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Most Popular Cars in Canada, First Half of 2021

There’s a new reigning champion.


  • The Toyota Corolla is currently #1 among the most popular cars in Canada.

  • The Honda Civic slipped to 2nd place, followed by the Hyundai Elantra.

  • The Nissan Sentra climbed back onto the list compared to H1 2020.


Dealerships may be scrambling to stock SUVs and pickup trucks due to the microchip shortage, but most sedans and hatchbacks have been largely spared from the technological crisis that’s a ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the list of the most popular cars in Canada after the first six months of 2021.

However, and as usual, passenger car sales are down in the dumps, and it’s not getting better. During the second of quarter of 2021, light-vehicle sales rose by 51.7% compared to Q2 of 2020 at 484,201 units, but dropped by 15.1% compared to Q2 2019. Through the first half of the year, sales rose by 33.2% compared to H1 2020 at 868,394 units, but dropped by 11.8% compared to H1 2019. However, passenger-car sales represent only 19.3% of new-vehicle sales overall, while they accounted for 21.8% after the first half of 2020.

10. Nissan Sentra (5,006 units sold)

2021 Nissan Sentra

Shooting up from 14th to 10th place over the past year, the Nissan Sentra is back in the top 10. Sales were up 112.1% during the second quarter of 2021, and up 103.0% through the first six months of year compared to the same period last year.

9. Volkswagen Jetta (5,619 units sold)

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Despite a 46.6% rise in sales during Q2, and a modest 19.7% increase through the first half of 2021, the Volkswagen Jetta dropped a spot on the list from 8th to 9th.

8. Volkswagen Golf (5,707 units sold)

The regular Volkswagen Golf’s demise has already been announced, and only the Golf GTI and Golf R will remain on sale in Canada and in the U.S., so we can expect the compact hatchback to eventually slide off the list most popular cars in Canada. It moved from 4th to 8th place with a 7.4% decrease in sales during the second quarter of the year, and a 16.2% drop during H1.

7. Toyota Camry (6,012 units sold)

2021 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

With a solid sales increase of 151.6% during Q2 2021, and a 58.7% rise over the first six months of the year, the Toyota Camry was able to move up from 9th to 7th place.

6. Mazda3 (6,209 units sold)

The Mazda3 is keeping a good sales pace with a 36.6% rise during Q2 2021, and an increase of 17.4% through the first half of the year. A performance allowing it to move up from 7th to 6th place.

5. Tesla Model 3 (6,400 units sold)

2021 Tesla Model 3 | Photo: Tesla

The only fully electric car among the most popular cars in Canada, the Tesla Model 3 saw its second-quarter and first-half sales increase by 14.3%. The rounded-off figure is indicative that the American EV brand is providing estimated numbers, not an exact count. Still, the Model 3 is selling quite well.

4. Kia Forte

2021 Kia Forte

With a second-quarter increase of 78.8% and a first-half hike of 32.0% this year, the Kia Forte grabbed 4th place on the list, up from 5th place at the same time last year.

3. Hyundai Elantra (12,486 units sold)

2021 Hyundai Elantra

The redesigned Hyundai Elantra is doing very well, with an increase of 47.8% in sales during Q2 2021, and 28.8% over the first six months of the year. It remains sitting comfortably in 3rd place.

2. Honda Civic (20,243 units sold)

2022 Honda Civic

It’s going to be an interesting race to the finish line. The Honda Civic has been the country’s best-selling car for some two decades, but despite a 42.6% hike in sales during Q2 2021, and an 11.3% increase over the first half of the year, it dropped into second place. Although it trails its arch rival compact car by just 329 units. We’ll see if the redesigned 2022 Civic will turn the tide over the second half of 2021.

1. Toyota Corolla (20,572 units sold)

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Thanks to a 93.3% jump in sales during the second quarter of the year, and a 39.2% increase through the six months, the Toyota Corolla is currently outselling the Civic, and tops the list of most popular cars in Canada.

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