Whether it’s dining on the patio every evening, reserving weekends for the beach, or driving with the top down, we have to make the most of our beautiful but short Canadian summers. With just a few weeks left in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite cars for soaking up the sun.
1. Hyundai Sonata
We’re starting our list off with a classic choice; the Hyundai Sonata. Praised for its sophisticated style, this newly redesigned sedan is perfect for those looking to make the most of the warm weather. Built with a spacious trunk and the promise of fuel efficiency, the Sonata is perfect for weekend day trips as well as lengthy road trips. Models are available with a panoramic sunroof, too, so you can really take in the warm rays.
2. Mercedes-Benz GLE
If there’s two things that make a summer vacation complete, it’s family and sunshine. Go to the park, the beach, the cottage, and beyond in the GLE SUV from Mercedes-Benz. Use the ample cargo space to stretch out your legs or fill it with coolers and camping gear for the whole family. Available with advanced power options and as a plug-in hybrid, choose or build a GLE that’s right for you this summer.
3. Mazda MX-5 Miata
For some of us, the summer months are sacred for cruising along the beach, zipping down winding mountain passes, and speeding through the countryside. If this sounds like you, meet the Mazda MX-5 Miata. It’s one of the best-selling two-seat roadsters around, and for good reason. The Miata encompasses everything a sports car should: beauty and strength balanced by safety and excellent handling. Most of all, though, it’s just really fun to drive.
4. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is a beast of a machine that begs to be let loose on open roads. Opt. for an EcoBoost engine and convertible top, then cruise along the coast at sunset with the top down. With more power and torque than you can imagine, this legendary ride is for those looking to make a statement as well as some sweet summer memories.
5. Jeep Wrangler
Hear that? The Jeep Wrangler is calling your name into the wild. Boasting comfort, capability, and connectivity, this off-roading icon is just as rugged and ready to explore as you. Up for even more adventure? Take off the roof, and remove the doors. The Wrangler promises a summer you won’t soon forget.
6. Smart Fortwo
The summertime is great for cruising in solitude. Take in the landscape, blast your favourite tunes, and get lost in thought as you zip around corners in a Smart Fortwo. What this little car lacks in space, it makes up in fuel efficiency. As a fully electric vehicle, the Fortwo promises you tons of savings so you can enjoy a little more summer spending.
There’s something for every kind of sun-loving somebody! Thanks to Car and Driver for the great images of these summery vehicles. When the days get shorter and the leaves turn from green to brown, you’ll be glad you spent the summer cruising in any one of these great rides.