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Best Rental Car for Winter Driving in Canada

Winter road in snowy forest of Ontario, CA

Will you be renting a car in Canada this winter? For those who are new to driving in winter conditions, it can be difficult to find the perfect car for your needs. VroomVroomVroom shares with you a list of the best and most popular rental cars and important winter tips to get the most out of your Canadian road trip.

Best car brands for winter driving

  • Honda CR-V - This mid-size crossover makes an excellent ride of choice for driving in the snow. It is fuel-efficient and comfortable for the whole family. Fuel economy can easily reach into the 30s, and thanks to a roomy interior, the Honda CR-V looks bigger than it is. 
  • Kia Sorento - This family SUV comes with power, capability, and most standard features. With all-wheel-drive (AWD) available across the range (except base L trim), the Sorento is definitely a steal for its size.
  • Subaru Crosstrek - The Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with Yakima ski and snowboard racks, making them perfect for a ski trip. Furthermore, their advanced AWD system offers you more security in icy conditions and winter weather.
  • Jeep Patriot - This vehicle offers extra roomy interiors, leaving loads of space for your gear. 
  • Mazda CX-9 - Another vehicle that will get you through the winter with ease and confidence is this compact crossover. With  excellent fuel-economy and enough space for your luggage, this car is a perfect winter car for your next trip. 
  • Ford Fusion - Are you after a reliable mid-size car? A Ford Fusion is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, making it a top performer when the going gets snowy.

Most popular winter rental cars in Canada

Based on VroomVroomVroom data, check out what our customers prefer renting during winter:

  1. Dodge Grand Cara  (14.69%)
  2. Toyota Camry (10.96%)
  3. Chrysler Sedan (6.94%)
  4. Kia Rio (6.63%)
  5. Toyota Corolla (4.55%)
  6. Toyota Yaris (3.93%)
  7. Chevy Malibu (3.77%)
  8. Jeep Compass (3.75%)
  9. Chevrolet (3.74%)
  10. Mazda Cx9 (3.56%)

Note: Results were based on VroomVroomVroom's car rental bookings (Dec. 21, 2017 to March 20, 2018).


When renting a car in Canada for winter...

Make sure your rental car is covered by insurance. Read our How Does Car Rental Insurance Work in Canada article to understand what car rental Insurance options will suit your needs. Be careful of black ice. Note that if it's below freezing (and/or recently precipitated), drive slow and avoid slamming on the brakes. If you get stuck in snow, turn off the traction control on the car as this adjusts breaking and tire speeds when driving to prevent the car from skidding or spinning. When you are already stuck, it will hinder your ability to get out of the snow.