Canadians are faced with a long list of brand new cars and trucks that don't offer AC as standard equipment.
Air conditioning is such a ubiquitous feature on the automotive landscape that sometimes we take it for granted. Surprisingly, however, Canadians are faced with a long list of brand new cars and trucks that don't offer AC as standard equipment. Sure, when ordering a commercial truck or cargo van one might expect that creature comforts take a back seat, but how about a sedan, hatchback, or even an SUV?
Check out these 21 cars and trucks you can order without air conditioning in Canada and see which ones shock you the most.
- 2016 Nissan Micra S
It's the most affordable car on the Canadian market, but if you want AC, you'll have to pay extra - either bumping up a trim level, or adding the four-speed autobox to the equipment list.
- 2016 Nissan Sentra S
The 2016 Nissan Sentra S doesn't offer standard air conditioning, but the Micra S does, despite the compact Sentra sedan being a bigger, and more fully-featured automobile.
- 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS
The base 2016 Chevrolet Spark is another subcompact hatchback that asks you to go automatic in order to get air conditioning - or move up to the LT trim level.
- 2016 Chevrolet Sonic
The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic LS takes a different tack - you can add air conditioning as an option on the base model - but the feature doesn't come with the hatch right out of the box.
- 2016 Chevrolet Cruze L
Noticing a trend here? Chevrolet keeps entry-level prices in low in part by leaving air conditioning off the equipment list, as with the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze L compact sedan.
- 2016 GMC Canyon
The 2016 GMC Canyon mid-size truck makes you roll down the windows to keep things cool - and so does its Chevrolet Colorado cousin, when ordered in base trim.
- 2016 Toyota Yaris CE
If you choose the entry-level 2016 Toyota Yaris hatchback over its sedan counterpart, then you don't get AC free of charge. Snag the four-door model, and you do, which seems a little bit arbitrary to us.
- 2016 Toyota Corolla CE
No real surprises here - Toyota's most popular small sedan, the Corolla, also happens to be available in a stripper CE trim that deletes air conditioning.
- 2016 Hyundai Accent L
This one's a bit of a puzzler - the 2016 Hyundai Accent L subcompact hatchback is advertised as being 'pre-wired' for air conditioning, much like you used to see companies advertising models without stereo systems being 'pre-wired' for a head-unit. We doubt anyone will be home-brewing an AC solution for the new car.
- 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage is another loss-leader that lures hatchback fans in based on its rock-bottom pricing - and it makes that possible, in part, by asking you to upgrade from ES to ES Plus on the trim selector if you want air conditioning.
- 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer DE
The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer DE is a compact sedan that's been on the market for quite a long time, which explains in part why you can order it without standard air conditioning.
- 2016 Honda Fit
The 2016 Honda Fit, on the other hand, is a fairly recent design, and the DX trim's lack of AC speaks more to the brand's willingness to get buyers in the door with an appealing price and then convince them to pay a bit more for a cooler ride.
- 2016 Honda Civic
Likewise, the 2016 Honda Civic is a brand new platform that competes against the Cruze, the Lancer, and the Corolla, which means the pressure is on to keep things inexpensive by striking AC from the list of standard features.
- 2016 Kia Rio LX
The 2016 Kia Rio LX is a tiny sedan with strong value - but that doesn't mean you get air conditioning without paying more for it via the LX+ trim level - even if you opt for the Rio 5 LX hatchback.
- 2016 Kia Forte LX
The 2016 Kia Forte joins the chorus of entry-level compact sedans without standard air conditioning, making you pony up for an automatic transmission to get it in the base model.
- 2016 Dodge Dart SE
The 2016 Dodge Dart SE doesn't feature air conditioning unless you decide to upgrade at order time, but as you can see from this list, it's in good company.
- 2016 Fiat 500 Pop
The 2016 Fiat 500 Pop provides you with plenty of style in its base configuration, but try not to get stuck in traffic on a hot summer day - air conditioning doesn't make the standard equipment cut.
- 2016 Jeep Patriot Sport
Frankly, we're a little surprised that the Jeep Patriot is still on sale in 2016, given how old the platform is and that the Renegade has largely taken its place in the line-up. We're not shocked that you can buy it without air conditioning.
- 2016 Jeep Compass Sport
Ditto the Jeep Compass Sport - the base model of one of the off-road brand's older SUVs keeps air conditioning off the table.
- 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport
This one strikes us as a bit unusual - but maybe it's tradition? The most affordable Jeep Renegade, the Sport, is offered without air conditioning in its base model.
- 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport
Well, do you really need AC out on the trail with the top off and the breeze blowing down the mountain? Just keep out of the desert, avoid the dunes, and you probably won't miss it in the Jeep Wrangler Sport.