Conventional wisdom says a small car loses to a bigger car in a crash. Automakers are telling conventional wisdom where to stick it.
Small cars: then and now
Here in Canada, we buy a lot of small cars. Forget supercars and ultra-luxury limos, small cars are where the real innovations and breakthroughs happen. And, they have. Small vehicles are more like their larger siblings, now, than they ever have been: in technology, yes, but also in size and weight. And, well, that's good and bad.
Small car price differences in Canada
To find out how much and how little a new car buyer can pay for small cars in Canada, we used manufacturer's Build & Price sections to acquire some firm figures on 15 new cars. We tossed in the price of a nicely-equipped version for context. All prices include destination charges but do not take current discounts into account.
15 most fuel efficient small cars in Canada
We expect small cars to be more miserly than big cars. A tank of gas costs plenty, so these lightweight cars, with their smaller engines and inherent sacrifices, must offer some form of return. Using the numbers provided by Canada’s Office Of Energy Efficiency and a little taste from the more realistic U.S. figures, we establish which small cars offer the best fuel economy ratings.
Small cars with big engines
Simple enough formula, but often very hard to do. That's why many of these cars are special limited editions, cooked up by engineers in a fever dream. These are some of our favourites.
Inexpensive cars worth buying
The sub-$20,000 price bracket used to be reserved for terrible cars, but not anymore. Not only are these new subcompacts reliable, efficient, and safe - they're even a little bit fun to drive too:
Carpooling makes sense on many levels—financial, environmental, and social—but unless all of the elements align, it can be costly in other ways. The “work” carpool can be the trickiest to set up and maintain, due to conflicting schedules and personalities. Here's how to get it done.
Top 10 small cars for tall people
Size matters. Small cars are better on gas and easier to park than their bulkier brethren. If you’re tall though, you can easily find yourself with your knees up around your ears, looking more like a clown than a respectable driver. Avoid that humiliation by choosing one of these:
20 econoboxes we'd like to forget
As a kid you'd take the keys to just about anything thrown your way and drive the snot out of it. More than likely, it'd be a cheap and cheerful econobox. We picked this list of 20 memorable econoboxes for a few reasons… but not really because any were notable. Feel free to snicker, point, and exclaim: "Awww! I remember that!"