More than 2 million cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans were sold in Canada in 2017 – and these were the 30 most popular vehicles
#30: Subaru Impreza
– 2017 Sales: +31% to 15,233 – Including 4,616 sales of the Impreza-based WRX/STI tandem and 10,617 sales of the Impreza hatchback and sedan, Subaru reported 15,233 total Impreza sales in 2017. Out of a remarkably balanced lineup — Subaru also reported five-digit volume for the Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback — the Impreza led the way with massive year-over-year improvement in 2017, a remarkable bucking of an industry-wide anti-car trend.
#29: Toyota Highlander
– 2017 Sales: +18% to 15,259 – Among SUVs/crossovers that come standard with a third row of seats, the Toyota Highlander is Canada’s second-best-selling model, trailing only the Ford Explorer. Renowned for lofty resale volume and exceptional reliability, the Highlander is also a very nicely laid out vehicle, with seating for up to eight. There’s also a hybrid version of the Highlander, a rarity in the segment.
#28: Toyota Sienna
– 2017 Sales: +15% to 15,470 – Ranked second among minivans in Canada, Toyota Sienna sales surged in 2017 to the highest level in 13 years. Though a distant second place to the value-minded Dodge Grand Caravan, the aging Sienna did outsell the new Honda Odyssey by a wide margin in 2018. Although the Sienna is the same van that was launched in 2011, steady improvements have been more than sufficient to maintain and increase popularity.
#27: Kia Sorento
– 2017 Sales: years in 2011 and 2016.
#26: Kia Forte
– 2017 Sales: +33% to 16,388 – Kia’s best-selling model, the Forte produced a one-third year-over-year sales increase in 2017, an increase worth more than 4,000 sales. That’s a jarring improvement given the degree to which Canadians are steadily turning away from cars. Passenger cars accounted for less than one-third of Canadian auto sales in 2017.
#25: Jeep Grand Cherokee
– 2017 Sales: +13% to 16,877 – Following record sales in 2016, the Jeep brand’s 15 percent year-over-year decline was a major disappointment in 2017. But there were bright spots in this major transition year for Jeep, and one was the continued increase in sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA Canada is now selling more than twice as many Grand Cherokees as Jeep managed to sell a decade ago.
#24: Jeep Wrangler
– 2017 Sales: -5% to 17,296 – Ending an 11-year run in 2017, Jeep’s transition into an all-new 2018 Wrangler begins now. In the meantime, 2017 sales dropped, albeit mildly, for a third consecutive year. A broader lineup, a future diesel offering, and a sustained reputation as an all-around great off-roader will likely spur significant early demand for the next Wrangler. Regardless, while 2017 volume declined, Jeep is still selling far more Wranglers now than the company did when the outgoing model was the incoming model.
#23: Ford Explorer
– 2017 Sales: +14% to 17,333 – Booming sales of Canada’s top-selling three-row utility vehicle produced four times more Ford Explorer volume in 2017 than Ford managed annually in the lead-up to the current Explorer’s launch nearly eight years ago. Operating across a vast price spectrum, the Explorer lines up with the wishlists of a wide variety of different buyers, especially buyers who would’ve acquired a minivan in a bygone era.
#22: Volkswagen Jetta
– 2017 Sales: -17% to 17,483 – There’s a new Volkswagen Jetta due sometime in 2018. But in the meantime, sales of the aging fifth-gen Jetta plunged 17 percent in 2017 and were little more than half as strong last year as in 2014. The Jetta has ceded much of its popularity in old age to the more upmarket Golf and a bevy of hot-selling rivals like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
#21: Ford Edge
– 2017 Sales: -3% to 19,967 – After growth in each of the last three years included an all-time Ford Edge sales record in 2016, Ford Canada couldn’t quite match that sales pace in 2017. Edge volume declined by a modest 46 units per month last year. Squeezed between the less costly and smaller Escape and the larger and more costly Explorer, the Edge produces big volume from a narrow niche. A decade ago, Ford sold fewer than 12,000 units per year.
#20: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
– 2017 Sales: -11% to 21,615 – Having aged in third-gen form and lost much of the limelight to the slightly smaller Hyundai tucson, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport sales fell in 2017 to a nine-year low. The Santa Fe Sport, combined with the Santa Fe XL, still forms roughly half of Hyundai’s utility vehicle volume.
#19: Jeep Cherokee
– 2017 Sales: -27% to 23,702 – Although in 2016 the Jeep Cherokee the best-selling model at FCA’s second-best-selling brand, the Jeep Cherokee’s 27 percent slide in 2017 symbolizes Jeep’s overall decline. After record sales in 2016, Jeep volume tumbled 15 percent, and both Ram and Dodge outsold the Jeep division by wide margins last year. The Cherokee remains Jeep’s best seller, volume slid by nearly 9,000 units in 2017, compared with 2016.
#18: Chevrolet Equinox
– 2017 Sales: +27% to 24,446 – Only twice since the first-generation Chevrolet Equinox landed in 2004 – in 2011 and 2012 – have Chevrolet Equinox sales topped 20,000 units. 2017 made it three times with a new record of 24,446 sales, a figure boosted by the arrival of a much-improved new model and the clear-out of second-gen Equinoxes. Combined with its GMC Terrain fraternal twin, GM’s larger two-row SUV duo collected 12 percent of the company’s Canadian volume.
#17: Volkswagen Golf
– 2017 Sales: +23% to 24,604 – With hatchbacks and wagons and tall wagons and a pair of performance iterations, the Volkswagen Golf is a global favourite precisely because it meets a wide variety of global needs. In Canada, Golf sales are stronger than ever, rising by nearly a quarter to 24,604 units in 2017, sixth among cars.
#16: Mazda CX-5
– 2017 Sales: +1% to 25,404 – A fifth consecutive year of growth for Mazda’s top-selling crossover wasn’t abnormal for Mazda Canada’s CX range in 2017. Both the CX-3 and CX-9 reported best-ever annual volume, as well. Combined, the three Mazda CX models accounted for 54 percent of Mazda’s sales in 2017 and helped produce the best overall Mazda sales since 2010.
#15: Chevrolet Cruze
– 2017 Sales: +3% to 27,520 – Although sales of the Chevrolet Cruze rose 3 percent in 2017, year-over-year, this wasn’t a year of great success for GM’s compact car. Over a five-year span between 2011 and 2015, Chevrolet consistently sold more than 30,000 per year. Nevertheless, swinging upward with the help of a hatchback is no straightforward deed in 2017, not with Canadians now selecting fewer than two cars for every four light trucks.
#14: Mazda 3
– 2017 Sales: +1% to 27,862 – Mazda 3 sales declined sharply between 2014 and 2016, but 2017’s slight uptick represents a turn, albeit a modest one, in the right direction. A new Mazda 3 is expected to be unveiled in 2018, and for a model that now generates fewer than 30,000 annual sales but recently routinely achieved more than 40,000 annual sales, a new 3 surely won’t hurt.
#13: Hyundai Tucson
– 2017 Sales: +28% to 30,467 – If this rate of growth continues, don’t be surprised if 2018 or 2019 marks the first year in which the Hyundai Tucson is Hyundai Canada’s best-selling model. Handsome styling, efficient engines, a comfortable cabin, and tidy exterior dimensions make the Tucson an appealing package, especially for SUV buyers on a budget. Thus, sales have never been higher.
#12: Nissan Rogue
– 2017 Sales: +8% to 43,418 – Nissan Canada reported record Nissan Rogue sales in 2017 despite the addition of a worthy competitor right inside Nissan’s own showrooms. The Nissan Qashqai quickly became one of Nissan’s top sellers, as well, and ended the year with 8,970 total sales to go along with the 43,418 Rogues.
#11: Hyundai Elantra
– 2017 Sales: -6% to 46,112 – Canada’s second-best-selling car for six consecutive years succumbed to the pressure of a global favourite in 2017. The Toyota Corolla now stands in the position held for so long by the Hyundai Elantra, which tumbled 6 percent while sales of many high-volume competitors made surprising gains last year.
#10: Dodge Grand Caravan
– 2017 Sales: -9% to 46,933 – Canada’s best-selling minivan remains a fleet favourite and suffered somewhat in 2017 from a plant shutdown, but the Dodge Grand Caravan is indisputably Canada’s Canadian-made king of minivans. More than half of all minivans sold in Canada in 2017 were Dodges.
#9: Ford Escape
– 2017 Sales: +3% to 47,880 – After two consecutive years of decline for a vehicle that was traditionally the best-selling SUV in Canada, Ford reported modest Escape recovery in 2017. Still well off the record pace from 2014 (when 52,198 units were sold) the Escape is selling more than sufficiently healthy for a vehicle that is now entering its sixth model year.
#8: Toyota Corolla
– 2017 Sales: +10% to 50,332 – Including the former Scion iM that’s now known as the Toyota Corolla iM, the overall Toyota lineup produced more than 50,000 sales in 2017, the highest mark for the Corolla since the recession. No longer the most popular Toyota in Canada, the made-in-Canada Corolla is still bucking Canada’s general anti-car trend with a 10-percent year-over-year increase.
#7: Honda CR-V
– 2017 Sales: +13% to 50,443 – Bursting past its own one-year-old sales record, the fifth-generation Honda CR-V came within a few whiskers of catching the Toyota RAV4 but narrowly missed out on account of a broader RAV4 lineup. While Toyota sells a RAV4 Hybrid, for instance, Honda’s CR-V lineup is more uniform. Nevertheless, 2017 was the best year ever for Honda Canada’s made-in-Canada CR-V, Canada’s second-best-selling utility vehicle.
#6: Toyota RAV4
– 2017 Sales: +4% to 50,894 – For a second consecutive year, and breaking a long-held streak of domination by the Ford Escape, the Toyota RAV4 was once again Canada’s best-selling SUV/crossover in 2017. And by topping the Toyota Corolla sedan and Corolla iM, the RAV4 was also Canada’s top-selling Toyota.
#5: Chevrolet Silverado
– 2017 Sales: +32% to 59,066 – The top-selling GM vehicle in America splits the load in Canada with the slightly more common GMC Sierra. Combined, they’re a force to be reckoned with, especially in 2017 as the two trucks easily outsold the Ram P/U and both set all-time sales records. Still well off the pace of the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado is an absolutely vital member of the Bowtie family, outselling Chevrolet’s entire car division in 2017.
#4: GMC Sierra
– 2017 Sales: +21% to 61,883 – An all-time record from General Motors’ top-selling vehicle propelled GM’s overall share of Canada’s pickup truck market, when combining the GMC Sierra with its Chevrolet Silverado twin, to 28 percent. Combined, the two trucks outsold the second-ranked Ram P/U by more than 22,000 units.
#3: Honda Civic
– 2017 Sales: +7% to 69,030 – For a 20th consecutive year, continuing a streak that began in 1998, the Honda Civic was Canada’s best-selling car in 2017. The Civic’s 69,030 units were enough to rank the expansive Civic range third overall. While well behind the two top truck lineups, the Civic expanded its margin of victory over rival cars. In 2016, the Civic outsold the second-ranked car by an impressive 15,677 sales. In 2017, the margin grew to 18,698 sales.
#2: Ram P/U
– 2017 Sales: +11% to 98,465 – Setting a new sales record with nearly 100,000 Canadian sales in 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram 1500 and Ram HD lineup produced 37 percent of FCA’s Canadian volume in 2017. Ram trucks outsold the entire Jeep brand in 2017 and topped FCA’s car volume by more than a five-to-one margin.
#1: Ford F-Series
– 2017 Sales: +7% to 155,290 – Smashing its own all-time sales record, the F-Series line of Blue Oval pickups (led by the Ford F-150) also set a new record for any vehicle line of any type. No competing vehicle has ever generated more than 100,000 sales in a single calendar year. Yet 2017 became the sixth consecutive year above 100,000 units for the Ford, which accounts for half of Canada’s Ford Motor Company volume.
For the first time in History, more than 2 million new vehicles were purchased and leased in Canada during calendar year 2017. It marks the end of a fifth consecutive year of record Canadian auto sales and the eighth consecutive year of growth.
Yet among the hundreds of new vehicles nameplates marketed in Canada in last year, nearly six in ten sales were produced by only 30 specific vehicles. Here are these 30 vehicles, the 30 most popular vehicles in Canada in 2017.