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Top 10 Most Affordable All-Wheel Drive Vehicles in Canada in 2021

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Vincent Aubé
A low-cost AWD system is more accessible than ever for buyers on a budget

All-wheel drive has become a pervasive technology in the automotive industry, especially in Canada, where our challenging climate makes motorists extra cautious, and extra appreciative of good help from their vehicle. A good set of tires, for example, is de rigueur, and then there’s having an all-wheel drivetrain. And the good news is that it doesn't have to cost an astronomical amount of money to get into a new vehicle fitted with such a system.

Once again this year, we've compiled a list of the 10 most affordable 4WD vehicles in the country, based on their MSRP. Of course, monthly promotions can sometimes change the rankings, so you’ll want to take that into account if you’re a serious bargain hunter.

So without further ado, here's our list of the lowest priced AWD models for the 2021 model year, starting with the most expensive in the group. Please note that prices shown do not include applicable fees and taxes.

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10 - 2021 Mazda CX-30 GX i-Activ at $26,050

2021 Mazda CX-30
2021 Mazda CX-30 | Photo: D.Boshouwers

Proof that elbows are flying high in the corners in small SUV segment, our top 10 includes three new models equipped with AWD this year. The first of these is the Mazda CX-30, which narrowly beats out the Nissan Qashqai S ($26,298) and even the Mazda3 GS i-Activ ($26,500) for the last spot on our list (both of those models made it into the top 10 last year).

It's worth mentioning that Mazda’s sedan is not available with all-wheel drive in the GX version, unlike the CX-30 crossover, which offers all-wheel drive in all trim levels.

See also: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Named IIHS Best-Possible Top Safety Pick+

See also: 2021 Mazda CX-30: Details and pricing for Canada

See also: 2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Between Two Chairs

2021 Mazda CX-30, rear
2021 Mazda CX-30, rear | Photo: D.Boshouwers
2021 Mazda CX-30, front
2021 Mazda CX-30, front | Photo: D.Boshouwers
Vincent Aubé
Vincent Aubé
Automotive expert
  • Over 17 years' experience as an automotive journalist
  • More than 60 test drives in the past year
  • Participation in over 200 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists