List of Canada’s Best Small Cars of 2016


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Canada’s Top 10 Best Small Cars of 2016

Find out what the Best Small Cars of 2016 in Canada are as recommended by auto experts. Our panel of Experts has shortlisted different Cars in various categories based on various parameters.

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Canada’s Best Small Cars of 2016: Top 10

1. Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a small family car produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen since 1974, marketed worldwide across seven generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada

Specifications:

Vehicle Type:

  • Front-engine
  • Front-wheel-drive
  • 5-passenger

Engine Type:

  • Turbocharged and Intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4
  • Iron block and aluminum head
  • Direct fuel injection

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Dimensions:

  • Curb weight: 2984 lb
  • Wheelbase: 103.8
  • Width: 70.8 in Height: 57.2
  • Length: 167.5

Fuel Economy: EPA city/Highway: 25/37 mpg

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Magical Chassis Tune
  • Better engine
  • Feels refined on the road

Negative Revews:

  • Dull, Conservative interior
  • More expensive

2. Honda Fit

Honda Fit

The Honda Fit, also marketed as the Honda Jazz, is a four-door, front-engine, front-wheel drive subcompact car manufactured and marketed by Honda since 2001 and now in its third generation. Marketed worldwide and manufactured at ten plants in eight countries

Specifications:

  • Engine – Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.5 L
  • EPA Class – Small Station Wagon
  • Style Name – LX Manual
  • Drivetrain – Front Wheel Drive
  • Passenger Capacity – 5
  • Passenger Doors – 4
  • Body Style – 4dr Car
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Gas Mileage – 29 mpg City/37 mpg Hwy

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Spacious interior
  • Class Leading

Negative Reviews:

Noisy Engine

3. Nissan Micra SV

Nissan Micra SV

Nissan Micra®. A 5-door, easy-to-drive subcompact car that’s super affordable, a breeze on maintenance, and a genius on gas. This is what happens when Nissan engineering, performance, and capability all come together in a fun, reliable car made for your roads and your life.

Specifications:

  • 5-speed manual transmission (4-speed automatic available)
  • 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats [*]
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack
  • 15″ x 5.5″ steel wheels with wheel covers

Fuel Economy:

  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission – 6.6 Highway 8.6 City
  • 4-Speed Automatic Transmission – 6.6 Highway 8.8 City

Capacities:

  • Interior passenger volume – L (cu. ft.) – 2472 (87.3)
  • Cargo volume with rear seats up – L (cu. ft.)- 407.8 (14.4)
  • Cargo volume with rear seats folded – L (cu. ft.)- 819.5 (28.94)
  • Fuel tank – L (Imp. gal.) – 41.0 (9.0)

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Low price
  • Spacious Inside
  • Smooth ride

Negative Reviews:

  • Noisy
  • Not Efficient

4. Mini Cooper

MINI Cooper

Mini Cooper comes in several different body styles. The three-door hatchback, by far the most recognizable, was the first to be offered in a new and redesigned generation for the 2014 model year.

Specifications:

  • Engine – 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine makes 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission – Six-speed manual with rev-matching or six speed automatic.
  • Fuel Economy: 30 MPG in the city, 41 MPG on the highway and averages 34 MPG combined.

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Solid power delivery
  • Available features
  • Exudes fun personality

Negative Reviews:

  • Pricey
  • Fuel Economy is hit

5. KIA FORTE5 LX+

KIA FORTE5 LX+

Forte5 seamlessly blends the practicality of a hatchback with the performance and handling of a sport coupe. LX and EX models come standard with a slick 2.0-litre, 173-horsepower gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine rated at 8.0L/100 km on the highway and 11.1L/100 km in the city

Specifications:

  • Engine – GDI 4-cylinder engine with dual cam variable valve timing (D-CVVT)
  • Horsepower – 173 @ 6,500 rpm
  • Torque – 154 @ 4,700 rpm
  • Transmission – 6-speed manual

Major Features:

  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Electric power steering (EPS)
  • 6 airbags (Advanced dual front, dual front side and dual curtain)
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Hill Assist Control (HAC)
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear cooling vent
  • Keyless entry w/panic feature
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise control
  • Trip computer
  • Sunglass holder
  • Map lights
  • Front & rear splash guards
  • Spoiler
  • Stainless steel exhaust tip
  • Cloth seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Centre console sliding armrest
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Height adjusting driver seat
  • Power door locks
  • Impact-sensing door unlock
  • Two-turn unlock (driver side)
  • Central door lock
  • Power windows
  • Obstacle-detecting front windows
  • Express down driver window
  • Power sideview mirrors
  • Heated sideview mirrors
  • Sideview mirror signal repeaters
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite stereo2
  • AUX & USB input ports
  • Bluetooth wireless technology1
  • 6 speakers
  • Body-coloured sideview mirrors and outside door handles
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Solar glass
  • Fog Lights

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Sleek and modern styling
  • Well-equipped for the asking price
  • Refined and Quiet ride

Negative Reviews:

Uninspiring engine

6. MAZDA3

MAZDA3

The Mazda 3 proves that economical, fuel-efficient cars, Mazda3 sedan and Sport hatchback models have been Mazda Canada’s perennial bestseller. Mazda managed to make the Mazda3 look and drive as well as the new cars from the luxury competition. The well-spaced gear ratios of its six-speed ‘box aided here, as did the gear shifter’s crisp actions and an easy-to-employ clutch.

Specifications:

Engine:

  • Engine Type – Regular Unleaded I-4
  • Displacement – 2.0 L/122
  • Fuel System – Direct Gasoline Injection
  • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM – 155 @ 6000
  • SAE Net Torque @ RPM – 150 @ 4000

Fuel Tank Capacity Approx – 13.2 gal

Power : 184 hp @5,700 rpm; 185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,250 rpm

Mileage:

  • EPA Fuel Economy Est Hwy : 41 MPG
  • Cruising Range City: 382.80 mi
  • EPA Fuel Economy Est City : 29 MPG
  • Fuel Economy Est Combined : 33 MPG
  • Cruising Range Hwy : 541.20 mi

Emissions:

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year – 5.5

Tyres:

  • Front Tire Size – P205/60HR16
  • Rear Tire Size – P205/60HR16
  • Spare Tire Size – Compact

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Exhibits Excellent Driving
  • Very Good Fuel Economy
  • Spacious interior

Negative Reviews:

  • Poor infotainment system
  • Blase styling

7. HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT GLS

HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT GLS

Elantra GT brings a European touch to our Canadian line up with its sporty design, handling and driving characteristics. Muscular wheel arches provide a subtle hint of its eagerness to tackle the curviest of roads.

Specifications:

Performance Features:

  • City (MT) 9.8L/100 km, Hwy (MT) 7.1L/100 km, Combined (MT) 8.6L/100km
  • 173hp 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Duacl Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and Gasoline
  • Direct Injection (GDI)
  • 6-Speed Manual Gearbox
  • 16 x 6.5J Alluminium-Alloy Wheels
  • Safety Features
  • Airbags (7): Dual Front airbags, Front and Rear Seat-Mounted Side-Impact, Roof-Mounted Side-Curtain and
  • Driver’s Knee Airbags
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)2
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

Interior Features:

  • 4-Way Manually Adjustable Front Passenger’s Seat
  • 172- Watt AM/FM/SiriusXM™/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers
  • 8-Way Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat with Lumbar Support
  • Air Conditioning, Manual Climate Control
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone system
  • Door Trim, Cloth Inserts
  • Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM)
  • Front Centre Console with Storage Compartment (Fixed Armrest)
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Premium Cloth Seating Surfaces
  • Hidden Cargo-Area Storage Compartment
  • iPod®/USB/Auxiliary Connectivity
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows, Driver’s Auto-Down
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio and Telephone Controls
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Cruise Controls
  • Tilt-and-Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Door Locks, 2-Turn Unlock, Inside Handle Override
  • Power windows, Front and Rear
  • Proximity Keyless Entry with Push-Button Ignition
  • Sunvisors, Illuminated Vanity Mirrors with Extensions

Exterior Features:

  • Dual Power-Adjustable Heated Side Mirrors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Projection Headlights
  • Headlights Escort Function
  • Automatic Headlights
  • LED Side Mirror Turn Signal Repeaters
  • Fog Lights

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Very good fuel economy
  • Makes a styling statement
  • Sleek hatchback GT is fun to drive

Negative Reviews:

Tight backseat

8. HONDA CIVIC EX

HONDA CIVIC EX

Honda Civic remains conservative at its core, with dressy styling and a spacious space-age interior. The Honda Civic is a line of compact cars manufactured by Honda. Originally a subcompact, the Civic has gone through several generational changes, become both larger and more upmarket.

Specifications:

Technical Features:

  • 143-hp (SAE Net), 1.8-Liter, 16-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC® 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
  • Eco Assist™ System
  • ULEV-2/PZEV CARB Emissions Rating
  • MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • 16-Inch Alloy Wheels

Interior Features:

  • Automatic Climate Control
  • i-MID with 5-Inch LCD Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
  • Honda LaneWatch™[10]
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink
  • SMS Text Message Function
  • Push Button Start
  • Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver’s Window
  • Power Door Locks
  • Cruise Control
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Cruise, Audio, Phone and i-MID Controls
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Center Console with Sliding Armrest and Storage Compartment
  • Map Lights
  • Rear-Seat Center Armrest
  • Floor Mats
  • 12-Volt Power Outlet
  • 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback
  • 160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 6 Speakers
  • 7-inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen, Rearview Camera
  • with Dynamic Guidelines and Customizable Feature Settings
  • HondaLink® Next Generation
  • Pandora® Compatibility
  • Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
  • Display Audio Interface
  • USB Audio Interface (front and center console)
  • MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) Playback Capability
  • Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)
  • Exterior Temperature Indicator

Exterior Features:

  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Security System with Remote Entry and Trunk Release
  • Smart Entry
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
  • Body- Colored Power Side Mirrors, including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Standard equipment impressive
  • Smooth ride, litle noise

Negative Reviews:

Hybrid rough at low speeds

9. MITSUBISHI I-MIEV

MITSUBISHI I-MIEV

The journey has begun to a new world where cars are clean and quiet, and i-MiEV is leading the way. 100% electric, yet offering surprising power and a smooth, quiet ride, i-MiEV is redefining the way the world drives.

Specifications:

  • Engine – Electric
  • EPA Class – Subcompact Cars
  • Style Name – 4dr HB ES
  • Drivetrain- Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passenger Capacity – 4
  • Passenger Doors – 4
  • Body Style – 4dr Car

Transmission: 1-speed direct drive

Fuel Economy: EPA city/highway: 126/99 MPGe

Motor Type: AC permanent magnet synchronous, 66 hp, 145 lb-ft

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Much lower 2014 price
  • Nimble in town, easy to park

Negative Reviews:

  • Requires Folding down seats
  • Marginal highway performance

10. Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV and iconic Soul were redesigned together to provide exceptional comfort and maximum flexibility. The Soul EV’s split-folding rear seats offer class-leading cargo space and a variety of storage options. And the under-floor battery means plenty of interior space for your friends. From the exclusive bio-sourced materials and available leather seating all the way down to the distinctive highlight stitching—this modern interior looks, feels, and does good.

Specifications:

Vehicle Type:

  • Front-wheel-drive
  • Front-motor
  • 5-door wagon
  • 5-passenger

Motor Type:

Permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor, 109-hp, 210-lb-ft; 27-kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery pack

Transmissions: 1-speed direct drive

Fuel Economy: EPA city/highway: 120/92 MPGe

Customer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

  • Excellent acceleration and driveability
  • Electric-powered torque is instantaneous

Negative Reviews:

It makes it difficult for taller people to drive.