The Best 5 Used SUV's in Canada

October 25, 2018

These are the 5 Best Used SUV's in Canada right now based on affordability, quality, fuel economy and amenities. Which one would you want?

Determining the best used sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Canada was an adventure, simply because there are so many great options to choose from. With the beloved storage space of a wagon-esque body combined with the versatility of multiple-terrain driving options makes the SUV a Canadian favourite. After all, who doesn’t want the weight and strength of a SUV when January arrives?

“Canada Drives is in communication with 10,000's of Canadian car shoppers every month and we have seen a huge increase in the demand for SUVs over the last few years. We thought compiling a list of some of the best-used SUVs in the market would help save you some time researching the best vehicle for your needs.” - Mike Galpin (Co-CEO, Canada Drives)

We wanted this “best of” list to be thorough and include at least one front-wheel drive, one all-wheel drive and one rear-wheel drive, for those who are so inclined. These five SUVs are strictly according to our own criteria; a combination of “owner love”, cost and fuel efficiency.

Like with all our lists, prices are an average from figures gathered across the country. We try our best to provide a median price-point, but we highly recommend using Autotrader.ca and Wheels.ca to get price ranges in your city, and Kelly Blue Book and Canadian Black Book for plenty of consumer reviews.

As always, when buying used, make sure to get a car history report. You can do this through CarProof.com.

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Price range: $30k-$36k

Drive type: All-wheel drive

Years: 2014-2017

With the reliability that Toyota offers, you can grab the V6 2014 4Runner on the lower-end of the above price range if the kilometers are low (considered around 64,000km-70,000km for this year and based on the 23,000km/year standard). Edmunds gives this year and model a consumer rating of 4.5/5 stars with excellent off-roading abilities and plenty of cargo space. It’s fuel efficiency sits at 12.7L/100km for city driving and 9.4L/100km for highway for an average of 11.2L/100km.

Features can include leather interior, stability control, power seats, dual climate controls, rear-view camera, sunroof, modern media functions, nav system and keyless entry. The premium models of the 4Runner can come with fog lights, telescoping steering, tow-hitch receiver and even a spoiler. Some consumer-reported downsides include a cramped third row seat and lack of a diesel engine option. Earlier models than the range above also fare well if you’re looking to save money.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V SUV

Price range: $15k-$25k

Drive type: Front and all-wheel options available

Years: 2012-2014

The CR-V has an incredibly distinguished record for reliability and the models in these years are no exception. It’s a more affordable alternative to the 4Runner, with ample cargo space and rear seat room. Owners report it’s a “fun” drive, as it has a bit more of a compact frame and very responsive handling. It has a 5-star crash-test rating for years 2013 and 2014. In terms of value, it boasts 4.5 out of 5 stars from consumers and a modest 4 stars from various industry expert publications.

With a combined 8L/100km (9.2L for city and 6.6L for highway), it is a bit more of a guzzler than the 4Runner, but it’s important to note that these ones are a bit older. Features include rear view camera, dual climate controls, fog lights, electronic compass and keyless entry, to name a few. Consumer downsides include cloth interior vs leather.

Lexus RX

Lexus RX SUV

Price range: $23k-$32k

Drive type: Front and all-wheel options available

Years: 2012-2013

If a quiet all-terrain adventure in luxury is your idea of a good time, then the moderately-sized Lexus RX is the SUV for you. Consumers boast that it’s an incredibly quiet drive and the vehicle adheres to the Lexus standard of being very reliable. In fact, J.D Power named the Lexus RX the most dependable vehicle in 2013 (in the U.S). In fact, one of the top praises these SUVs receive is how little maintenance they need). Fuel economy is okay, 11.8L/100km in city and 8.3L/100 for highway. If you want extra power and better fuel economy, you can choose the 450h model which is their hybrid model. Like the 4Runner and CR-V, it has excellent cargo space. Luxury features like rain-sensing wipers, heated leather memory seats and adaptive headlights.

Reported downsides are the navigation system which has been said to be less-than reliable and the fuel economy is not as good in the older models than the newer ones in this range. Resale value also puts the RX as a unique addition to our list, due simply because of the brand name.

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Price range: $18k-$27k

Drive type: Front-wheel drive is standard in all but the Signature trim. All-wheel is standard with signature models.

Years: 2014-2016

If you need minivan space but the power of a 4-wheel drive, then the Mazda CX-9 may be for you. Consumers praise its “fun”, responsive steering and very roomy interior. It fits 7 passengers and has very comfortable third-row seating. Fun features include sunroof, fog lights and dual climate controls. Fuel economy is okay, running at 12.8L/100km for city and 9.0L/100km for highway.

Downsides include a bit-less than comfortable drive if you buy the car almost new (the seats need a lot of time to be broken in, allegedly), long rear doors and fickle media system.

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

Price range: $15k-$24k

Drive type: Rear and all-wheel options available

Years: 2015-2016

We promised to include a rear-wheel option, and the Sportage makes the list. Choose from the EX, SX or LX models and pick a variety of bonus features like panorama sunroof, tinted windows, keyless entry, UVO voice-recognition system, leather seats, power driver’s seat and more. Fuel economy is about the same as the Mazda, at 12L/100km for city and 9.1L/100km highway. The Sportage is deemed as a really fun drive and incredibly roomy. Some reported downsides are the somewhat cramped rear seats and rough ride quality. From a safety perspective, the Sportage scored a perfect 5 stars in front and side impact tests, which made it stand out against its competitors.

If you’re ready to get into one of these best used SUVs, click here to contact Canada Drives and see if you’re pre-approved for financing.

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