Being on a budget no longer means that big sacrifices need to be made. In 2017, it is possible to get a car that features AWD and a better than decent level of equipment for $30,000 or less.
The following list contains 10 of our favorite going into 2018.
2018 Ford Ecosport
This perky little ‘ute promises to deliver on its name, and it’s cute too.
2018 Honda HR-V
Only the HR-V’s outer dimensions are compact. Very roomy and versatile.
2017 Jeep Renegade
Pocket-sized Jeep with all the attitude and loads of capability.
2018 Kia Sportage
Loads of styling and kit for the money. Lovely to drive with good power.
2018 Mazda CX-3
One of the best looking compact ‘utes in the business. Peppy, cheerful but tight on the inside.
2018 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4
This big mini is a joy to drive and looks upscale.
2018 Nissan Qashqai
Stylish, roomy and so Euro-Japanese. Another Nissan ‘ute winner.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
More refined and just as rugged as it was. A perfect Canadian winter travel companion.
2018 Toyota RAV4
A perennial favorite with an excellent reputation. Always a wise choice.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4 MOTION
The last and only compact station wagon. Drives and hauls gear as good as it looks.