Canadian drivers know more than anyone how the weather can play tricks and wreak havoc on the roads, and not just in winter. It’s no surprise that all-wheel drive, which ensures improved road grip and safer driving all through the year, is a popular and highly prized feature for consumers in this country.
All-wheel drive systems have in recent years become ever-more sophisticated and efficient; torque vectors, for example, provide power to the correct wheels each fraction of a second. What’s more, the traditional drawbacks of the feature – higher sticker price, reduced fuel efficiency – are today often negligible, making all-wheel drive a more popular choice than ever.
Today, even those on a tight budget can treat themselves to this feature guaranteed to make winter driving so much more palatable. We put together a list of the top 10 most affordable all-wheel-drive-equipped vehicles available on the Canadian market in 2017. The numbers are based on MSRP, before taking into account manufacturers’ rebates, and we’ve only retained one version of each model. Take note that two upcoming sub-compact SUV models scheduled to be introduced on the Canadian market in the coming months – the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Stonic - will most likely sneak onto this list as well.
* Models that just missed making the top-10 cut include the Jeep Renegade and Compass, the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson.
10.2017 Mitsubishi RVR SE AWCat $26,498