These days, we all want to shop as locally as possible and support our own country’s businesses. But with some industries and products, surely this is impossible, right?
Well actually, though this may surprise you when it comes to cars, there are plenty of cars made right here in Canada today! These cars are just as suitable for driving in this country, if not, actually, better suited to Canadian drivers’ needs and the country’s unique climate and landscape. So, what are some of these Canadian-made cars? Let’s take a look:
The Honda CR-V
First up is our standard, run-of-the-mill family-oriented Honda CR-V, a smaller crossover car that’s easy on fuel, thanks to its continuously variable transmission, with an extremely practical design.
You might have assumed that this car is completely made in Japan. However, the Honda CR-V is actually manufactured right here in Ontario in Honda’s Alliston factory!
Want to find out more about finding a perfect family car? Check out our previous article on the subject!
The Lexus RX
Another everyday grocery or school run suited five-seater car, both the hybrid and gas models of Toyota’s Lexus RX are put together in Toyota’s Cambridge factory in Ontario, along with Toyota’s modern RAV model, which we will mention below.
The Lexus RX even has an 8-inch touchscreen that’s fully compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, so you can have a real sing-a-long on those school runs together.
You have the option of choosing from a standard 3.5L V6 engine, or an electric 3.5L V6, both of which also give you the option of either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a CVT.
The Toyota RAV4
An exceedingly well-liked car, one of the most well-selling cars in Canada right now Toyota’s popular latest RAV is currently being produced in two separate Canadian factories, one of which is the previously mentioned Cambridge plant, and their other factory in Woodstock.
It’s available as either a gas, hybrid or plug-in hybrid called the RAV4 Prime. All of these options have a four-cylinder 2.5L engine, with Dual Variable Valve Timing and Hybrid Synergy Drive.
There are even great safety features like a backup camera and blind-spot monitor, with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Ford Edge
A medium-sized five-seater SUV, Ford also gives you the option to choose from either a four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a six-cylinder turbocharged engine, manufactured over here in Ford’s truly humongous Oakville plant in Ontario.
The Oakville factory also makes Ford’s equally popular Lincoln Nautilus.
The Ford Edge has a Twin-scroll 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 turbocharged, direct-injection engine, with 8-speed automatic transmission. It is capable of reaching 250 horsepower. You have the option to choose from both front-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive.
The Chrysler Pacifica
Another family-oriented car, the Pacifica beast of a van has all-wheel drive and a hybrid plug-in powertrain.
Not only this, it even has one of the most luxurious trims seen in a family car in recent years, with its own throw cushions included! As well as this, there’s a video feed in the front cabin for you to keep a watchful eye over your kids.
All this family luxury is made in Windsor, Ontario.
The Dodge Grand Caravan
The second big family car on our list, the Dodge Caravan is also an all-wheel-drive with a hybrid plug-in powertrain that’s made in the same Windsor factory as the Pacifica. This powertrain has a six-speed automatic transmission, hooked up to a naturally aspirated 283 horsepower V6 engine.
What’s more is, the Canadian quality 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan comes with striking new red accent stitching on its two updated rows of captain chairs. The driver’s seat is now eight-way power.
And of course, we can’t talk about the Dodge Caravan without mentioning its notorious second row of Stow ‘n Go seats, making it equally as ideal for both bringing home that sofa or Christmas tree or going on a road trip.
The Dodge Caravan does have a basic mod con too; a 6.5-inch screen with an auxiliary port.
In short, the Dodge Grand Caravan is an extremely cheap yet large basic family vehicle, but it may require some maintenance.
The Dodge Charger
You might assume that the Dodge Charger would be built in the same plant as the Caravan, right? It is surprising that it isn’t. However, these cars are both manufactured in the same country – the Dodge Charger is manufactured in Brampton, Ontario.
You could choose the Charger R/T, the model with the bigger 5.7L V8 engine that can yield 370 horsepower. Or you could also go for one of the all-wheel drive models which have a mere V6 engine.
Regardless of the model you choose, all Dodge Chargers include an 8.4-inch touchscreen to display Dodge’s own Uconnect software. But, you could also add a leather-wrapped performance steering wheel.
The Dodge Challenger
Similar to the Dodge Charger at over 700 horsepower, this modern car is currently put together in Brampton, Ontario, too. A five-seater with an 8.4-inch touchscreen running Dodge’s Uconnect multimedia system, you and your family will have a whale of a time on those long drives.
Plus, with a memory feature that lets you calibrate the power-adjustable steering column, side mirrors, driver’s seat, and even radio presets when it’s time for your son, daughter, or spouse to take it for a swing, adjusting everything back to the way you like it afterward is an absolute doddle!
The all-wheel-drive standard Dodge Challenger has a V6 engine that gives 305 horsepower as standard. Or if you want a little more power, go for the V8 option, which can yield 485 horsepower. Whichever you choose, they’re both extremely fuel-efficient.
The Chrysler 300
Another car made right here in Brampton, Ontario, with an 8.4-inch touchscreen that has full support for both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, as well as amazing safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, it’s not hard to see why the spacious Chrysler 300 is so popular throughout Canada, especially among big families.
Not only this, with leather-trimmed, ventilated front seats that heat up, the Chrysler 300 also offers plenty of luxury.
As well as this, with the Chrysler 300’s all-wheel drive, and V8 5.7L HEMI® engine, capable of producing 363 horsepower and 394-pound feet of torque you’ll be able to take anything the seasons throw at you.
Whichever of these Canadian-made cars you choose, of course, you’ll need to get it insured. But did you know that the cost of insurance in some parts of Canada can be incredibly high? If you’re looking for cheap insurance, one good provider is Surex.