Vehicle Satisfaction Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction - Luxury Car

  • J.D. Power
  • Sorento

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Soul

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • Prix Auto Environnement
  • SoulEV

    Prix Auto Environnement MAAF 2015

    Alternative Energy City Car

  • Prix Auto Environnement
  • SoulEV

    AJAC

    Canadian Green Car of the Year Award

  • Reddot Design Award
  • SoulEV

    Red Dot Design Award

  • alg Residual Value Award
  • Soul

    ALG - Residual Value Award

    (Subcompact utility vehicle)

  • Motoring Award
  • SoulEV

    Motoring Award

    Best Electric Car of the Year

  • AJAC
  • SoulEV

    AJAC

    Best New City Car

  • AJAC
  • Rio

    L'Annuel de l'automobile

    Meilleure de sa catégorie

  • AJAC
  • Rondo

    L'Annuel de l'automobile

    Meilleure de sa catégorie

  • AJAC
  • Forte

    L'Annuel de l'automobile

    Meilleure de sa catégorie

2014 Awards


  • J.D. Power
  • Cadenza

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality in the U.S.

  • J.D. Power
  • Sportage

    J.D. Power

    Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality in a Tie in the US

  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Soul

    Red Dot Design Award

  • ALG
  • Soul

    ALG - Residual Value Award Winner

    (Subcompact utility vehicle)

  • ALG
  • Forte5

    Motoring - Best Economy Car

  • ALG
  • Forte Koup

    Motoring - Best Economy Car

  • ALG
  • Forte

    Motoring - Best Economy Car

  • ALG
  • Soul

    Motoring - Best Affordable SUV

  • ALG
  • Sorento

    AJAC

    Best new SUV/CUV ($35,000 - $60,000)

  • ALG
  • Soul

    AJAC

    Best New Family Car (under $30,000)

  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Rondo

    Red Dot Design Award

  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Forte

    Ward's 10 best interiors

2013 Awards


  • WardsAuto
  • Rio 5-Door

    Ward's 10 Best Engines (2012)

  • WardsAuto
  • Rio

    Ward's 10 Best Engines (2012)

  • WardsAuto
  • Rio

    Canadian Automotive Jury (CAJ) 2013 "Best of the Best Finalist"

  • WardsAuto
  • Rio 5-Door

    Canadian Automotive Jury (CAJ) 2013 "Best of the Best Finalist"

2012 Awards


  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Rio 5-Door

    Red Dot Design Award

  • Motoring
  • Optima Hybrid

    Motoring - Best New Family Car

  • Auto123.com
  • Optima Hybrid

    Auto123.com

  • Motoring
  • Optima Hybrid

    Motoring - Car of the Year

  • Motoring
  • Optima

    Motoring - Best New Family Car

  • Motoring
  • Optima

    Motoring - Car of the Year

  • Motoring
  • Rio 5-Door

    Motoring - Best Small Car under $21,000

  • Motoring
  • Rio

    Motoring - Best Small Car under $21,000

  • WardsAuto
  • Rio

    Automotive Brand Contest - Design Award

  • Auto123.com
  • Sportage

    Auto123.com - 2012 Compact Utility of the Year

  • Auto123.com
  • Optima

    Auto123.com - 2012 Mid-size Car of the Year

  • Auto123.com
  • Rio 5-Door

    Automotive Brand Contest - Design Award

  • Auto123.com
  • Sportage

    Automotive Brand Contest - Design Award

  • iF Product Design Award
  • Sportage

    iF Product Design Award

2011 Awards


  • AJAC
  • Optima Hybrid

    AJAC - Best Family Car (over $30,000)

  • AJAC
  • Optima

    AJAC - Best Family Car (over $30,000)

  • Automotive Brand Contest
  • Optima

    Automotive Brand Contest - Design Award

  • Automotive Brand Contest
  • Optima

    iF Product Design Award

  • NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
  • Optima

    NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

  • Red Dot Design Award
  • Optima

    Red Dot Design Award

  • Motoring - Car of the Year
  • Sportage

    Motoring - Car of the Year

  • Le Guide de l’Auto
  • Sportage

    Le Guide de l’Auto - BEST SUV OF 2011

  • 2011 Best of Best Finalists
  • Sportage

    2011 Best of Best Finalists - The Canadian Automotive Jury

  • IIHS - Top Safety Pick
  • Sportage

    IIHS - Top Safety Pick

  • 2011 Sportage  - Compact Utility of the Year
  • Sportage

    2011 Sportage - Compact Utility of the Year

  • MSN AUTOS
  • Rio5

    MSN AUTOS - Top 10 New Cars for Less than $15,000

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