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Most Popular Cars in Canada, First Quarter of 2021

The Honda Civic’s reign might soon be coming to an end.


  • The Honda Civic is tops among the most popular cars in Canada after Q1 2021.

  • The Nissan Sentra appears on the list, the Ford Fusion drops off.

  • The Toyota Corolla is only 48 units away from moving into 1st place.


As time moves on, the list of the most popular cars in Canada doesn’t see many significant changes, but passenger cars in general are in a downward spiral as consumers shift towards crossovers. As a matter of fact, among the top 20 light vehicles sold in the country, only three aren’t pickup trucks or crossovers.

Before we get to the list, some overall sales numbers. Canadian consumers scooped up 384,355 light vehicles in Q1, a 15.6% increase over the same period in 2020, but a 7.1 decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019. The shift to crossovers continues with a 22% increase in light-truck sales, while passenger cars (coupes, sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, convertibles) dipped by 7.8% in Q1 2021.

10. Nissan Sentra (2,245 units sold)

2021 Nissan Sentra

Thanks to a successful redesign, sales of the Nissan Sentra almost doubled through the first quarter of 2021 compared to the year before. The compact sedan climbed from 15th to 10th place on the list as a result.

9. Toyota Camry (2,286 units sold)

2021 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

The best-selling passenger car in the United States ranks 9th in Canada. The Toyota Camry saw its sales slide by a scant 0.9%, but that’s enough to move the sedan up one spot.

8. Volkswagen Golf (2,419 units sold)

The Volkswagen Golf will soon drop off the list of most popular cars for good, as the regular hatchback model will no longer be offered in Canada—only the GTI and R variants will remain. Sales are down by 25.8% after Q1 2021, resulting in a drop from 4th to 8th place on the list.

7. Kia Forte (2,446 units sold)

Sales of the Kia Forte slipped by 14.2%, and as a result, the sedan moved down two spots, from 5th to 7th among the most popular cars in Canada.

6. Volkswagen Jetta (2,591 units sold)

2021 Volkswagen Jetta

The German brand’s compact sedan climbed two ranks on the list thanks to rather stable sales, with a decrease of only 1.4%. The Volkswagen Jetta will soon lose its affordable hatchback counterpart as the next-generation Golf will only be offered in GTI and Golf R configurations.

5. Mazda3 (2,657 units sold)

2021 Mazda3

With a sales decrease of only 1.1%, the Mazda3 managed to move up two spots on the list of most popular cars in Canada after Q1 2021.

4. Tesla Model 3 (3,200 units sold)

2021 Tesla Model 3 | Photo: Tesla

The fully electric Tesla Model 3 enjoyed a 14.3% sales increase, and is now in 4th place—up two spots compared to Q1 2020 sales.

3. Hyundai Elantra (4,660 units sold)

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line | Photo: Hyundai

The Hyundai Elantra remains comfortably in 3rd place on the passenger-car sales charts, thanks to a 5.9% increase in Q1 2021 compared to the year before. However, the Hyundai Tucson is now the brand’s best-selling vehicle, as the crossover managed to outsell the Elantra by a small margin.

2. Toyota Corolla (7,116 units sold)

Despite a 9.0% percent drop in sales, the Toyota Corolla retained its 2nd place ranking on the list. However, despite the negative result, the gap actually narrowed between the Corolla and the best-selling passenger car.

1. Honda Civic (7,158 units sold)

2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback | Photo: Honda

Once again, the Honda Civic crowns the list of most popular cars in Canada after the first quarter of 2021. However, sales were down by 20.6% compared to the year before, and 42 units separate the Civic from the Corolla. The Honda Civic’s reign as the best-selling car in Canada might come to an end.

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