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Best Rental Car for Winter Driving in Canada

Winter road in snowy forest of Ontario, CA

Driving in snow, frost, ice and wintertime can reduce visibility or increase the risk of skidding on the road. That's why you need to be really smart when picking a rental car to keep you and your passengers out of harm. Fortunately, there are so many vehicle options to choose from to suit your needs at VroomVroomVroom. We compare deals from major car rental providers including Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, National, Budget, Avis and Enterprise. To help you decide which type of rental car to book while you are in Canada, we came up with a list of the best car brands for winter weather. Further, we also provided some helpful driving tips you can consider to keep you safe on winter roads.

Best car brands for winter driving

  • Honda CR-V - This midsize crossover makes an excellent ride of choice for driving in the snow. It is fuel efficient and really comfortable. Fuel economy can easily reach into the 30s, and thanks to a roomy interior, the Honda CR-V looks bigger than it actually is. 
  • Kia Sorento - This family SUV comes with power, capability, and a lot of 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. Further, 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. Low temps call for more layers, so you will never have to worry about packing knowing that the trunk has enough space for your entire winter wardrobe, plus a few emergency supplies, just in case.
  • Mazda CX-3 - Another vehicle that will get you through the winter with ease and confidence is this compact crossover. With affordable (AWD), the X-3 boasts an excellent fuel-economy numbers, as well as car-like driving manners and a taller ride height. 
  • Ford Fusion - Need a reliable midsize car? 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 vehicle types in CA

If you didn't find anything in our list, then you may want to check out what our customers prefer renting during the winter season. Based on our own data, we have come up with the most booked rental cars on winter. Make sure to read our SIPP Codes Explained page to understand how car rental code system works.

  1. ECAR (24.15%)
  2. CCAR (16.09%)
  3. ICAR (15.52%)
  4. IFAR (9.17%)
  5. FCAR (8.28%)
  6. MVAR (7.78%
  7. SFAR (6.09)
  8. SCAR (3.74%)
  9. FFAR (2.35%)
  10. XXAR (1.49%)

Note: Results were based on VroomVroomVroom's car rental bookings (Dec. 21, 2016 to March 20, 2017)

Don't hesitate to contact us if you require further assistance or information in finding a specific car.

Winter driving tips in Canada

  • Here's the No. 1 rule  to follow: drive slowly! 
  • Keep in mind that just because a vehicle accelerates in the snow doesn't mean it will easily turn or stop.
  • Avoid driving in side streets that might not be well-maintained or plowed if you can. Allot some time for the city to plow before you go out.
  • Don't feel pressured by the speed of other drivers. 
  • Use your headlights to be as visible as possible of the other drivers around you.
  • 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, make sure to 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.
  • Make sure your rental car are covered. Read our How Does Car Rental Insurance Work in Canada to know
    what type of car rental Insurance do you need.
  • Of course, some road conditions can be very difficult for any vehicle. Be patient. If a storm arrives or you just don't feel safe behind the wheel, simply delay or hold off on driving until the weather improves and roads/streets are ready.