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Top 10 Compact SUVs in Canada for 2021 and 2022: Here Are Our Picks

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Vincent Aubé
The favourite vehicle category for small families continues to evolve, but there's also a status quo with some late-cycle models hanging in there

Auto123 presents three rankings of the Top SUVs in Canada in 2021-2022. Today, our picks of the Top 10 Compact SUVs in Canada this year.

See also: Top 10 Subcompact SUVs in Canada for 2021 and 2022: Here Are Our Picks

See also: Top 10 Midsize SUVs in Canada for 2021 and 2022: Here Are Our Picks

Compact SUVs are the inheritors of buyers who may have in the past shopped in the mid-size sedan category, but have left it even though many cars in that segment are still available on the market in 2021-2022.

Unlike some subcompact options, these SUVs are roomy enough for a family of four (two adults and two young ‘uns) and generally offer more ground clearance and all-wheel drive – wouldn’t want to get stuck in a snowbank when dropping the kids off at school, now would we. In fact AWD, in 2021, is very often part of the standard equipment of these SUVs. A note of caution, however, for those currently shopping for a compact SUV: some of the base models come out of the factory with two-wheel drive only.

Just like our subcompact crossover top 10 ranking, the order of this list is irrelevant, and frankly the vehicles on this list are all very good choices.

Without further ado, here is our list of the top 10 compact SUVs available in Canada in 2021-2022 (inventory shortages notwithstanding!)., 100% online, shop for your next car, buy online and get it delivered to you anywhere in Quebec!

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4 | Photo: Toyota

We start this roundup with THE sure bet of the segment. The Toyota RAV4 really needs no introduction. The trusty SUV comes in a variety of possible configurations, from the LE trims with two-wheel drive to the super-popular Prime plug-in hybrid version, which in addition to delivering great fuel economy packs a punch with 302 hp available under the hood.

Build quality, reliability and a slightly more aggressive design than in the past are all assets that have helped make and keep the RAV4 the best-selling vehicle in Canada - if you don’t count the full-size pickups of course!

See also: Toyota Gives RAV4 Minor Design Tweaks, New SE Hybrid Grade for 2022

See also: 2022 Toyota RAV4 pictures

See also: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review: What Do You Get the SUV That Has Everything?

See also: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: A Prime Alternative

Toyota RAV4, profile
Toyota RAV4, profile | Photo: Toyota
Toyota RAV4 hybrid, interior
Toyota RAV4 hybrid, interior | Photo: Toyota
Toyota RAV4 hybrid, 2nd row of seats
Toyota RAV4 hybrid, 2nd row of seats | Photo: Toyota
Vincent Aubé
Vincent Aubé
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  • Participation in over 200 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists