Cheaper AWD options for 2019

by Michel Deslauriers . Nov 23 2018
SubaruThe Subaru Impreza lands itself in the top spot once again with its affordable pricing and standard all-wheel drive.

Subaru

The Subaru Impreza lands itself in the top spot once again with its affordable pricing and standard all-wheel drive.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle and an all-wheel drivetrain seems interesting for confidently confronting our harsh winters, but you have a limited budget, here are the least expensive AWD models on the Canadian market for 2019.

 

1. Subaru Impreza

Once again, the Impreza is Canada’s least-expensive vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive, and it’s standard in every trim level. The base Convenience sedan with a manual transmission starts at $19,995 before freight and delivery charges. With an automatic transmission, the price is $21,295. The five-door Impreza costs $900 more in both cases.

2. Hyundai Kona

The Kona subcompact SUV is the second most-affordable vehicle in Canada with an all-wheel drivetrain, and the lowest priced crossover. It starts at $22,999 before freight and delivery charges in base Preferred trim, and includes the 147-horsepower, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

3. Subaru Crosstrek

Based on the same platform as the Subaru Impreza, the Crosstrek boasts standard all-wheel drive and a more rugged appearance. The base Crosstrek Convenience with a manual transmission starts at $23,695 before freight and delivery charges, or at $24,995 with the optional automatic transmission. The Crosstrek’s price is unchanged compared to the 2018 model, allowing it to climb one spot on this list.

4. Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s subcompact crossover, the CX-3 GX AWD with a mandatory automatic transmission starts at $24,095 before freight and delivery charges. Its price increase for the 2019 model year made it slip one rank on this list.

5. Ford EcoSport

Now in its second model year on the Canadian market, the EcoSport subcompact crossover barely climbed ahead of the Nissan Qashqai. The EcoSport S trim with AWD and an automatic transmission is listed at $24,599 before freight and delivery charges.

6. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan’s popular subcompact crossover can be ordered with AWD and an automatic transmission starting at $24,898 in base S trim, before freight and delivery charges. It dropped a spot on this list in 2019 because of a price increase.

7. Subaru Legacy

The Legacy is the only one of three cars in this list — the rest are crossovers — and the only midsize sedan of the bunch. In 2.5i trim with an automatic transmission, the Legacy starts at $24,995 before freight and delivery charges. Its unchanged base price for 2019 allowed it to climb a spot on this list.

8. Chevrolet Trax

Chevy’s subcompact crossover can be equipped with all-wheel drive in base LS trim. It starts at $25,000 before freight and delivery charges.

9. Honda HR-V

In base trim with an automatic transmission, the Honda HR-V starts at $25,490 before freight and delivery charges.

10. Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The only wagon in this list, the base Trendline trim of the Golf SportWagen can be equipped with a manual transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive for a starting MSRP of $25,695, before freight and delivery charges. With an automatic transmission, the price starts at $27,095.

— LC Media

The Hyundai Kona is an inexpensive crossover option with all wheel drive.

The Hyundai Kona is an inexpensive crossover option with all wheel drive.

SubaruThe Crosstrek jumped up the list this year due to unchanged pricing.

Subaru

The Crosstrek jumped up the list this year due to unchanged pricing.

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Ford Eco Sport

Ford Eco Sport

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy

Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HRV

Honda HRV

Volkswagen Golfsport

Volkswagen Golfsport