The two-row midsize SUV segment boasts a good selection of vehicles this year, with some models recently revamped and others aging gracefully. While compact SUVs have been popular in recent years due to their lower fuel consumption, midsize models stand out for their practicality and increased space that appeals to families requiring a bit more room.
Several models are available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Jeep Wrangler. It’s worth noting that the Chevrolet Blazer will introduce an electric variant this year.
For 2023, the Ford Bronco is still not considered, as the GoStart.Biz team has decided to continue its evaluation due to the issues it experienced in its first year of production. Similarly, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has been recently revamped, is awaiting more details before a recommendation can be made.
So, what are the best 2-row midsize SUVs for 2023 in Canada?
1. 2023 Honda Passport
2023 Honda Passport Price Range: $49,155 – $55,855
The Honda Passport is back again for 2023 at the top of the list. This regular award winner may not be the most stylish or exciting to drive, but it represents a logical purchase that will provide you with peace of mind. The GoStart.Biz team especially appreciates its performance, the reliability of its drivetrain, effective all-wheel drive, and most importantly, its imposing cargo volume, the largest in the category.
The Honda Passport is only available with one engine choice, a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 280 horsepower. It’s the same engine found under the hood of the Honda Pilot. This engine provides a larger towing capacity, 2,273 kilograms (5,000 pounds), but the absence of a hybrid or electrified powertrain, which could soon tarnish the Passport’s record compared to the competition, is regrettable.
The base model will cost you over $47,000, including transport and delivery fees. It must be admitted that the Honda Passport is not the most affordable of the bunch, which may explain slightly more modest sales than its main competitors.
2. 2023 Subaru Outback
2023 Subaru Outback Price Range: $35,003 – $48,703
The Subaru Outback is the ideal vehicle for road adventurers. Positioned midway between an SUV and a family car, it is appreciated for its high efficiency on the road, regardless of the conditions. It comes standard with excellent all-wheel drive and a good level of equipment for the price. Priced at nearly $35,000 this year, it represents good value and remains within the family budget. The choice of versions is also very varied, whether in terms of engines or appearance.
For 2023, the Subaru Outback offers two engine choices: firstly, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 184 horsepower and, secondly, for more power and enjoyment, the 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the XT versions. No matter the version chosen, both are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It is not the most dynamic, but it enhances fuel economy.
Subaru has thankfully improved the quality of its interiors over the past few years; gone are the cheap-looking finishes and outdated infotainment systems. The Subaru Outback is now up-to-date, with all controls accessible via the 11.6-inch display screen.
3. 2023 Chevrolet Blazer
2023 Chevrolet Blazer Price Range: $44,442 – $54,142
The Chevrolet Blazer has managed to carve out a place among our top vehicles due to its dynamic design, which is even more emphasized in the RS version. Despite its young age, the reliability is noteworthy, and the model attracts interest with its numerous variants and two engine options.
Priced from nearly $44,000, it comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine; the other versions are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Although the Blazer is not the most spacious in terms of cargo volume, it compensates with a high level of overall performance on the road, providing a very engaging driving experience.
Next year, the Chevrolet Blazer will benefit from an electric version. The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV will be priced from $59,148, and its range could exceed 500 kilometers.