When people choose a new car, they always strive to find the best value for less money. It can be quite an enjoyable hobby for some, as you might spend weeks searching for the best price right after you’ve decided on the car you want. With websites like autotrader.ca, you will save time, however, nobody can promise you 100% quality even for cars like Mercedes or BMW.
With 2 million vehicles that were sold last year in Canada, we chose the best and worst cars in ten different categories based on customer perception of the cars value.
This list is based on our research and data from the Consumer Reports website. Information in this article is accurate as of June 2017 and will be updated in the future.
Best value: Honda Fit
The Honda Fit has been for many years considered one of the best affordable small cars on the market. Contributing factors are excellent fuel economy and reliability. The Fit is the best car for city driving, but don’t expect incredible results on the highways or off-road.
Worst Value: Nissan Versa Note
A slight percentage of buyers of the Versa Note were satisfied with their purchase. This Nissan car has an engine capacity of 1.6 liters and an output of 109 horsepower with a nasty five-speed gearbox and suspension, which derives any pleasure from driving this vehicle.
Best value: Hyundai Elantra
This is exactly the kind of situation where you get what you paid for. Hyundai is a family sedan that has aboard everything you need, including support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are several modifications of the machine depending on power and options made available at your finger tips, so finding the right option won’t be hard for you.
Worst value: Chrysler 200
Lack of refinement made this Chrysler one of the worst cars in its class. The model 200 is the first attempt to enter the market of compact and inexpensive cars, however, this experience has widely been considered a failure. Bad handling and problems with the gearbox make the driving experience of the car a dubious pleasure even for the least demanding of customers.
Best value: Chevrolet Impala
Unlike most models of the brand, the Chevrolet Impala was successful from the very beginning of its production. A large trunk and spacious interior of the car makes the ride comfortable. Excellent driving performance only increases the number of pros, which outnumbered the cons.
Worst value: Nissan Maxima
Maxima for many buyers was an unpleasant surprise because the car is positioned as a large vehicle. Beautiful visual appearance should not fool you because the car has less than stellar ride characteristics such as poor handling and below average fuel economy. Therefore, your dollars could be spent much better on one of its competitors.
Best value: Hyundai Genesis G80
Genesis gives you much more than the competitors in the same price range. Under the hood, you will find a V6 engine with 311-hp equipped with rear-wheel drive. Also, the decor in this car is gorgeous, and it’s coupled with the support of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a remote starter. This makes the Genesis one of the best in Hyundai’s model line.
Worst value: Cadillac XTS
This model was plagued with failures from the beginning of its production. This was mainly due to the bad quality of the interior and exterior, as well as numerous mechanical problems. It’s no wonder that among XTS buyers it didn’t get a lot of love and was the most criticized.
Best value: Mazda MX-5 Miata
This car has virtually no competitors in its class. For 35K you’ll get an economical 155 horsepower 2.0-litre engine (fuel consumption – up to 7L/100 km hwy), and the ability to turn the car into a convertible within a minute. Instead, the vehicle will give great driving pleasure and satisfaction from your money spent. Fair deal, eh?
Worst value: BMW 2 Series
BMW is clearly an expensive choice as a first sports car. Extra options will be worth a lot of money, but is it worth it? We doubt it. This car (like all BMW’s in general) is costly to maintain. Along with all of the above, it becomes clear why only a small percentage of buyers, in the end were satisfied with this purchase.
Best value: Chrysler Pacifica
This car arrived in 2017 to reclaim Chrysler’s minivan throne and did it with a huge success. The first word that comes to your mind after a careful study of the Pacifica is safety. You can expect more than 100 different safety features, including adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera. Moreover, for 30K you will also get a V6 260-hp engine and nine-speed automatic transmission that reduces the fuel consumption in comparison with the previous model up to 31 mpg.
Worst value: Ford Transit Connect
The Transit Connect is much cheaper than Pacifica, and it shows. Ford offers its customers what the are paying for. Yes, you will get a massive trunk with a payload of 1610 pounds, and some good specs. On the other hand, the quality of the interior is dramatically low, and the lack of safety features will probably discourage you to buy this car for your family. We advise you to pay attention to other minivan models.
Best value: Honda CR-V
The CR-V has the competency, versatility, and reliability you’d expect from a Honda. This car is fun-to-drive if you’re a driver or passenger. The interior is excellent and very spacious. In the basic model, you will get a 2.4-liter four 184-hp engine, which will be enough for a comfortable drive in the city and highways. Also, this Honda model line gives its owners a high level of safety.
Worst value: Jeep Patriot
If you’re looking for a cheap off-roader, then Jeep Patriot might work for you. It has four-wheel drive and Uconnect infotainment, which will entertain you on the road. However, you will unlikely buy this vehicle even on the discount. Why? Well, Patriot is no joy ride and feels disgusting on the road according to many consumers. Our feeling is that only masochists will be able to enjoy driving this car.
Best value: Audi Q7
Q7 is one of the best cars in its class, while being significantly cheaper than its competitors. In the base version, you will get a 252-HP engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This all-wheel drive vehicle has an interior nothing short of incredible, which comes loaded with the latest technology, including support for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a Virtual Cockpit.
Worst value: Lexus LX
Despite the spacious interior, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, park assist and adaptive cruise control, the LX is inferior to its competitors in other categories. This car is complicated to drive due to the unresponsive steering, dismal braking and weak performance on rough terrain. This is definitely not what you expect from a vehicle that cost 100K, so the customer disappointment can be understood.
Best value: Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is already a legendary car in North America. The base 3.5-liter V6 engine has excellent towing capability thanks to its powerful 6-speed automatic transmission. Different types of bodies (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), as well as beds, make the F-150 a perfect choice for all pickup truck fans.
Worst value: Nissan Frontier
The Frontier’s design has not been updated since 2005, with only small cosmetic changes which were made in 2009. At the moment, Nissan has no plans to release a new model, which is mainly due to a significant number of negative reviews from the owners. The car is simply inferior in many respects to competitors and can only be offered at a lower price as an incentive. However, this is unlikely to be enough for fussy buyers of pickup trucks.
Hybrid and electric cars
Best value: Chevrolet Bolt EV
If you are looking for the best electric car (after Tesla, of course), it is the Chevrolet Bolt EV that will appear at the top of the list. The electric motor has 200-hp and allows the car to accelerate to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The vehicle feels both good on city roads and on highways. In the cabin, you’ll find a 10.2-inch touchscreen with support for 4G LTE networks, and operating systems from Apple and Android.
Worst value: Toyota Prius C
Take the body of the Toyota Yaris and put the hybrid engine from the Prius and then eventually you will get the Prius C – one of the worst hybrid cars on the market. The power of the motor does not even reach 100-hp, and the EPA rates combined are 45 mpg, which will discourage you to pay attention to this model.