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Most Popular Cars in Canada, First Half of 2020

Some models suffered more than others during the second quarter.


  • Sales of passenger cars dropped by 57.1%, compared to 39.7% for light trucks.

  • Honda Civic remains tops among most popular cars in Canada.

  • Top 10 best-selling remains the same; Chevrolet Spark almost made it.


If Q1 2020 car sales in Canada were bad, the second quarter was inevitably worse. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc for the nation’s economy, and automobile dealerships are just starting to gain momentum again. Passenger-car sales nosedived by 57.1% in the first half of 2020 in Canada, compared to the year before, while SUVs and trucks combined saw their sales drop by 39.7%. Here’s the latest ranking of the most popular cars in Canada, and while the top 10 models haven’t changed, a couple have switched positions.

Most Popular Cars in Canada, First Quarter of 2020

It’s worth noting that none of these cars saw a sales increase year-over-year. And despite a valiant effort, the Chevrolet Spark just missed the top 10 list, surpassing the Tesla Model 3 and the Honda Accord to end up in 11th place. Better luck next time.

10. Ford Fusion (3,499 units sold)

The midsize sedan finished the 2019 calendar year in 12th position on the most popular cars list, climbed back up to 8th place after the first quarter of 2020, but has slipped two spots to 10th place after the first six months of the year. The Ford Fusion‘s sales dropped by 57.2% during Q2 and 30.5% through the half of 2020.

9. Toyota Camry (3,788 units sold)

The Toyota Camry outgunned its midsize sedan rival Fusion by moving up two spots to 9th place. This despite sales dropping by a significant 71.5% during Q2, and by 55.9% through the first six months of the year.

8. Volkswagen Jetta (4,694 units sold)

The Volkswagen Jetta dropped to 8th place on the list of most popular cars in Canada, even though its Q2 2020 sales dropped by 60.3% compared to the same period in 2019, and by 44.4% after the first half of 2020.

7. Mazda3 (5,287 units sold)

Mazda3
2020 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

The Mazda3 ranks 7th, down a spot compared to the first quarter of 2020. Its sales dropped by 60.5% during Q2, and by 54.2% through the first six months of the year.

6. Tesla Model 3 (5,600 units sold)

The Tesla Model 3 is by far the best-selling electric vehicle in Canada, and manages to grab the 6th spot on the list this time around.

5. Kia Forte (5,670 units sold)

2020 Kia Forte
2020 Kia Forte | Photo: Kia

With a sales drop of “only” 37.3% during the second quarter of 2020, and of 27.8% after the first six months, the Kia Forte distanced the Mazda3 slightly on the list of most popular cars in Canada.

4. Volkswagen Golf (6,812 units sold)

2020 Volkswagen Golf
2020 Volkswagen Golf | Photo: Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Golf is the car that has suffered the least from the COVID-19 pandemic, posting a Q2 sales drop of 29.4%, and a decrease of 21.7% through the first six months of the year. It’s still far away from the podium.

3. Hyundai Elantra (9,695 units sold)

2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Hyundai Elantra | Photo: Hyundai

The usual trio that dominates the most popular cars in Canada list is still going strong, and the Hyundai Elantra keeps its #3 spot with despite a 56.2% decline in sales in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, and a 48.1% drop after the first six months of the year.

2. Toyota Corolla (14,781 units sold)

2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota

The Toyota Corolla saw its sales decrease by 54.7% during Q2 2020, and by 40.0% after the half of the year, and yet it still has its sights on its nemesis that’s been standing tall on the passenger-car sales podium for the last 20-ish years. Despite remaining in 2nd place on the list, it’s catching up to the #1 model.

1. Honda Civic (18,193 units sold)

2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic | Photo: Honda

Once again, the Honda Civic stands tall as the best-selling car in Canada after the first half of 2020, but the Corolla is once again approaching in its rearview mirror. Civic sales sunk by 49.7% during the second quarter and by 43.8% through the first six months. And although it tops the most popular cars in Canada list, there are one crossover and four pickup trucks that sell in greater numbers.

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