SUVs and crossovers have taken over the Canadian market, earning their spot as the most popular vehicles. But with every manufacturer offering an SUV of some sort these days, which one do you choose? We’ve done the research for best suvs to buy in Canada.
According to the Consumer Reports Buying Guide, SUVs have gained popularity because they provide the best balance of interior space, fuel economy and engine power.
After researching dozens of reviews, blogs and ratings, we’ve discovered the ten most talked about SUVs in Canada:
- Toyota RAV4
- Honda CR-V
- Ford Escape
- Nissan Rogue
- Hyundai Tucson
- Mazda CX-5
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Subaru Crosstrek
- Chevrolet Equinox
- GMC Terrain
Top 10 Best SUVs to Buy in Canada
Not only was it Toyota’s best-selling model last year, but Consumer Reports also granted it the title of most popular SUV of the year. By offering optional all-wheel drive, switching power automatically to all four wheels when roads are slippery, the RAV4 is particularly good on fuel. Plus, it’s also reasonably affordable with re-designed 2019 models starting as low as $27,990.
This SUV comes close to the RAV4 in sales, sporting similar features to its competition, like the continuous variable transmission (CVT). It won Edmunds’ Editors Choice 2019 and sold over 400,000 models last year. Its extra features, like a heated steering wheel and powered seat with lumbar support, do come at an added cost—meaning it’ll be essential for you to shop around for the best deal.
This best-selling SUV is a top pick because of its higher ground clearance and the cargo capacity, which is much more than other Ford models. It is loaded with special features—Ford claims more than any other SUV on the market. This Escape can park itself, steer itself within a lane and adapt its speed to match the speed of other vehicles around it.
Nissan sells more Rogues in Canada than any of its other models. Two of the main reasons why that might be? Well, it’s undoubtedly the sportiest looking of the compact SUVs currently being offered on the market, and it’s super practical. It has tons of additional cargo space and features a wet and dry divider and luggage compartment.
After undergoing a full redesign for 2019, this new generation is helping keep Hyundai in the game. It is stylish and economical and has cool features like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capability and all-wheel drive. It doesn’t have a lot of the off-road features you can count on with other SUVs, but rates well across reviews for performance and is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
The CX-5 is consistent and reliable, showing up at the top of multiple best of sporty and small SUV categories. Its sleek design with strategically placed lower headlights and a stylish grill elevate its sports car look. With the CX-5’s turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and improved G-Vectoring control, you can bet on a smooth and responsive in-control driving experience.
Known for its spacious interior and ability to seat seven comfortably, the Outlander is Mitsubishi’s most advanced cross-over yet. Its powerful V6 engine, towing capacity and advanced safety features combine to make it a great option for a family vehicle. It has blind spot warning, lane change assist and a multi-view camera system, so it’s one of the best family-friendly SUVs on the market.
After being fully re-engineered in 2018, the 2019 model has a couple of new features but none which significantly alter the Crosstrek experience. Its a great buy starting at just $23,695. It has higher ground clearance, making it a good option for off-road capability and its spacious interior is unique for a hatchback of its size. A bonus should you choose; this model offers optional safety features which we usually don’t see in its SUV class.
The Equinox is both comfortable and capable while also being exceptionally well fitted for its price. It has a turbocharged engine which gives it towing potential, meaning more opportunities for fun for the family. When it comes to reviews, Canadians are clear the price point is the game-changer on this one.
The last SUV to make our list had pretty fierce competition to beat for a higher spot, but it does check our boxes for fuel efficiency with its diesel engine as well as comfort with its soft suspension system. This year’s model has an upgraded rearview camera and new appearance upgrade packages. It’s lower on our list as the value for money factor is an issue with the Terrain, added engine, trim and other upgrades stack up quick.
At Birchwood Credit Solutions, we carry an extensive inventory of SUVs and crossovers. As a member of one of the largest network of car dealerships in Winnipeg, Manitoba, you can choose from our inventory of new and used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans.
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