They’re not merely the popular vehicles; they are the most popular by a wide margin. Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles in the first quarter of 2018 account for 56 percent of a market that continues to surge toward a sixth consecutive year of record Canadian auto sales. There are signs that point to a downturn – albeit not yet a significant one – as Canadian demand for the best-selling vehicle (and best-selling passenger car) are in decline and overall auto sales dipped marginally in March.
With Canadian auto sales still surging at an all-time record pace, these are the 30 most popular vehicles overall
#30: Kia Sorento
#29: Nissan Murano
#28: Subaru Crosstrek
#27: Toyota Tacoma
#26: Ford Edge
#25: Toyota Sienna
#24: Volkswagen Tiguan
#23: Jeep Grand Cherokee
#22: Nissan Qashqai
#21: Ford Explorer
#20: Hyundai Tucson
#19: Jeep Cherokee
#18: Chevrolet Equinox
#17: Mazda 3
#16: Volkswagen Golf
#15: Mazda CX-5
#14: Chevrolet Cruze
#13: Hyundai Elantra
#12: Dodge Grand Caravan
#11: Toyota Corolla
#10: Ford Escape
#9: Nissan Rogue
#8: Jeep Wrangler
#7: Toyota RAV4
#6: Honda CR-V
#5: GMC Sierra
#4: Chevrolet Silverado
#3: Honda Civic
#2: Ram P/U
#1: Ford F-Series
- #30: Kia Sorento
- #29: Nissan Murano
- #28: Subaru...
- #27: Toyota Tacoma
- #26: Ford Edge
- #25: Toyota Sienna
- #24: Volkswagen...
- #23: Jeep Grand...
- #22: Nissan Qashqai
- #21: Ford Explorer
- #20: Hyundai Tucson
- #19: Jeep Cherokee
- #18: Chevrolet...
- #17: Mazda 3
- #16: Volkswagen Golf
- #15: Mazda CX-5
- #14: Chevrolet Cruze
- #13: Hyundai Elantra
- #12: Dodge Grand...
- #11: Toyota Corolla
- #10: Ford Escape
- #9: Nissan Rogue
- #8: Jeep Wrangler
- #7: Toyota RAV4
- #6: Honda CR-V
- #5: GMC Sierra
- #4: Chevrolet...
- #3: Honda Civic
- #2: Ram P/U
- #1: Ford F-Series
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +14% to 3,233 – As Kia prepares to launch a thoroughly refreshed Sorento for the 2019 model year, sales of the outgoing model are once again on the rise. The Sorento was Canada’s 27th-best-selling vehicle in 2017, its highest-volume year in history and the third consecutive year of growth.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +12% to 3,289 – Canadian sales of the Nissan Murano more than tripled between 2014 and 2017, when Murano volume reached an all-time high. The Murano is now Nissan Canada’s third-best-selling model, and 2018 is on track to be the two-row near-luxury crossover’s fifth consecutive year of growth.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +121% to 3,334 – Subaru’s Canadian sales growth continues apace, with 2018 volume set to be far more than double what Subaru managed as recently as 2011. But Subaru is producing its increasingly hefty volume differently now, as the Crosstrek that didn’t even exist in 2011 is currently the brand’s best seller, having doubled its sales (year-over-year) with the launch of the second-generation model.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +24% to 3,339 – Canada’s best-selling midsize pickup benefits from a legendary reputation for durability, exceptional resale value, and entirely class-competitive capability. The result in early 2018 is a 24-percent year-over-year improvement that puts the Toyota Tacoma on pace for more than 15,000 sales by year’s end.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +2% to 3,479 – Squeezed in between the exceptionally popular two-row Ford Escape and the Ford Explorer, Canada’s best-selling three-row SUV, the Ford Edge reported a modest Canadian sales downturn in 2017. At the current rate of modest growth, Ford is likely to report an Edge sales record in 2018, or close to it.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +8% to 3,596 – Lightly refreshed (yet again) for the 2018 model year, the Toyota Sienna is attempting to prove that minivans aren’t dead after all. If Sienna sales keep growing at the first-quarter rate over the remainder of the year, Toyota minivan sales in 2018 will hit a 14-year high.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +109% to 3,680 – Completely new for 2018 with a third row of seating, the far more spacious second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is quickly proving to be far more popular than the original Tiguan. Year-over-year, Tiguan volume more than doubled in the first-quarter of 2018. By the end of May, Volkswagen Canada will likely have sold more Tiguans in 2018 than in all of 2012.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +5% to 3,696 – Benefitting from renewed attention on the Jeep brand thanks to a new Wrangler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s sales continue to rise despite old age: the current generation has been on sale since the 2011 model year. Grand Cherokee sales have more than tripled since the recession.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: 3,748 – A hit from day one, the Nissan Qashqai has been on sale in Canada for less than a year and nearly 13,000 have been sold already. The Qashqai has made only the smallest dent in demand for the Rogue while also managing to outsell every member of the (often less spacious) subcompact crossover segment.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +10% to 3,924 – By far Canada’s best-selling three-row utility vehicle, Canadian sales of the Ford Explorer are surging yet again in 2018 after jumping 13 percent in 2017. The Explorer is available across a far broader price spectrum than ever before, though there may be a small amount of pressure at the top end from the new Ford Expedition.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -17% to 4,715 – Canadian sales of the Hyundai Tucson nearly tripled between 2014 and 2017, but after rising to an all-time high of more than 30,000 units in 2017 the Tucson is struggling to match that heady pace in 2018. Tucson volume is down by more than 900 sales in early 2018.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -22% to 5,133 – After a near disastrous downturn in 2017, Jeep Cherokee sales continue to slow further in early 2018. Cherokee sales are, in fact, rebounding south of the border in concert with the launch of a revamped model, but we’ve yet to see such a recovery in Canada. Cherokee sales were down 19 percent in March, for example, even as the Jeep brand jumped 44 percent overall.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +2% to 5,303 – The departure of the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox and the arrival of an all-new third-generation Equinox spurred GM Canada’s best-selling utility vehicle to an all-time high of 24,446 sales. Now in the first-quarter of 2018, GM Canada’s leading crossover is on track for a second consecutive record year.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -11% to 5,310 – A slight measure of modest recovery in 2017 seems now to be short-lived. Mazda Canada sold fewer than 28,000 3s in each of the last two years, a far cry from the 50,318 3s sold in 2008. If this decline continues, Mazda will sell fewer than 25,000 3s in 2018.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +37% to 5,403 – While sales of the once exceptionally popular Jetta plunge in advance of an all-new replacement, Volkswagen Canada’s sales of its other compact, the vast Golf range, are quickly rising. Golf sales more than doubled between 2013 and 2017, in part thanks to a lineup that now includes two distinct wagon models and two performance variants.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +19% to 6,097 – Canadian demand for Mazda’s cars is shrinking, but Canadian demand for Mazda’s trio of crossovers is surging. Up 26 percent so far this year, Mazda’s CX lineup is topped by the CX-5, currently Canada’s fifth-best-selling utility vehicle.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +24% to 6,901 – One of handful of popular cars seemingly bent on convincing industry observers that the passenger car as we know is not dead after all, Chevrolet Cruze sales are on the rise. Widely available now in two bodystyles and with a pair of engines, the Cruze’s appeal is broader than ever. The Cruze is part of a Chevrolet car lineup where the Bolt, Camaro, Impala, Sonic, Spark, and Volt have all reported year-over-year sales increases in 2018’s first three months.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -6% to 7,579 – The most popular model at Hyundai, the Elantra’s decline is representative of a broad decline in demand for Hyundais in general. Hyundai Canada sales fell to a six-year low in 2017 and are down 12 percent so far this year. The Elantra’s decline plays a major role in Hyundai’s downturn, with 2018 sales on track to fall to an eight-year low.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -20% to 9,013 – By far Canada’s best-selling minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan is long since outdated and no longer capable of coming remotely close to matching its historic levels of sales success. But there’s an affordability quotient that appeals to daily rental fleets and budget-minded customers who value the Grand Caravan’s power and flexibility. Grand Caravan sales are on track to fall below 40,000 units for the first time since 2008.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -12% to 9,463 – Now consistently Canada’s second-best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla should, in theory, inspire some extra attention when the attractive new Corolla hatchback arrives. But in this anti-car market, even the venerable Corolla is fighting an uphill battle. Corolla sales rose to a three-year high in 2017.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +6% to 9,472 – The growth achieved by top Ford Escape competitors over the last few years has not been matched by the Escape, a former long-time No.1 best seller. Now entering its sixth model year, the Escape is experiencing a modest sales uptick, but it’s Canada’s fifth-best-selling utility, well back of the current No.1.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -4% to 10,096 – The advent of the slightly smaller but more affordable Nissan Qashqai was bound to have an impact on the Nissan Rogue. Fortunately for Nissan, the negative impact of the popular Qashqai has been slight. Combined sales of the Rogue and Qashqai are up 32 percent so far this year.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +197% to 10,492 – It’s been a long time since the Jeep Wrangler and its more popular Wrangler Unlimited were niche vehicles. Between 2007 and 2014 Canadian sales more than doubled. But with the launch of the all-new JL Wrangler, Wrangler sales are skyrocketing, and it’s now Canada’s third-best-selling SUV/crossover, on track for more than 50,000 sales in 2018.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +9% to 10,921 – In 2016, the Toyota RAV4 became Canada’s best-selling utility vehicle for the first time and repeated the feat in 2017. RAV4 sales are still rising, even at the end of the fourth-generation’s tenure. But RAV4 sales aren’t growing quite as fast as sales of the overall best-selling utility, which like the RAV4 is a Canadian-built, Japanese-branded crossover.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +15% to 12,017 – In a Honda lineup where the all-new Accord isn’t catching on and where the top-ranked Civic is faltering, Canadian sales of the Honda CR-V are surging. It’s currently Canada’s best-selling SUV/crossover, and at this current rate of growth Honda could sell well in excess of 55,000 CR-Vs this year.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -7% to 12,230 – In a strange turn that bucks the consistent trend of GMC Sierra sales leadership at GM Canada, the Chevrolet Silverado has eked out a narrow advantage in early 2018. It’s largely a meaningless statistic for the two virtually identical trucks. Combined, they outsell the second-ranked Ram by more than 20 percent.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: +6% to 12,750 – More popular than ever, Canadian sales of the Chevrolet Silverado are surging in a full-size pickup truck market that’s seen three of the top four trucks falter in the first-quarter of 2018. The Silverado is now GM Canada’s best-selling model, and together with its GMC Sierra twin, the trucks account for roughly four out of every ten GM sales.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -6% to 14,460 – In each of the last 20 years, the best-selling passenger car in Canada has been the Honda Civic. Despite a 6-percent downturn to begin 2018, the Civic is well on its way to securing a 21st consecutive title. The Honda has already built a 5,000-unit lead over the No.2 Corolla.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -5% to 20,667 – After record sales in 2017, Fiat Chrysler Canada’s most popular product has fallen shy of last year’s pace in early 2018. The Ram pickup range, led by the light-duty 1500, makes up one-third of FCA’s Canadian volume.
– 2018 Q1 Sales: -14% to 28,491 – Record Ford pickup truck sales in 2017 followed huge growth in consecutive years. Yet through the first-quarter of 2018 Ford Canada has not matched 2017’s output, not a surprise given the downturn experienced by some other popular pickups. The F-Series remains Canada’s best-selling vehicle line, and by a wide margin at that, but the 155,290-unit mark Ford set in 2017 appears less likely to be copied now in 2018.