Through the first two months of 2018, Canada’s passenger car market continues to shrink, sliding 4 percent compared with the already low winter months of 2017 to form only 28 percent of the overall new vehicle market. Overall vehicle sales are rising; car sales aren’t. But while Canada’s car sector shrinks, there are still plenty of popular cars. In fact, midst the malaise, there are some cars that are increasingly popular. These are the 25 top-selling cars in Canada in early 2018.
Canada’s passenger car market is tanking, but there are still plenty of popular cars – these are the top 25 in early 2018
#25: Honda Fit
#24: Kia Rio
#23: BMW 3 Series
#22: Audi A4
#21: Ford Mustang
#20: Ford Fusion
#19: Nissan Micra
#18: Volkswagen Jetta
#17: Nissan Altima
#16: Nissan Versa
#15: Kia Soul
#14: Hyundai Accent
#13: Kia Forte
#12: Honda Accord
#11: Subaru Impreza
#10: Toyota Camry
#9: Ford Focus
#8: Nissan Sentra
#7: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
#6: Mazda 3
#5: Volkswagen Golf
#4: Hyundai Elantra
#3: Chevrolet Cruze
#2: Toyota Corolla
#1: Honda Civic
- #25: Honda Fit
- #24: Kia Rio
- #23: BMW 3 Series
- #22: Audi A4
- #21: Ford Mustang
- #20: Ford Fusion
- #19: Nissan Micra
- #18: Volkswagen...
- #17: Nissan Altima
- #16: Nissan Versa
- #15: Kia Soul
- #14: Hyundai Accent
- #13: Kia Forte
- #12: Honda Accord
- #11: Subaru Impreza
- #10: Toyota Camry
- #9: Ford Focus
- #8: Nissan Sentra
- #7: Mercedes-Benz...
- #6: Mazda 3
- #5: Volkswagen Golf
- #4: Hyundai Elantra
- #3: Chevrolet Cruze
- #2: Toyota Corolla
- #1: Honda Civic
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +125% to 678 – Historically prone to fluctuating Canadian volume, the third-gen Honda Fit has seen its Canadian sales more than double in early 2018. That’s a gain of 376 sales for the Fit, which now loses many potential buyers to the Honda HR-V, sales of which totalled 1,723 units in January and February.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +43% to 681 – Boosted by the arrival of an all-new fourth-gen model (with standard heated front seats and heated steering wheel), the Kia Rio is a handful of sales ahead of the Honda Fit as Canada’s third-best-selling subcompact car. Surprisingly quiet and refined, the Rio is nevertheless fighting the same uphill battle as other subcompacts: Canadians increasingly don’t want cars, especially small cars.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -39% to 695 – Once the automatic luxury car choice, the BMW 3 Series is struggling now to even be considered the automatic BMW choice. Ranked third among premium brand cars in Canada, the 3 Series is ranked fourth among BMWs. The X3, X5, and X1 are all selling more often.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -25% to 739 – Ranked second among premium brand cars in Canada, the Audi A4 is only barely hanging on to its status as the second-best-selling Audi in the country. Audi has already sold 1,678 Q5s this year – up 72 percent – along with 656 copies of the Q7. Overall, Audi’s passenger car sales are down 7 percent; the brand’s trio of Q utility vehicles are up 37 percent, year-over-year.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +17% to 741 – As Canada’s best-selling sporty car, the Ford Mustang earns plaudits not only from critics but from consumers, as well. Despite healthy indirect and direct competition, Mustang sales jumped to an 11-year high in 2017. In early 2018, Ford Canada’s winter pace suggests Mustang sales could top 10,000 units for the first time since 2005.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -22% to 764 – Refreshed frequently since launching in second-gen form for 2013, the Ford Fusion that last led its segment in Canadian sales in 2014 is now an oft-forgotten sedan. The Fusion remains a pleasure to drive, but its tighter-than-average cabin and lack of Camry/Accord resale value does it no favours.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -1% to 807 – Forging ahead on a previous-gen architecture as much of the world receives an all-new Micra, Canada’s Nissan Micra no longer enjoys the popularity it did in 2015, when nearly 12,000 were sold. Yet the Micra remains a surprisingly common car, artfully blending affordable prices with cheeky design and a fun-to-drive nature.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -51% to 859 – As is the case with many of the cars experiencing especially harsh declines in early 2018, Volkswagen Canada is pinning its hopes on the launch of an all-new Jetta later this year. But is it too little too late? The Jetta was Canada’s sixth-best-selling car as recently as 2016, and the redesigned Jetta is yet again a conservatively-styled sedan in a showroom where customers are increasingly turning to Golfs and Tiguans.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -34% to 935 – Ranked third among midsize cars despite a one-third drop in Canadian sales, Nissan is looking forward to the launch of an all-new 2019 Altima to spur a measure of renewed interest in the sector. Altima volume fell 60 percent over the last decade.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -4% to 977 – Nissan’s Canadian sales are strengthening, but that’s despite the slowdowns in Nissan’s car lineup. Thank the Qashqai, Titan, Murano, and Frontier, because sales of the Altima, Maxima, Micra, Sentra, and this Versa Note are all declining. The Versa Note is Canada’s second-best-selling subcompact car.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -16% to 1,017 – As Kia Canada ramps up incentives in an attempt to maintain Soul popularity, Kia’s most overtly stylish model has absorbed a 16-percent year-over-year downturn in early 2018. Soul sales in 2017 fell to a three-year low.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -26% to 1,049 – As Hyundai Canada prepares to release an all-new Accent, the outgoing model is suffering from rapidly declining sales. Accent sales tumbled 44 percent between 2014 and 2017 and have taken a big hit in early 2018, as well. Yet the smallest Hyundai is still Canada’s best-selling subcompact car.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -1% to 1,381 – Kia Forte sales surged to record levels in 2017 and are only slightly off that pace in 2018. Kia is preparing to launch the third-generation Forte this year, and the goal is that Kia will continue to grow its market share in a segment where many competitors are quickly fading.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +7% to 1,447 – Launched last fall in all-new, tenth-gen form, the 2018 Honda Accord is a critically acclaimed midsize sedan. It’s also Canada’s second-best-selling midsize sedan. Yet in Canada, that means rather little. As the segment collapses, Honda is on pace for 14,500 calendar year sales. That’ll be a four-year high, but only a fraction of the 23,000 Accords Honda Canada sold a decade ago.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -15% to 1,477 – Including sales of the WRX and STI, performance sedans based on the previous-generation Impreza, total compact Subaru car volume is strong enough to rank 11th overall. But slowing sales of the conventional Impreza sedan and hatch – they’re down 23 percent – is more than cancelling out the gains made by the WRX/STI, which are up 4 percent year-to-date.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +2% to 1,499 – In a slowing car market, where midsize family sedans are being rejected by legions of buyers who now prefer small and midsize SUVs, Canadian sales of the Toyota Camry – newly relaunched last summer – are rising, albeit slowly. Still, at the current rate of growth, Toyota will report fewer than 15,000 Camry sales in 2018, well down from the 18,000-plus sold as recently as 2013 or the 28,000-plus sold in 2007.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -7% to 1,545 – When the current Focus arrived on the market in 2012, Ford Canada reported 27,936 total Focus sales. But in 2013, Focus volume declined. That happened again in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. And compared with 2017, when Focus sales fell to a 14-year low, Canadian Focus sales in early 2018 are down 7 percent.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -15% to 1,560 – Approaching the end of its seventh generation, Canadian sales of the Nissan Sentra are tanking in early 2018. It will likely be the Sentra’s fourth consecutive year of decline.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -7% to 1,595 – Despite a modest downturn, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is, by a massive margin, Canada’s top-selling premium brand car through the first two months of 2018. Its closest direct rival doesn’t even sell half as often.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -3% to 2,899 – Set to be replaced by an all-new model for 2019, likely with a revolutionary, highly efficient, very torquey new engine format, the current Mazda 3 has seen sales nosedive since last topping 40,000 units in 2014. Only 27,862 3s were sold in 2017; Mazda is on pace to barely hit 27,000 in 2018. Mazda Canada sold more than 50,000 3s in 2008.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +45% to 3,041 – Now wildly more common than its sibling, the Volkswagen Jetta, sales of the large Volkswagen Golf family have risen 45 percent in early 2018. Combine that Golf surge with a big SUV increase from the new Tiguan and Atlas and you have a Volkswagen brand that’s clearly on the mend: sales are up 38 percent so far this year.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -6% to 4,060 – Consistently Canada’s second-best-selling car, the Hyundai Elantra lost that silver medal position to the Toyota Corolla in calendar year 2017. In early 2018, with a 6-percent downturn, Hyundai’s best seller has fallen off the podium altogether. The Elantra is part of a Hyundai lineup that tumbled 11 percent in the early part of 2018.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +59% to 4,250 – Stepping past a couple of cars that typically generate greater Canadian popularity, the Chevrolet Cruze reported a massive year-over-year surge in Canadian sales during the first two months of 2017. In part, that’s due to disappointing results one year ago. Nevertheless, the Cruze, Canada’s fifth-best-selling car in 2017, is presently ranked third.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: -13% to 5,221 – To unseat the top-ranked Honda Civic, the second-ranked Toyota Corolla will have to outsell the Civic by roughly 300 units per month over the remainder of the year. It seems highly unlikely. Meanwhile, Civic sales have grown 13 percent, year-over-year, in early 2018. Corolla sales have fallen 13 percent.
– February 2018 YTD Sales: +13% to 8,181 – There are thousands of Canadians who have been eligible to vote for more than a year who weren’t even alive when the Honda Civic began its 20-year streak as Canada’s best-selling car. We’re only two months of the way into 2018 and already Honda appears to have a very comfortable lead on its quest to make the Civic No.1 for a 21st consecutive year.