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10 Most Affordable V6 Vehicles for 2021

Although becoming rarer each year, these are the least expensive new vehicles with six cylinders.

Years ago, most new vehicles on the market featured an engine with at least 6 cylinders, if not a standard V6. But 6-cylinder engines aren't that common anymore. As buyers and governments prioritize fuel efficiency, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines have replaced larger engines with 6- and 8 cylinders. The point is that just because it's not the standard go-to engine for many vehicles anymore doesn't mean 6-cylinders are going extinct just yet.

Based on starting Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices* in Canadian dollars, here are the 10 most affordable new 6-cylinder vehicles in Canada for 2021.


10th place: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport - $37765 CAD

Few vehicles can match the Wrangler mid-size SUV’s off-road prowess. Buyers can opt for a spunky turbocharged 4-cylinder, a wonderfully stout diesel V6, or the new 4xe plug-in gas-electric hybrid and limited-edition 392 V8 powerplants. But in its most basic Sport trim, the 4-passenger, 2-door Jeep comes with a 285-horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque 3.6-litre V6. A 6-speed manual transmission hooked up to Jeep’s Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system is also standard and scores a 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres (L/100 km) combined city and highway fuel economy estimate.


9th place: 2021 Chevrolet Traverse FWD LS - $36,498 CAD

In a competitive segment, the Traverse has an advantage over its mid-size/3-row SUV rivals. Larger than most and, thanks to a price that historically starts lower, the Chevy SUV appeals to buyers who appreciate a lot of metal for the money. There’s seating for up to 8 occupants, plus a standard V6 engine that makes an ample 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque mated to a 9-speed transmission that generates an 8.8 L/100 km combined estimate. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) is standard, all-wheel-drive (AWD) optional.


8th place: 2021 Dodge Challenger SXT - $36,265 CAD

The Challenger 2-door 5-passenger coupe is a card-carrying muscle car but follows its path as a practical daily driver, thanks to a roomy cabin, a generous trunk, and a back seat that (just!) holds three passengers. The over-$100k SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody trim’s 797-horsepower V8 tops the range. But the base SXT trim comes with a standard 3.6-litre V6 that makes 303 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque with RWD and 8-speed automatic transmission and is rated at 10.3 L/100 km.


7th place: 2022 Kia Carnival LX - $34,795 CAD

The all-new 2022 Carnival takes over from the Sedona minivan. A standard 3.5-litre V6 endows the Carnival with 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends that power to the front wheels, and scores 12.0 L/100 km in the city and 8.9 highway estimates. With class-leading interior (for up to 8 occupants) and cargo space, the Carnival also offers a lot of advanced safety features and Kia’s long 5-year/100,000-km factory warranty.


6th place: 2021 Nissan Murano S - $34,098

The Murano delivers a premium feel, creamy ride quality, AWD and a standard 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, the Nissan mid-size SUV is rated at a combined 10.4 L/100 km. The Nissan also offers a sleeker, less off-road-ready look for those uninterested in portraying themselves as lumberjacks ready to fell a forest. Plus, the Murano gives plenty of room for its 5 passengers and cargo.


5th place: 2021 Ford F-150 XL - $34,079 CAD

The F-150 full-size pickup truck has been the best-selling truck in Canada for 55 years because it consistently offers capability, value, innovation, and choice—and a V6! With three cab sizes, three bed lengths, multiple powertrains, and various trim levels, the F-150 allow buyers to find a combination that suits their needs and budget. The base XL trim with a Regular Cab, 6.5-foot bed and RWD comes with a 3.3-litre 6-cylinder engine backed by a 10-speed automatic that makes 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, scoring an 11.0 L/100 km combined estimate.


4th place: 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 1LT 6M- $32,058 CAD

Are you looking for an inexpensive new car with 6 cylinders? The RWD 2+2 passenger Camaro 2-door epitomizes bang for the buck and attitude for the dollar. The $71,998 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the ZL1 trim tops the lineup. But for less than half the price, the base 1LT Coupe (a convertible is also an option) comes standard with a 3.6-litre V6 that makes 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque and is rated at 12.0 L/100 km combined. Unlike the Challenger, you’ll need to shift your own gears, as the standard transmission is a 6-speed manual.


3rd place: 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT - $32,048 CAD

As with its best-selling archrival, the F-150, the Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck is available in a dizzying variety of configurations. Engines range from a turbocharged 4-cylinder, 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8s and a turbodiesel 6-cylinder. The most affordable WT trim is a bare-bones RWD Work Truck with a regular cab and crank windows. But at least there’s the standard 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque 4.3-litre V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission that is estimated to get 13.5 L/100 km city and highway combined.


2nd place: 2021 GMC Canyon Elevation - $30,128 CAD

Like its Chevrolet Colorado platform-mate, the GMC Canyon mid-size pickup truck offers a trio of engine choices. The base 4-cylinder engine is adequate. And a turbodiesel 4-cylinder is optional. But for under-$33k, the 2WD Elevation Extended Cab gets an optional 3.6-litre V6 that makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Like all Canyon engines, the gas 6-cylinder mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It provides decent fuel economy (11.3 L/100 km combined), satisfying acceleration, and impressive passing power.


1st place: 2021 Chevrolet Colorado WT - $29,598 CAD

If you don't need the extra room of the Crew Cab bodystyle, and want a 6-cylinder engine in your General Motors's mid-size pickup starting for under $30k, the Colorado in base WT trim is here. As Canada's most affordable new vehicle with a 6-cylinder engine, the Chevy truck uses the same V6 as its GMC Canyon corporate cousin. The low price gets you a Colorado with RWD, Extended Cab body style, Long Box bed length in the base WT (Work Truck ) trim.

*MSRPs as of August 1, 2021.


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