Four trucks, one minivan, 14 cars, and eleven SUVs and crossovers make up Canada’s 30 top-selling vehicles. With half of 2013 complete, there are no surprises at the top of the heap, but there are slight changes in order, and some hefty swings upward (and downward) in half-year volume.
Canada's favourite automobiles
#30 - Kia Sorento
#29 - Nissan Rogue
#28 - Nissan Sentra
#27 - Hyundai Sonata
#26 - Kia Rio
#25 - Mazda CX-5
#24 - Honda Accord
#23 - Ford Edge
#22 - Toyota Camry
#21 - Chevrolet Equinox
#20 - Jeep Wrangler
#19 - Hyundai Accent
#18 - Ford Fusion
#17 - Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
#16 - Ford Focus
#15 - Dodge Journey
#14 - Volkswagen Jetta
#13 - Chevrolet Cruze
#12 - Honda CR-V
#11 - Toyota RAV4
#10 - Chevrolet Silverado
#9 - Mazda 3
#8 - Ford Escape
#7 - Toyota Corolla
#6 - GMC Sierra
#5 - Dodge Grand Caravan
#4 - Honda Civic
#3 - Hyundai Elantra
#2 - Ram Pickup
#1 - Ford F-Series
- #30 - Kia Sorento
- #29 - Nissan Rogue
- #28 - Nissan Sentra
- #27 - Hyundai Sonata
- #26 - Kia Rio
- #25 - Mazda CX-5
- #24 - Honda Accord
- #23 - Ford Edge
- #22 - Toyota Camry
- #21 - Chevrolet...
- #20 - Jeep Wrangler
- #19 - Hyundai Accent
- #18 - Ford Fusion
- #17 - Hyundai...
- #16 - Ford Focus
- #15 - Dodge Journey
- #14 - Volkswagen...
- #13 - Chevrolet...
- #12 - Honda CR-V
- #11 - Toyota RAV4
- #10 - Chevrolet...
- #9 - Mazda 3
- #8 - Ford Escape
- #7 - Toyota Corolla
- #6 - GMC Sierra
- #5 - Dodge Grand...
- #4 - Honda Civic
- #3 - Hyundai Elantra
- #2 - Ram Pickup
- #1 - Ford F-Series
#30 - Kia Sorento June 2013 YTD Sales: 7433, Up 15.6%. A massive uptick in June Sorento volume drove Kia’s larger crossover from the 31st spot a month ago into the top 30. 25% of the Sorentos sold in the first six months of 2013 were sold in the 30 days of June.
#29 - Nissan Rogue June 2013 YTD Sales: 8017, Down 6.6%. The Rogue will be replaced shortly, but in the meantime, Nissan has provided dealers with an affordable three-row crossover. Pathfinder volume has more than tripled to 3257 units this year. Consequently, even though the top-selling Nissan crossover is down 7% this year, Nissan truck, SUV, crossover, and van volume is up 4% in 2013.
#28 - Nissan Sentra June 2013 YTD Sales: 8032, Up 45.4%. The success of Nissan’s latest Sentra hasn’t been nearly enough to cover up for the losses experienced by the majority of other Nissan products. Overall Nissan car sales are down 16% this year. Subtract the Sentra from the equation, and Nissan car sales are down 33%.
#27 - Hyundai Sonata June 2013 YTD Sales: 8262, Down 0.9%. Through the first five months of 2013, Sonata sales were down 9%. But in the month of June, Sonata volume jumped 42%. Last month was, in fact, Hyundai Canada’s best June on record both for the Sonata and the brand.
#26 - Kia Rio June 2013 YTD Sales: 8458,Up 24.9%. The second-best-selling subcompact in Canada is the twelfth-best-selling car overall, a fair climb up from 20th spot in the first half of 2012.
#25 - Mazda CX-5 June 2013 YTD Sales: 8539, Up 44.3%. The CX-5 has added a competitive small crossover to Mazda’s lineup, and it’s certainly proven to be popular. Non-car sales at Mazda, from the CX-5 to the 5 and CX-9, are down 8% this year as sales of the 5 have fallen 43% and Mazda’s also lost more than 2500 sales because of the disappearance of the Tribute and CX-7.
#24 - Honda Accord June 2013 YTD Sales: 9022, Up 162%. 5578 more Accords have been sold this year than in the same period of 2012. In fact, Honda Canada only sold 8769 Accords in all of 2011.
#23 - Ford Edge June 2013 YTD Sales: 9184, Down 9.0%. Ford sold a record number of Edges in Canada last year. Not surprisingly, the Edge’s age, combined with rising Escape and Explorer volume, has kept it from record-setting pace in 2013.
#22 - Toyota Camry June 2013 YTD Sales: 9208, Down 11.8%. Sales of the Camry Hybrid have fallen 14% this year, a 278-unit drop. Sales of non-hybrid Camrys are down 11%, a 952-unit drop. That brings the totals for hybrids to 1678 and conventionally-powered Camrys to 7530.
#21 - Chevrolet Equinox June 2013 YTD Sales: 10,069, Down 7.2%. Chevrolet has sold more than 20,000 copies of their Equinox in each of the last two years, but likely won’t in 2013. Its twin, the GMC Terrain, has found 6011 buyers so far this year, a 4% increase over the first six months of 2012.
#20 - Jeep Wrangler June 2013 YTD Sales: 10,161, Up 0.6%. After generating record Canadian sales in 2011 and again in 2012, the Wrangler’s pace was sure to slow slightly in 2013. Nevertheless, Wrangler sales growth is continuing, so we can expect another record-breaking year-end result.
#19 - Hyundai Accent June 2013 YTD Sales: 10,249, Down 24.2%. The leading subcompact in Canada had built up such a lead in 2012 that even with a drastic 24% decline in 2013, its lead over the next-best-selling Kia Rio is still a healthy 1791 units. The Rio, incidentally, is very much an Accent with a different body and interior. Rio sales are up 25% in 2013.
#18 - Ford Fusion June 2013 YTD Sales: 11,304, Up 26.5%. The Aston-inspired Fusion is Canada’s best-selling midsize car this year, having already built up 2096-unit lead over last year’s midsize leader, the Toyota Camry. Canadian Fusion volume peaked at 19,364 in 2010. Ford is on pace to sell more than 20,000 in 2013.
#17 - Hyundai Santa Fe Sport June 2013 YTD Sales: 12,703, Up 12.7%. Thankfully, Hyundai Canada separates the sales figures of Hyundai’s two Santa Fes. Combined, the two-row and three-row XL have sold on 13,711 occasions this year, a 22% improvement on 2012’s half-year results.
#16 - Ford Focus June 2013 YTD Sales: 13,426, Down 9.3%. Although Ford’s car lineup has been reinvigorated by the new Fusion, car sales at the Ford brand are actually down. Taurus volume is down 17%; Mustang sales are off by 101 units. But the Focus is down by 1380 units, and Fiesta sales are down by 2645.
#15 - Dodge Journey June 2013 YTD Sales: 14,100, Down 3.4%. Dodge likes to say the Journey is the top-selling crossover in Canada. Their definition of crossover obviously excludes the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V, all of which sell more often than the Journey. Regardless of how we define them, the Journey is popular, in large part because it offers three rows of seating. The Escape, RAV4, and CR-V do not.
#14 - Volkswagen Jetta June 2013 YTD Sales: 15,237, Up 23.0%. Once again surging in popularity, long after we got to know the less costly sixth-generation version, the Jetta has become the go-to car for Volkswagen’s Canadian dealers. 49% of all Volkswagens old in Canada in the first half of 2013 were Jettas, up from 39% at this time last year.
#13 - Chevrolet Cruze June 2013 YTD Sales: 16,411, Down 0.7%. Canada’s top-selling Detroit brand passenger car leads the Ford Focus by 2985 sales with half of 2013 complete. Slightly more than half of Chevrolet’s car volume comes from the Cruze, and it accounts for more than four in ten GM Canada car sales.
#12 - Honda CR-V June 2013 YTD Sales: 16,577, Down 8.2%. Barely knocked down a peg by the improvement of Toyota’s RAV4, the CR-V still appears to stand a fair chance at ending 2013 as Canada’s second-ranked utility vehicle. It only trails the RAV4 by 83 sales with six months remaining. And as for the top spot, the Escape is not catchable.
#11 - Toyota RAV4 June 2013 YTD Sales: 16,660, Up 36.3%. Canada’s top-selling utility vehicle in March 2013 has attracted 4441 more buyers this year than in the first half of 2012, when the RAV4 ranked fourth among SUVs and crossovers in Canada.
#10 - Chevrolet Silverado June 2013 YTD Sales: 19,270, Up 7.0%. More than a quarter of Chevrolet’s Canadian sales are Silverado-derived. Despite the attention that’s paid to many of Chevrolet’s new products, the Silverado outsells them all. The Silverado, however, doesn’t compete with the Chevrolet Trax – it competes with Ford’s F-Series. Whether the Silverado (and Sierra) has what it takes to outperform the F-Series, it’s still not going to unseat the constant conqueror in sales.
#9 - Mazda 3 June 2013 YTD Sales: 19,347, Down 4.3%. 78% of Mazda Canada’s car sales and 54% of Mazda brand sales are produced by the 3. Even with rising 6 sales and the CX-5’s increasing importance, Mazda will continue to rely heavily on the 3. The 2014 model won’t be a flop: it’s more efficient and wildly handsome.
#8 - Ford Escape June 2013 YTD Sales: 21,481, Up 12.7%. Canada’s favourite utility has generated unmatched volume in all but one month so far this year. The Escape’s 4821-unit lead over the next-best-selling Toyota RAV4 is all but insurmountable.
#7 - Toyota Corolla June 2013 YTD Sales: 21,969, Down 0.1%. The aging Corolla has been propelled forward by terrific offers, not to mention the Corolla’s sterling reliability reputation. Interest-free financing over seven years is a Hyundai-like term, but it’s proven helpful in clearing out 2013 Corollas before the 2014 model arrives.
#6 - GMC Sierra June 2013 YTD Sales: 23,507, Up 6.2%. Combined, the GMC Sierra and its Chevrolet Silverado twin are Canada’s second-best-selling vehicle, 870 units ahead of the Ram P/U. That’s useful knowledge, but it doesn’t change the fact that GM believes that, in order to sell 42,777 full-size trucks in six months, there must be two different lineups.
#5 - Dodge Grand Caravan June 2013 YTD Sales: 23,741, Down 15.4%. Canada’s favourite minivan – by a long shot – is not selling nearly as well this year as it did in early 2012. It’s been a drag on the declining minivan market, too. Nevertheless, the Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country sibling are responsible for 21% of the Chrysler Group’s Canadian volume, compared with 13% of the Chrysler Group’s U.S. volume.
#4 - Honda Civic June 2013 YTD Sales: 28,558, Down 11.2%. Hindered in part by the fact that Canada’s top-selling car is available in three different bodystyles and the Civic is sedan or coupe-only, Honda’s perennial leader has dropped to second among cars in 2013. But the gap is small, just 305 units with six months remaining.
#3 - Hyundai Elantra June 2013 YTD Sales: 28,863, Up 12.8%. In four out of 2013’s six complete months, the Elantra has been Canada’s top-selling car. And though the Honda Civic took over in June, it only dug into the Elantra’s (narrow) lead by 27 units.
#2 - Ram Pickup June 2013 YTD Sales: 41,907, Up 18.7%. Selling better than ever, the Ram is Canada’s second-ranked truck and second-ranked vehicle. But the difference between Chrysler’s truck volume and Ford’s is still astonishing. Moreover, the difference between the Ram and all the vehicles which trail it is equally stunning.
#1 - Ford F-Series June 2013 YTD Sales: 61,677, Up 17.5%. The F-Series eats up for a larger chunk of the market than all brands save for Toyota, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Honda. And Ford. The F-Series accounts for more than four in ten Ford brand sales.