Through 2017’s first nine months, these are Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles
#30: Honda Accord
– 2017 9 Months: +6% to 11,418 – Despite general midsize malaise, Canadian sales of the Honda Accord are up 6 percent in 2017 as Honda seeks to clear out remaining examples in advance of an all-new 2018 Accord’s arrival. After years of Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion dominance, the Honda Accord is currently Canada’s top-selling midsize car.
#29: Toyota Highlander
– 2017 9 Months: +22% to 11,800 – The Toyota Highlander is Canada’s second-best-selling three-row utility vehicle, 2,086 sales behind the Ford Explorer. 2017 is set to be the Highlander’s seventh consecutive year of growth. Canadian Highlander volume has virtually tripled in the last decade.
#28: Toyota Sienna
– 2017 9 Months: +14% to 11,922 – Through the first nine months of 2017, the Toyota Sienna is Canada’s second-best-selling minivan, albeit well back of the top-ranked Dodge Grand Caravan. Sienna sales are sliding south of the border, but in Canada, Toyota’s minivan is on track in 2017 to produce a 13-year sales high.
#27: Kia Sorento
– 2017 9 Months: Level at 12,233 – Kia Canada’s second-best-selling model, the Kia Sorento produced an all-time Canadian sales record in 2016 and stands a fair chance of breaking that record in 2017. Meanwhile, Kia’s other crossover, the two-row Sportage, is up 21 percent so far this year and is also on track to report its best Canadian sales year in history.
#26: Jeep Wrangler
– 2017 9 Months: -18% to 12,686 – As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prepares to unveil an all-new Jeep Wrangler for the 2018 model year, sales of the outgoing model have plunged in Canada thanks to decreased interest in an aged model and unwelcome pricing changes. Jeep is therefore on track for its lowest-volume Wrangler sales year since 2010.
#25: Jeep Grand Cherokee
– 2017 9 Months: +10% to 13,013 – As Jeep sales tumbled 16 percent in Canada during the first three-quarters of 2017, a disappointing follow-up to 2016’s record output, the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee stands out as a bright spot in the lineup. 2017 is set to be the Grand Cherokee’s seventh year of growth in the last eight years.
#24: Kia Forte
– 2017 9 Months: +40% to 13,702 – Presently Kia Canada’s most popular model, the Kia Forte accounts for just under one-quarter of the brand’s volume. With an incentive-boosted 40-percent uptick in 2017, the Forte is now Canada’s eighth-best-selling compact car.
#23: Ford Explorer
– 2017 9 Months: +25% to 13,886 – No SUV/crossover with a standard third-row sells more often in Canada than the Ford Explorer. Ford Canada averaged barely more than 7,000 annual Explorer sales between 2007 and 2014, but 2017 will be the Explorer’s third consecutive year with more than 15,000 sales.
#22: Volkswagen Jetta
– 2017 9 Months: -16% to 14,448 – As Volkswagen Canada sales recover following 2015’s diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen Jetta sales are not recovering. Thank new SUVs like the Atlas and Tiguan, plus the Golf Alltrack, for bolstering the Volkswagen lineup. 2017 is on track to end as the worst year for Jetta sales since 2010.
#21: Ford Edge
– 2017 9 Months: -3% to 16,036 – Squeezed between the Ford Escape, Canada’s third-best-selling SUV/crossover, and the Ford Explorer, Canada’s best-selling three-row SUV/crossover, is the Ford Edge. It’s a narrow niche, but there’s clearly plenty of room for the Edge to breathe. Ford is on track for the Edge’s second-best-year ever and is only 3-percent off 2016’s record pace.
#20: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
– 2017 9 Months: -11% to 16,873 – Although the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has undoubtedly lost some of its appeal now that the more affordable Hyundai Tucson is much improved, the Santa Fe Sport remains a hugely important vehicle for Hyundai. 2017 is the ninth consecutive year in which more than 20,000 copies will be sold in Canada. Combined with the Santa Fe XL, total Santa Fe sales are down 14 percent to 22,145 units so far this year.
#19: Jeep Cherokee
– 2017 9 Months: -25% to 18,342 – It’s Jeep’s best-selling model, but the Jeep Cherokee has lost heaps of market share since volume peaked in 2016. Cherokee sales are down by a quarter in 2017, a striking downturn for the nearly five-year-old brand leader given the market’s surge and Canada’s overall affection for SUVs.
#18: Chevrolet Equinox
– 2017 9 Months: +39% to 19,035 – Recently relaunched in all-new, third-generation form, Canadian sales of the Chevrolet Equinox nameplate surged in 2017’s first three-quarters as Chevrolet amplified deals on the outgoing model. 2017 output should have no trouble breaking 2011’s record of 22,468 Canadian Equinox sales.
#17: Volkswagen Golf
– 2017 9 Months: +20% to 19,052 – The expansive Volkswagen Golf lineup no longer includes any TDI diesel variants, but there’s still a range of hatchbacks and now two wagons to suit the needs of 2,100 Canadian buyers each month. Only four years ago, Volkswagen Canada was selling fewer than 1,000 Golfs per month.
#16: Mazda CX-5
– 2017 9 Months: +2% to 19,110 – Already the best-selling Mazda in America, it won’t likely be long before the Mazda CX-5 overtakes the Mazda 3 to lead all Mazdas north of the border, as well. Nearly two-thirds of the Mazda crossovers sold in Canada are CX-5s. One third of all Mazdas sold are CX-5s.
#15: Mazda 3
– 2017 9 Months: +4% to 22,121 – After losing 45 percent of its volume between 2008 and 2016, Mazda 3 sales are beginning to recover. Slowly. Gradually. The 4-percent uptick in the first three-quarters of 2017 allows the Mazda 3 to maintain a position as Canada’s fifth-best-selling car, only 75 sales behind the third-ranked Chevrolet Cruze.
#14: Chevrolet Cruze
– 2017 9 Months: +16% to 22,196 – Chevrolet Cruze sales fell to an all-time low of 26,824 units in Canada in 2016, but with a new hatchback variant and a new diesel version coming online, Cruze sales in 2017 are up 16 percent, a gain of more than 3,000 units through the first nine months of 2017. Cruze sales are on track to top 30,000 units once again in 2017.
#13: Hyundai Tucson
– 2017 9 Months: +25% to 24,245 – For years, the Hyundai Tucson was second fiddle in Hyundai Canada’s utility vehicle lineup, a bit player in the shadow of the Santa Fe Sport. But with the launch of the third-generation Tucson came newfound popularity. 2017 is on track to be the Tucson’s fourth consecutive year of growth. Tucson sales have risen 150 percent since 2014 and have nearly doubled in the last two years.
#12: Nissan Rogue
– 2017 9 Months: +12% to 33,180 – Now facing a great deal of competition right inside Nissan’s showroom from the Qashqai (called the Rogue Sport in the U.S.), the Nissan Rogue’s rapid rate of growth has predictably slowed. But even as Nissan Canada sold 5,257 Qashqais since May, the brand also managed to sell over 19,000 Rogues during the same period.
#11: Hyundai Elantra
– 2017 9 Months: -9% to 36,677 – Competition isn’t supposed to be easy. That’s why they call it competitive. For the Hyundai Elantra, competition of late has proven particularly challenging, as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are managing to grow their sales in an increasingly anti-car market. Elantra sales, meanwhile, are forecast to fall in 2017 to a seven-year low.
#10: Dodge Grand Caravan
– 2017 9 Months: -10% to 36,771 – The Dodge Grand Caravan’s Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant is undergoing changes now to make the Dodge minivan suitable for sale in 2018. But as the Grand Caravan ages, it becomes clearer that retail demand for this van is shrinking. Grand Caravan volume is expected to fall to an eight-year low in 2017, though it will still be Canada’s best-selling minivan overall, and by a long shot.
#9: Ford Escape
– 2017 9 Months: +6% to 37,177 – Historically Canada’s best-selling SUV/crossover, the Ford Escape fell into second spot in 2016. The Escape is now Canada’s third-best-selling utility vehicle, not because of any slowdown of its own but more rapid growth from the Escape’s two top competitors. The Escape is the second-best-selling product at Canada’s best-selling manufacturer, outselling Ford’s entire car division by nearly 6,800 sales so far this year.
#8: Honda CR-V
– 2017 9 Months: +11% to 37,714 – Launched last winter in as an all-new fifth-generation model, the Honda CR-V has enjoyed steady increases in popularity ever since, so much so that dealers often don’t have as many as they could sell. The CR-V is Canada’s second-best-selling utility vehicle overall, surpassed by the Toyota RAV4 in large part due to the RAV4 Hybrid offering, which accounts for 5,183 sales so far this year. The RAV4 leads the CR-V by 2,181 sales overall.
#7: Toyota RAV4
– 2017 9 Months: +4% to 39,895 – Canada’s best-selling SUV/crossover in 2016 is almost certain to end 2017 as a repeat winner. Toyota RAV4 sales rose 4 percent in the first three-quarters of 2017 thanks to a 3-percent uptick in sales of the conventional RAV4 and a 15-percent rise in RAV4 Hybrid sales. Only the Corolla is more popular in Toyota’s Canadian showrooms.
#6: Toyota Corolla
– 2017 9 Months: +16% to 41,878 – With 4,179 sales from the Toyota Corolla iM – formerly the Scion iM – and 37,699 sales from the Corolla sedan, both sides of the Corolla equation are attracting more sales in 2017 than in 2016. That’s a meaningful event, given the decline of passenger cars in general. Cars now account for just 32 percent of Canadian auto sales, down from 35 percent a year ago.
#5: Chevrolet Silverado
– 2017 9 Months: +31% to 45,727 – The Chevrolet Silverado is one-half of a full-size pickup truck family at General Motors that accounts for four out of every ten GM Canada sales. The Silverado’s 31-percent surge through 2017’s first nine months sets the Chevrolet on track for its best year ever. Indeed, by the end of October, Chevrolet will already have surpassed Silverado highs of the past.
#4: GMC Sierra
– 2017 9 Months: +23% to 48,459 – Like its Chevrolet Silverado twin, the GMC Sierra is on track to produce all-time record sales in 2017. As separate models, they rank fourth and fifth overall. As a single entity, the duo outsold the second-ranked Ram P/U by more than 13,000 sales in the first three-quarters of 2017, driving their share of the Canadian pickup truck market up to 28 percent from 25 percent in 2016.
#3: Honda Civic
– 2017 9 Months: +13% to 56,928 – It’s not news. The Honda Civic is Canada’s best-selling car. It’s been that way for 19 years, and it will be that way in 2017 for a 20th consecutive year. More noteworthy is the fact that the Civic is on track for its best year ever, fighting successfully against a wave of SUVs and crossovers that are stealing sales from most passenger cars.
#2: Ram P/U
– 2017 9 Months: +14% to 80,688 – After slipping slightly from 2015’s record pace in 2016, FCA’s Ram P/U is on track to once again set an all-time sales record in 2017. In fact, if FCA truck sales continue in the fourth-quarter to grow as fast as it has all year, over 100,000 Rams will be sold in 2017. No model has done that in Canada other than the Ford F-Series, which first accomplished that feat in 2012.
#1: Ford F-Series
– 2017 9 Months: +6% to 123,036 – In 2017’s first nine months, Ford has already sold far more copies of its F-Series pickup truck lineup than any other vehicle will produce in 2017. Ford is on track to sell more than 150,000 F-150s and F-Series Super Dutys this year, equal to 8 percent of all Canadian auto sales and precisely half of all Ford Motor Company sales.
Month after month after month, Canadian auto sales are soaring past 2016 record levels. Through the first seven months of 2017, Canadian auto sales are ahead of last year’s pace by more than 5 percent, a gain of more than 80,000 total sales.
These 30 vehicles, Canada’s 30 favourite new vehicle nameplates, accounted for 58 percent of the nearly 1.6 million new vehicles sold between January and September.