2020 was a rough year for automakers and dealerships. As a whole, Canadians bought roughly 400,000 fewer automobiles compared to the 2,074,143 new motor vehicles sold in 2019. The 11 year low of 1.55 million in sales marked the second-biggest year-over-year decrease in sales of all-time.
The Ford F-Series trucks were down 11% in 2020 but still topped the Canadian market with 128,649 units sold. This ensured it retained its best-selling vehicle in Canada title for the 11th straight year. The F-Series sold a whopping 44,977 more units than the next closest vehicle: The Dodge Ram.
Looking at total vehicle sales, only the top two(!) cars on this list make the top 10. Canadians seem to love their crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
Keep on reading to see if your favourite car made the list of the 10 best-selling cars in Canada:
Canada’s Best-Selling Cars
10. Honda Accord
Units sold: 7,844
Coming in at number 10 is the Honda Accord. There are a lot of things to love about the Accord, including a powerful and fuel-efficient engine, cavernous interior, upscale materials, and sporty handling features. It was the top-rated mid-size sedan according to Edmunds.
9. Kia Soul
Units sold: 9,869
What is the Kia Soul? Is it a car, a crossover, an SUV, an urban utility vehicle? We’re not sure, but for the purposes of this article, it’s a car. It’s ambiguity is by-design and what helps it stand out.
As per Kia’s website, “It’s never looked like anything else on the road.”
That’s for sure!
8. Volkswagen Jetta
Units sold: 10,552
There were a lot of cool new perks in the 2020 Jetta that kept it on the top 10 list for 2020. Take the in-car WiFi capability as an example — featured in every model. If you hate the cold and love the Jetta, the Cold Weather Package is a must. Heated steering wheel, rear seats, wipers, and washer nozzles, as well as a remote start, are exactly how you get through a Canadian winter with a smile on your face.
7. Toyota Camry
Units sold: 11,631
The unwavering reliability of the Corolla can only be matched by its older sibling, the Camry. If you’re a fan of family sedans, yes, you’re part of a rapidly shrinking demographic but there’s nothing not to like about the Camry. This car comes in a fuel-efficient four-cylinder model, a powerful V6, and an eco-friendly hybrid. There’s something for everyone!
6. Volkswagen Golf
Units sold: 13,113
How do you know if you’ll love driving a Golf? If you enjoy efficiency, simplicity, and versatility wrapped up in an iconic design, you should probably check out the Golf!
5. Mazda 3
Units sold: 14,788
We’ll let this review from Edmunds sum up the Mazda 3:
“If all you need is basic transportation, you can pretty much just pick a name out of a hat and be satisfied. But what if you want something that’s a little special? That’s where the 2020 Mazda 3 comes in.”
It may be the slickest-looking car on this list, and it is fun to drive.
4. Kia Forte
Units sold: 16,715
The Forte was the biggest mover in this year’s top 10, jumping from #7 to #4. This jump makes sense given the low price point, terrific fuel economy, and many standard features. If you’re into cars with tech, you’re going to love the Forte. The “infotainment” and connectivity you get on all trim levels is terrific and features an 8” touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
3. Hyundai Elantra
Units sold: 25,006
There is A LOT to like about Hyundai’s flagship car. The Elantra starts at just $17,899, comes standard with a touchscreen that works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the Sport model features a surprisingly strong 201 horsepower engine.
Car and Driver called the Elantra a “no-nonsense, value-packed compact sedan” and that sums it up perfectly.
2. Toyota Corolla
Units sold: 37,156
The Corolla underwent a complete redesign in 2020 and, love it or hate it, its sales remained steady enough in a volatile market to keep it in the #2 spot on this list.
What remains constant about the Corolla, despite its “surprisingly cool” redesign, is its reliability and equitable price point.
1. Honda Civic
Units sold: 50,805
Of Canada’s best-selling cars, the Honda Civic is the only car on this list that will continue to be manufactured in Canada (Alliston, ON).
The Civic has retained the title of Canada’s favourite car for 23 straight years and, while total units sold are down considerably, no other car comes even close to selling as many units as the Civic.
While the best-selling cars list remains relatively unchanged from 2019 (besides far fewer cars being sold overall), Canada could soon see a challenger break into the top 10.
In December 2020, the Tesla Model-3 sold 1,080 units, making it the 9th most-sold car in Canada that month. In November, Tesla sold 776 units (8th) and in October, they sold 945 (7th).
With all the fanfare around Tesla, it’s meteoric stock ($TSLA), and the release of the Cybertruck in 2021, you can expect this car to crack the top 10 soon!
(Check out the full list of all 133 cars sold in Canada by clicking here.)
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