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Best First Cars: Good Choices for New & Young Drivers

Oct 19, 2018

2019 Toyota Prius

Best Sedans

  • Starting Price
  • $16,790
  • Safety Features
  • Toyota’s new Safety Sense system (TSS-P) is standard on the 2019 Corolla and includes a pre-collision avoidance system that assists in warning the driver of potential dangers. Also included are automatic high beams, a lane departure alert system as well as dynamic radar cruise control.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • • 8 Airbags
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Modern & Aerodynamic Exterior: Ride in style with the 2019 Corolla. The latest design includes a sleek front grille and bumper designs. Driving the Corolla is sure to turn heads.
  • Stay Entertained on the Road: The 2019 Corolla comes standard with a 6.1” touchscreen and steering wheel-mounted controls including AM/FM radio, USB/Aux input, Bluetooth capability, and 6-speakers. You’ll want to have a roster of good playlists ready with this vehicle!
  • Impressively Low Emissions: The 2019 Corolla is equipped with a standard 132-hp, 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that achieves ultra-low emissions status. With a fuel efficiency rating of 8.4L per 100km (City) and 6.5L per 100km (Hwy) – you’ll get the best use of your gas.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “Very pleased with the car. No issues so far. Fun to drive, Toyota quality, and I'm enjoying the advanced features like lane departure [alert] and [dynamic] radar cruise control.” - johnvRead more reviews
2019 Corolla
Starting Price $16,790
Safety Features

Toyota’s new Safety Sense system (TSS-P) is standard on the 2019 Corolla and includes a pre-collision avoidance system that assists in warning the driver of potential dangers. Also included are automatic high beams, a lane departure alert system as well as dynamic radar cruise control.

Additional Safety Features:
• 8 Airbags

Reasons to Buy

Modern & Aerodynamic Exterior: Ride in style with the 2019 Corolla. The latest design includes a sleek front grille and bumper designs. Driving the Corolla is sure to turn heads.

Stay Entertained on the Road: The 2019 Corolla comes standard with a 6.1” touchscreen and steering wheel-mounted controls including AM/FM radio, USB/Aux input, Bluetooth capability, and 6-speakers. You’ll want to have a roster of good playlists ready with this vehicle!

Impressively Low Emissions: The 2019 Corolla is equipped with a standard 132-hp, 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that achieves ultra-low emissions status. With a fuel efficiency rating of 8.4L per 100km (City) and 6.5L per 100km (Hwy) – you’ll get the best use of your gas.

Owner Reviews “Very pleased with the car. No issues so far. Fun to drive, Toyota quality, and I'm enjoying the advanced features like lane departure [alert] and [dynamic] radar cruise control.” - johnv Read more reviews.

Think the Corolla is the right fit for you? Build & Price your model today.

2019 Camry LE Standard

  • Starting Price
  • $27,850
  • Safety Features
  • The 2019 Camry and Camry Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • • 10 Airbags
  • • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid SE)
  • • Available Back Guide Monitor Alert (XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid SE)
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Improved Fuel Economy:The 2019 Camry is powered by a new generation of Dynamic Force Engines that are powerful and more fuel efficient. The Camry’s 2-5 litre 4-cylinder engine produces 203 HP on the LE, XLE and SE models and 206 HP on the XSE. The 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine (featured in the XLE V6 and XSE V6) delivers 301 HP.
  • A More Personalized Drive: The Camry allows drivers to choose from “Sport”, “Economy”, and “Normal” drive modes, to customize their driving experience.
  • Beautifully Designed: The sharp, sleek exterior styling of the Camry is eye-catching with its wider stance, extended wheelbase and LED headlamps. Inside, the 2019 Camry cabin is roomy and luxurious. The XLE and SE models both have 8-way power adjustable seats for the driver for optimal coziness, and 6-way power adjustable seats for the front passenger.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “This was a step up from my 2004 Camry purchased new many years ago” – John W.Read more reviews
2019 Camry
Starting Price $26,390
Safety Features

The 2019 Camry and Camry Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Additional Safety Features:
• 10 Airbags
• Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid XLE, Hybrid SE)
• Available Back Guide Monitor Alert (XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6, Hybrid SE)

Reasons to Buy

Improved Fuel Economy: The 2019 Camry is powered by a new generation of Dynamic Force Engines that are powerful and more fuel efficient. The Camry’s 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine produces 203 HP on the LE, XLE and SE models and 206 HP on the XSE. The 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine (featured in the XLE V6 and XSE V6) delivers 301 HP.

A More Personalized Drive: The Camry allows drivers to choose from “Sport”, “Economy”, and “Normal” drive modes (available on XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6 models), to customize their driving experience.

Beautifully Designed: The sharp, sleek exterior styling of the Camry is eye-catching with its wider stance, extended wheelbase and LED headlamps. Inside, the 2019 Camry cabin is roomy and luxurious. Upgrade to XLE, XLE V6, XSE, XSE V6 or SE models for 8-way power adjustable seats for the driver for optimal coziness. Six-way power adjustable seats for the front passenger are also available for XSE, XSE V6, XLE and XLE V6 models.

Owner Reviews “This was a step up from my 2004 Camry purchased new many years ago” - John W. Read more reviews.

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Best Hybrid Vehicles

2019 Toyota Prius c in Clear Emerald Pearl

  • Starting Price
  • $22,350
  • Safety Features
  • The 2019 Prius c takes safety to the next level with Toyota Safety Sense™ C+* (TSS-C+), a comprehensive array of active safety systems.
  • TSS-C+ includes:
  • •Pre-Collision Systems
  • •Lane Departure Alert
  • •Automatic High Beam
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Impressive Fuel Economy: The Prius c delivers city and combined fuel consumption ratings of 4.9 and 5.1L per 100km respectively, helping you save on gas.Hatchback Utility: With 484 litres of cargo capacity (that’s equivalent to four snowboards!), the Prius c isn’t lacking in cargo space. You can even put down the rear seats for more room.Display Audio: The Prius c comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display that includes AM/FM, CD and MP3 sound system with 4-speakers and Bluetooth capability. Whether you’re a CBC-loyalist or prefer Spotify playlists, the Prius c has just what you need. It’s back-up camera has your back (truly), even in the tightest of parking spots.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “Bought the car the end of Dec. No regrets, it’s a great car.” - PattyRead more reviews.
2019 Prius c
Starting Price $22,350
Safety Features

The 2019 Prius c takes safety to the next level with Toyota Safety Sense™ C+* (TSS-C+), a comprehensive array of active safety systems.

TSS-C+ includes:
•Pre-Collision Systems
•Lane Departure Alert
•Automatic High Beam

Reasons to Buy

Impressive Fuel Economy: The Prius c delivers city and combined fuel consumption ratings of 4.9 and 5.1L per 100km respectively, helping you save on gas.

Hatchback Utility: With 484 litres of cargo capacity (that’s equivalent to four snowboards!), the Prius c isn’t lacking in cargo space. You can even put down the rear seats for more room.

Display Audio: The Prius c comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display that includes AM/FM, CD and MP3 sound system with 4-speakers and Bluetooth capability. Whether you’re a CBC-loyalist or prefer Spotify playlists, the Prius c has just what you need. It’s back-up camera has your back (truly), even in the tightest of parking spots.

Owner Reviews “Bought the car the end of Dec. No regrets, it’s a great car.” - Patty Read more reviews.

“C” what’s so great about the Prius c. Build & Price your new model today!

2018 Toyota Prius

  • Starting Price
  • $27,650
  • Safety Features
  • Standard on the Prius is Toyota’s new Safety Sense system (TSS-P), which includes a pre-collision avoidance system that assists in warning the driver of potential dangers, automatic high beams, a lane departure alert system, and dynamic radar cruise control.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • •8 Airbags
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Cut Down on Gas: With a fuel efficiency rate of 4.4L per 100km (City) and 4.6L per 100km (Hwy), you’ll save on gas significantly when you buy a hybrid vehicle like the 2018 Prius.Well-Built Interior: The 2018 Prius is comfortable, with heated front sport seats and automatic climate control. The 60/40 split rear seat also has a fold-down armrest for passenger comfort and more cargo space. Available add-on features include SoftTex interior and a tilt/slide moonroof.Music/Entertainment Capabilities: The Prius’ 6.1” touchscreen audio system offers AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA playback to cover off all your music-listening bases. With USB aux inputs and Bluetooth capability, there’s no shortage of ways to connect in this vehicle.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “Bought the Prius to save gas and saving the environment at the same time, this car nails it. Looking forward in buying the Camry Hybrid in the future.” – SleekamanRead more reviews.
2019 Prius
Starting Price $27,650
Safety Features

Standard on the Prius is Toyota’s new Safety Sense system (TSS-P), which includes a pre-collision avoidance system that assists in warning the driver of potential dangers, automatic high beams, a lane departure alert system, and dynamic radar cruise control.

Additional Safety Features:
• 8 Airbags

Reasons to Buy

Cut Down on Gas: With a fuel efficiency rate of 4.4L per 100km (City) and 4.6L per 100km (Hwy), you’ll save on gas significantly when you buy a hybrid vehicle like the 2018 Prius.

Well-Built Interior: The 2018 Prius is comfortable, with heated front sport seats and automatic climate control. The 60/40 split rear seat also has a fold-down armrest for passenger comfort and more cargo space. Available add-on features include SoftTex interior and a tilt/slide moonroof.

Music/Entertainment Capabilities: The Prius’ 6.1” touchscreen audio system offers AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA playback to cover off all your music-listening bases. With USB aux inputs and Bluetooth capability, there’s no shortage of ways to connect in this vehicle.

Owner Reviews “Bought the Prius to save gas and saving the environment at the same time, this car nails it. Looking forward in buying the Camry Hybrid in the future.” - Sleekaman Read more reviews.

Looking to find out more about this hybrid model? Customize your new Prius.

Best Hatchbacks

2018 Yaris Hatchback

  • Starting Price
  • $15,490
  • Safety Features
  • The 2018 Yaris Hatchback comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense C, which features three advanced active safety systems -- Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • •9 Airbags
  • •Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Ample Cargo Space: With a 60:40 split-fold down rear seat, the Yaris Hatchback is well-equipped to hold your cargo for you – whether it’s luggage for a weekend getaway or your grocery haul from the local farmers market.It’s Got Your Back: Standard on every 2018 Yaris Hatchback is a backup camera, which makes backing up, backing out and parallel parking much easier. Who couldn’t use an extra set of eyes?Perfect for City Driving: Smaller cars like hatchbacks make sense for younger drivers without families, because they’re easy to park and maneuver in the city. The Yaris Hatchback is a great choice for urban living!
  • Owner Reviews
  • "Great little car. Love the back up cam and heated seats. Beautiful color." - AnonymousRead more reviews.
2018 Yaris Hatchback
Starting Price $15,490
Safety Features

The 2018 Yaris Hatchback comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense C, which features three advanced active safety systems -- Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams.

Additional Safety Features:
• 9 Airbags
• Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution

Reasons to Buy

Ample Cargo Space: With a 60:40 split-fold down rear seat, the Yaris Hatchback is well-equipped to hold your cargo for you – whether it’s luggage for a weekend getaway or your grocery haul from the local farmers market.

It’s Got Your Back: Standard on every 2018 Yaris Hatchback is a backup camera, which makes backing up, backing out and parallel parking much easier. Who couldn’t use an extra set of eyes?

Perfect for City Driving: Smaller cars like hatchbacks make sense for younger drivers without families, because they’re easy to park and maneuver in the city. The Yaris Hatchback is a great choice for urban living!

Owner Reviews "Great little car. Love the back up cam and heated seats. Beautiful color." - Anonymous Read more reviews.

Start building out your own Yaris Hatchback.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Blue Flame

  • Starting Price
  • $20,980
  • Safety Features
  • The all-new Corolla Hatchback is the first Toyota to feature TSS 2.0, an even more advanced suite of safety features. Enhancements include pre-collision system (PCS) that’s better able to detect bicycles in daylight and pedestrians in low light. CVT models offer full-speed dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) that can help keep your vehicle centred in its lane even in the temporary absence of lane markers.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • •Available Blind Spot Monitor System, that warns you when another vehicle is in your blind spot.
  • Fun to Drive: With dynamic handling and a sporty drive that gives great feedback, the Corolla Hatchback is truly fun to drive. Test drive it today to find out for yourself.Keeps You Connected: Whether it’s sports, stocks or news, Entune 3.0TM brings you the content you love when you’re on the road. iPhone users can display their apps directly on the Hatchback’s 8” touchscreen through Apple CarPlayTM, which lets you use your phone without taking your eyes off the road.Looks Cool: Let’s be honest – the Corolla Hatchback is a vehicle that is sure to turn heads. With its hatchback design, integrated spoiler and 18” aluminum wheels, passerby’s will notice your sweet, new ride.Enough Room for 5 Passengers: The Corolla Hatchback seats five comfortably, which comes in handy when it’s time for road trips, carpools and out-of-town adventures. With a rear bench that offers seating for 3 passengers, nobody will be left behind.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “The comfort and design are a winning combination. The media centre is amazing and the seats hug you” - Meriel"Read more reviews.
2019 Corolla Hatchback
Starting Price $20,980
Safety Features

The all-new Corolla Hatchback is the first Toyota to feature TSS 2.0, an even more advanced suite of safety features. Enhancements include pre-collision system (PCS) that’s better able to detect bicycles in daylight and pedestrians in low light. CVT models offer full-speed dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) that can help keep your vehicle centred in its lane even in the temporary absence of lane markers.

Additional Safety Features:
• Available Blind Spot Monitor System, that warns you when another vehicle is in your blind spot.

Reasons to Buy

Fun to Drive: With dynamic handling and a sporty drive that gives great feedback, the Corolla Hatchback is truly fun to drive. Test drive it today to find out for yourself.

Keeps You Connected: Whether it’s sports, stocks or news, Entune 3.0TM brings you the content you love when you’re on the road. iPhone users can display their apps directly on the Hatchback’s 8” touchscreen through Apple CarPlayTM, which lets you use your phone without taking your eyes off the road.

Looks Cool: Let’s be honest – the Corolla Hatchback is a vehicle that is sure to turn heads. With its hatchback design, integrated spoiler and 18” aluminum wheels, passerby’s will notice your sweet, new ride.

Enough Room for 5 Passengers: The Corolla Hatchback seats five comfortably, which comes in handy when it’s time for road trips, carpools and out-of-town adventures. With a rear bench that offers seating for 3 passengers, nobody will be left behind.

Owner Reviews “The comfort and design are a winning combination. The media centre is amazing and the seats hug you” - Meriel Read more reviews.

Ready to get “Hatched”? Start building your own personalized Corolla Hatchback.

If you need a vehicle that has more storage and seating, a Compact Crossover SUV or a Midsize Pickup truck are great options for new drivers:

Best Compact Crossover SUV

2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Starting Price
  • $23,675
  • Safety Features
  • Toyota Safety Sense TM P (TSS-P) comes standard on all 2019 C-HR models, with features including advanced active safety features like automatic high beams, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and full speed dynamic radar cruise control.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • •10 Airbags
  • •Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • •Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Beautifully Designed: Available in eye-catching colours, such as Blue Flame, Ruby Flare Peal and Blue Eclipse Metallic, the C-HR is sure to turn heads. Diamond-cut lines, LED daytime running lights and available 18” wheels are beautiful accents to this stunning vehicle’s design.Comfortable Interior: With rear seats that split 60/40 for extra cargo space, the C-HR’s interior is roomy and spacious. Heated front seats are also available to keep you toasty on the coldest of days.Standard Entune Audio 3.0: Stay up to date on everything news, entertainment, weather and traffic-related with Entune 3.0. Standard on every C-HR, Entune also has Scout GPS Link that uses navigation from your phone. Features such as Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance (SOS) Button and Enhanced Roadside Assistance are also available with XLE and Limited packages.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “Just got back from our first trip, over 1,000 km and car was perfect” – Judy G.Read more reviews.
2019 C-HR
Starting Price $23,675
Safety Features

Toyota Safety SenseTM P(TSS-P) comes standard on all 2019 C-HR models, with features including advanced active safety features like automatic high beams, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and full speed dynamic radar cruise control.

Additional Safety Features:
• 10 Airbags
• Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution

Reasons to Buy

Beautifully Designed: Available in eye-catching colours, such as Blue Flame, Ruby Flare Peal and Blue Eclipse Metallic, the C-HR is sure to turn heads. Diamond-cut lines, LED daytime running lights and available 18” wheels are beautiful accents to this stunning vehicle’s design.

Comfortable Interior: With rear seats that split 60/40 for extra cargo space, the C-HR’s interior is roomy and spacious. Heated front seats are also available to keep you toasty on the coldest of days.

Standard Entune Audio 3.0: Stay up to date on everything news, entertainment, weather and traffic-related with Entune 3.0. Standard on every C-HR, Entune also has Scout GPS Link that uses navigation from your phone. Features such as Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance (SOS) Button and Enhanced Roadside Assistance are also available with XLE and Limited packages.

Owner Reviews “Just got back from our first trip, over 1,000 km and car was perfect” – Judy G. Read more reviews.

Find out more about the customizations available. Build & Price your C-HR for more details.

Best Midsize Pickup Truck

2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • Starting Price
  • $31,525
  • Safety Features
  • The 2019 Tacoma includes Toyota Safety Sense* * TM P (TSS-P). TSS is comprised of multi-feature active safety packages anchored by automated pre-collision warning and braking. Packaged together in an integrated system, TSS features help address three key areas of accident protection: mitigating or preventing frontal collisions, helping to keep drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.
  • Additional Safety Features:
  • •8 Airbags
  • •Available Blind Spot Monitor
  • •Automatic Limited Slip Differential
  • •Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Reasons to Buy
  • Smaller and Easier to Maneuver: If you’re new to driving trucks and want to start with a smaller model, purchasing a mid-size utility vehicle like the Tacoma is the way to go. With improved handling and sporty good looks, the Tacoma is the perfect starter truck.Off-Road Capability: Built to be smart and tough, the Tacoma has a one-touch 4WD system and available Multi-Terrain Select (automatic only) that make sure you’re prepared to take on rugged terrain.Easy Lower & Lift Tailgate: The new reinforced tailgate locks to protect your stored items. Opening to a 5’ or 6’ cargo bed, the tailgate is easily accessible via the rear bumper step, making it easier to load & unload.
  • Owner Reviews
  • “Bought this truck little over a month ago and I like it the more I drive it love the new Atkinson cycle 3.5 L engine smooth shifts from the 6 speed auto transmission too no complaints about this truck so far.” – JohnnyTacoRead more reviews.
2019 Tacoma
Starting Price $31,525
Safety Features

The 2019 Tacoma includes Toyota Safety Sense* * TM P (TSS-P). TSS is comprised of multi-feature active safety packages anchored by automated pre-collision warning and braking. Packaged together in an integrated system, TSS features help address three key areas of accident protection: mitigating or preventing frontal collisions, helping to keep drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.

Additional Safety Features:
• 8 Airbags
• Available Blind Spot Monitor
• Automatic Limited Slip Differential
• Star Safety System including Anti-Lock Brake System, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution

Reasons to Buy

Smaller and Easier to Maneuver: If you’re new to driving trucks and want to start with a smaller model, purchasing a mid-size utility vehicle like the Tacoma is the way to go. With improved handling and sporty good looks, the Tacoma is the perfect starter truck.

Off-Road Capability: Built to be smart and tough, the Tacoma has a one-touch 4WD system and available Multi-Terrain Select (automatic only) that make sure you’re prepared to take on rugged terrain.

Easy Lower & Lift Tailgate: The new reinforced tailgate locks to protect your stored items. Opening to a 5’ or 6’ cargo bed, the tailgate is easily accessible via the rear bumper step, making it easier to load & unload.

Owner Reviews  

“Bought this truck little over a month ago and I like it the more I drive it love the new Atkinson cycle 3.5 L engine smooth shifts from the 6 speed auto transmission too no complaints about this truck so far.” – JohnnyTaco Read more reviews.

Intrigued by this pickup truck? Build & Price your Tacoma.