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Most Popular Cars in Canada, First Quarter of 2022

Ram nearly toppled Ford off the top of the list.


  • Ford F-Series tops among the most popular cars in Canada.

  • Ram Pickup came in second place, trailing by only three units.

  • Nissan Qashqai and Jeep Wrangler way up on the list, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Rogue drop several spots.


Another new year, another challenge for auto manufacturers as the microchip shortage is still causing production disruptions, and dealer inventory will likely remain tight throughout the calendar year. Nonetheless, here’s the list of the most popular cars in Canada after the first quarter of 2022.

For the sake of clarity, we’re no longer reporting these quarterly sales by splitting up passenger cars with trucks and SUVs, as sedans and hatchbacks are constantly losing momentum. In this top 20 list, only three are compact cars, and the rest are made up of 12 crossovers, one body-on-frame SUV and four full-size pickup trucks. Here we go.

20. Ford Escape

2021 Ford Escape

Q1 2022 sales: 3,937 units
Q1 2021 sales: 3,547 units
Difference: +11.0%

The Ford Escape ended the 2021 calendar year in 13th position, but is starting off the new calendar year at a more relaxed pace, despite the 11% rise in sales compared to the first quarter of 2021.

19. Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks SR | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q1 2022 sales: 3,983 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,423 units
Difference: -9.9%

The Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover moved up one spot during the last quarter, from 20th to 19th place on the list of the most popular cars in Canada. Sales decreased by 9.9% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

18. Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Q1 2022 sales: 4,029 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,505 units
Difference: -10.6%

The Subaru Crosstrek has always been a popular vehicle in Canada, and sales are still strong despite a 10.6% drop in sales compared to Q1 2021. The Crosstrek finished in 15th position over the course of the 2021 calendar year.

17. Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Q1 2022 sales: 4,448 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,370 units
Difference: +1.8%

The only midsize crossover on this top 20 list, the Toyota Highlander keeps its 17th place on the list compared to its overall 2021 calendar year performance. Sales were up 1.8% compared to Q1 2021.

16. Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Q1 2022 sales: 4,449 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,832 units
Difference: -7.9%

The Hyundai Tucson constantly floats up and down the second half of the top 20 list, but has been there for quite a while now, as the compact crossover has now become a household name. Sales were down by 7.9% compared to Q1 2021, and the Tucson dropped two spots after the end of the 2021 calendar year.

15. Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue

Q1 2022 sales: 4,648 units
Q1 2021 sales: 9,218 units
Difference: -49.6%

Sales of the Nissan Rogue took a nosedive compared to the same period last year, with a massive 46.9% drop. It ended 2021 in 10th place, so this 15th place on the list of the most popular cars in Canada shows that Nissan can’t keep up with demand right now.

14. Toyota Corolla

2022 Toyota Hatchback XSE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q1 2022 sales: 4,707 units
Q1 2021 sales: 7,116 units
Difference: -33.9%

Another victim of its popularity, the Toyota Corolla fell from 8th to 14th place on this list due to inventory shortage. Sales dropped by 33.9% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

13. Jeep Grand Cherokee

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Photo: Jeep

Q1 2022 sales: 4,979 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,519 units
Difference: +10.2%

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is fresh off a major redesign, and even gained an extended-length variant with three rows of seats. Sales jumped 10.2% compared to the first quarter of 2021, moving the midsize crossover up five spots on the list.

12. Nissan Qashqai

Q1 2022 sales: 5,169 units
Q1 2021 sales: 2,983 units
Difference: +73.3%

Thanks to a huge 73.3% increase in sales compared to Q1 2021, the Nissan Qashqai shot up from 30th to 12th place among the most popular cars in Canada, over the first quarter of 2022 alone. It seems as though the Rogue’s loss is the Qashqai’s gain.

11. Hyundai Kona

2022 Hyundai Kona | Photo: Hyundai

Q1 2022 sales: 5,363 units
Q1 2021 sales: 2,983 units
Difference: -21.8%

The Hyundai Kona outsold its bigger brother Tucson once again, despite a 21.8% slide in sales compared to Q1 2021. In the last quarter alone, the Kona slid from 9th to 11th place among the best-selling vehicles in Canada.

10. Mazda CX-5

2022 Mazda CX-5 | Photo: Mazda

Q1 2022 sales: 5,442 units
Q1 2021 sales: 6,437 units
Difference: -15.5%

The Mazda CX-5 gained a spot on the list over the past three months, although sales were down by 15.5% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

9. Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Q1 2022 sales: 5,869 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,660 units
Difference: +25.9%

The Hyundai Elantra is now the second best-selling passenger car in Canada, leapfrogging the Corolla. Sales climbed by an impressive 25.9% compared to Q1 2021, and as a result, the Elantra rose from 12th to 9th place.

8. Jeep Wrangler

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q1 2022 sales: 6,642 units
Q1 2021 sales: 4,519 units
Difference: +47.0%

Here’s somewhat of a surprise. The Jeep Wrangler shot up from 16th to 8th place among the best-selling vehicles in Canada, thanks to a significant 47.9% increase in sales compared to Q1 2021.

7. Honda Civic

2022 Honda Civic hatchback | Photo: Honda

Q1 2022 sales: 6,968 units
Q1 2021 sales: 7,158 units
Difference: -2.7%

Status quo for the Honda Civic, which remains in 7th place overall. Sales slid by only 2.7% compared to the first quarter of 2021, and it’s still the best-selling passenger car in the country.

6. Honda CR-V

2021 Honda CR-V
2021 Honda CR-V | Photo: Honda

Q1 2022 sales: 7,828 units
Q1 2021 sales: 11,533 units
Difference: -32.1%

Likely another victim of inventory shortage, the Honda CR-V saw its sales drop by 32.1% compared to the first quarter of 2021, but despite that, it remained in 6th place among the most popular cars in Canada.

5. Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4 LE FWD | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q1 2022 sales: 9,899 units
Q1 2021 sales: 11,533 units
Difference: -36.8%

Everyone seems to be shopping for compact crossovers these days, and the Toyota RAV4, like the CR-V and the Rogue, saw its sales drop due to its scarcity on dealer lots. Compared to the first quarter of 2021, sales were down by 36.8%, allowing it to lose its 3rd place position over the course of the last three months.

4. Chevrolet Silverado

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 | Photo: Chevrolet

Q1 2022 sales: 12,733 units
Q1 2021 sales: 14,478 units
Difference: -12.1%

Up one spot on the list, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD and the Silverado MD combined for a sales drop of 12.1% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

3. GMC Sierra

2022 GMC Sierra

Q1 2022 sales: 13,080 units
Q1 2021 sales: 16,670 units
Difference: -21.5%

Combined sales of the GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD dropped by 16.5% compared to Q1 2021, but that performance still allowed the pickup to climb from 4th to 3rd place among the most popular cars in Canada.

2. Ram Pickup

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel GT | Photo: MAtt St-Pierre

Q1 2022 sales: 18,215 units
Q1 2021 sales: 21,367 units
Difference: -14.8%

Was Stellantis the company who best managed the production of its full-size pickup? Whatever the reason, the Ram 1500 and Ram HD line remained in second place following the 2021 calendar year, but trailed the best-selling vehicle by a microscopic three units. Sales were down 14.8% compared to Q1 of last year.

1. Ford F-Series

2021 Ford F-150 Limited | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q1 2022 sales: 18,218 units
Q1 2021 sales: 30,238 units
Difference: -39.8%

That was a close one. Combined sales of the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty totalled just three units more than the second-place Ram. Ford’s domination came this close to ending, due to production complications caused by the microchip shortage. Remember when the F-Series was a mile ahead on the list of the most popular cars in Canada? Things could get interesting during the second quarter of 2022.

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