Top 5 subcompact SUVs: Qashqai, Kona, CX-3, Crosstrek, EcoSport

In 2020, just over 80% of the vehicles sold in the country were in the so-called light truck categories. Light trucks include pickup trucks and all types of SUVs, and the trend appears to be continuing.

Across the industry, excluding pickup trucks, SUVs account for about 50% of sales. This leaves plenty of room for a lot of interesting products, including those in a segment that has been growing steadily over the past five years, that of subcompact SUVs.

Today,, your used car dealerships for sale in Baie-Comeau, La Malbaie, Chicoutimi, Alma and Sept-Îles, present to you what the top five players in the segment have to offer on the used car market.

Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai made its debut in 2017 in our country, but it was already a proven model, since the generation that is still with us has been criss-crossing European roads since 2013. In fact, the first Qashqai was introduced in Europe in 2006 and is one of the most popular SUVs there.

With the Qashqai, you get your hands on a spacious, comfortable, fun to drive and frugal model, which results from an interesting mechanical combination. The latter consists of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque) and a continuously variable transmission. You can also find models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission on the used-vehicle market.

Hyundai Kona

The Kona came on the market in 2018 and since then, people have been tearing it up. Although the beauty of a design remains a subjective matter, it’s safe to say that the Kona is one of the most beautiful vehicles to have emerged in recent years. As a bonus, it offers an enviable quality/price ratio, an interesting driving experience and a wide choice of powertrains.

Indeed, it can be found with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder (147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque) or a 1.6-litre turbo 4-cylinder (175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque). And that’s without counting on the all-electric variant. Truth be told, you’re making a more than interesting choice with one of the Kona’s variants.

Mazda CX-3

With the Mazda CX-3, lovers of inspired driving come together. Powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque), it offers energetic performance, but above all, road handling that invites sporty driving. Its practical size also makes it easy to park anywhere.

Manual or automatic transmissions are available to support the model’s engines. In both cases, the gearboxes are set at a quarter turn. And interestingly, its reliability rating borders on perfection. A more than safe purchase!

Subaru Crosstrek

If you’re looking for a sub-compact SUV with unmatched all-wheel-drive capability, look no further than the Subaru Crosstrek to find what you’re looking for. With its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque), it’s got plenty of life under the hood.

Available in multiple configurations (you can even find a plug-in hybrid version on the used market), it’s sure to meet your needs for cargo capacity and driving pleasure. In fact, its main calling card lies in the confidence you feel behind the wheel of this vehicle. You only have to drive it in the worst possible conditions to realize how solid it is.

Ford EcoSport

Finally, with the Ford EcoSport, you’re getting your hands on a model that’s proven itself over and over again. When the EcoSport was introduced in dealerships across the province in 2018, this exact model had already been driven on roads worldwide since 2012. In fact, its origins date back to 2003 in Europe. Therefore, it’s a proven model that feels at home anywhere.

As for the experience it offers, it’s a lot of fun. Thanks to its very compact size, it is very easy to handle. Two choices await you under the hood, depending on the version. First of all, a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine (123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque) and a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque). 

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Five vehicles, five interesting choices! To make the right choice, there’s nothing better than an online visit to your dealerships or in person in the Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord and Charlevoix regions.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021

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