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Most Popular Family Vehicles in Canada

While many Canadians look forward to their annual Family Day long weekend road trip each February, this year’s travel plans may be limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But depending on your local travel restrictions, there may be no better time than now to getaway. And if you’re looking for alternatives to flying, there may be no better way to travel than by four wheels.


If you are in the market for a new family vehicle, no matter how big or small your family is, from sub-compact cars to full-size pickup trucks, here are KBB.ca’s most popular family vehicles* in Canada.


Sub-compact Car: 2021 Chevrolet Spark 


The sub-compact 2021 Chevrolet Spark is not as bargain-basement in its offerings as some of its rivals. The 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-door hatchback comes with plenty of technology (it prioritizes connectivity over convenience by installing smartphone integration but going with manually operated windows). The small Chevy’s tidy footprint and tight turning circle make it easy to park. Its excellent highway fuel economy (6.2 litres per 100 kilometres) will reduce the number of fill-ups on long family drives.


Sub-compact SUV: 2021 Hyundai Kona


In a burgeoning segment, the 5-passenger 2021 Hyundai Kona is the most popular sub-compact SUV in Canada for many reasons. Although some of the Hyundai's rivals offer limited powertrain options, the Kona's menu includes front- or all-wheel-drive (AWD), non-turbocharged and turbocharged gas engines, plus an electric version (boasting an estimated range of 415 kilometres between charges). In the end, the Kona delivers plenty of choice and value for Canadian families on a. budget.


Compact Car: 2021 Honda Civic 


Why is the 2021 Honda Civic Canada's most popular new passenger car? One thing is resale values, where the compact Civic excels. Rock-solid reliability is another. And while the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Civic may be compact on the outside, it's quite roomy inside. The 5-passenger Honda is also available as a sedan or a very usable hatchback body style. Offered with a wide range of engines and trim styles, the Honda Civic remains an excellent choice for Canadian families.


Compact SUV: 2021 Toyota RAV4


Although the styling makes it appear like the truck-based 4Runner mid-size SUV, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is built on Toyota’s latest global architecture platform shared with the Camry mid-size sedan. This base gives the FWD or AWD, 5-passenger RAV4 its solid feel, excellent safety scores and car-like ride and handling. The RAV4 offers good power and fuel economy, and its Hybrid and Prime plug-in electric models serve as both performance and fuel-economy leaders.


Mid-size Car: 2021 Toyota Camry 


The popular 2021 Toyota Camry is an easy-to-recommend mid-size family sedan. Following its latest redesign, the Camry’s sharper exterior is wrapped around a new chassis that provides unexpected driving thrills. This latest-generation Camry continues to offer a variety of powertrain options (4- and 6-cylinder gas engines, and hybrid), comfortable driving manners, the availability of AWD, and new safety technology. Excellent resale and dependability also make this comfortable 5-seater sedan a must-consider for families.


Mid-size SUV: 2021 Jeep Wrangler


As the most-popular mid-size SUV in Canada, the Jeep Wrangler is a rare vehicle that needs no introduction. Its off-road capabilities are legendary. It’s as comfortable crawling over boulders as it is dropping off the kids at school or hitting the highway. Buyers can choose from the 2-door/4-passenger Wrangler or roomier 4-door/5-passenger Wrangler Unlimited. New for 2021 is the Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid Jeep with an estimated 40 kilometres of electric-only range.


Mid-size Truck: 2021 Toyota Tacoma


Even with fresher rivals, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma remains the most popular mid-size truck in Canada. The four-wheel-drive 2021 Toyota Tacoma is available in 4-passenger Access Cab and 5-passenger Double Cab body styles. Its lone engine is a gasoline 6-cylinder that still has the muscle and capability to handle tough jobs. The Toyota truck can suit a wide range of needs and tastes, from an economical work truck to an off-road beast to a daily family hauler.


Full-size Car: 2021 Dodge Charger


Most family sedans are mundane machines carrying out everyday duties around ordinary suburbs. The rear-wheel-drive- or AWD  2021 Dodge Charger can certainly do that—its 5-passenger cabin is roomy and quiet. But it’s capable of so much more, as its traditional muscle-car styling implies. Powerful V8 models are available (including the new-for-2021 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye, the most powerful production sedan in the world.), but even the base V6 versions produce significant horsepower.


Full-size SUV: 2021 Ford Expedition 


The 2021 Ford Expedition’s full-size capability boasts abundant cargo space and room for up to 8 adults. For Canadians who need even more room, the Expedition Max adds a 23-centimetre longer wheelbase and about an extra 30 centimetres of overall length over the regular Expedition, with the requisite amount of additional cargo space. With an accommodating interior, refined road manners, and superior towing abilities, the 2021 Ford Expedition is a popular full-size SUV choice with Canadians.


Full-size Truck: 2021 Ford F150 


With three cab sizes, three bed lengths, and six powertrains, the Ford F150 allows buyers to find a combination that suits their family’s needs and budget. For 2021, the F150 is mostly all-new. Ford updated the styling and redesigned the interior, which now features a new infotainment system and more work and storage solutions. There’s also a new hybrid powertrain option and the availability of an onboard generator, and Ford has updated almost every engine in the lineup.


Station Wagon: 2021 Subaru Outback 


Although classified as an SUV, the 2021 Subaru Outback continues as the station wagon version of the Legacy AWD mid-size sedan, but with a slew of SUV attributes. The 5-passenger Outback provides plenty of passenger room and utility, starting with its generous cargo space with the rear seats folded. For colder Canadian days, heated front seats are standard, while heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are available on higher trims.


Minivan: 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid


Last overhauled in 2010, the all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid sports an all-new exterior design closer to its Highlander 3-row SUV sibling. The revamped interior includes a standard 7-passenger layout with 3-across seating in the third row and an 8-passenger version. As its name implies, the Sienna Hybrid comes only with a gas-electric powertrain that delivers 245 horsepower and impressive 6.5 L/100 km (FWD) and 6.7 L/100 km (AWD) combined fuel economy estimates.

*Vehicle sales based on manufacturer-supplied information between January 1 and December 31, 2020.



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