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Most Popular Cars in Canada in 2019

Passenger cars now only represent 26% of overall light-vehicle sales in Canada.


  • Honda Civic once again tops among the country’s most popular cars
  • Passenger-car sales are down by 16% in Canada
  • Top-three ranking unchanged compared to 2018

The sales numbers are out for the Canadian market, and although a few automakers capped off the 2019 calendar year with a market share increase, most of them suffered small or big sales declines. It was particularly difficult for passenger cars, whose total sales slid from 586,253 to 491,875 units—a 16% nosedive. Meanwhile, SUVs and pickup truck sales increased by 1.5%.

Canadian Car Sales In 2019: Winners and Losers

Nevertheless, here are the most popular cars in Canada during 2019.

10. Toyota Prius (10,505 units sold)

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e
2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e | Photo: Toyota

The Toyota Prius’ sales are composed of the regular Prius hybrid, the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and the subcompact Prius c. With a 14.5% increase in 2019 compared to 2018, the Prius model family managed to climb its way onto this top 10 list.

9. Honda Accord (11,381 units sold)

Honda Accord best-selling cars in Canada
Honda Accord | Photo: Honda

Climbing up a rank to ninth place is the midsize Honda Accord sedan, despite seeing its sales decrease by a significant 17.7% compared to 2018. It can thank the Nissan Sentra whose sales took an even bigger hit and fell off the top most popular cars list entirely.

8. Toyota Camry (13,654 units sold)

2020 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

Like the Accord, the Toyota Camry’s sales dropped, but by 6.4%, so it too inched its way up a spot on this year’s list. The Camry is the most popular midsize sedan in the country, beating the Honda, but also the Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu.

7. Kia Forte (15,549 units sold)

2020 Kia Forte | Photo: Kia

With a sales increase of 8% year over year, the Kia Forte managed to climb two rungs on the 2019 top 10 list. The Forte sedan was redesigned for the 2019 model year, and now the five-door variant is just arriving in Canada as well.

6. Volkswagen Jetta (17,260 units sold)

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Photo: Volkswagen

While most cars are losing ground compared to crossovers, the Volkswagen Jetta saw its sales increase by an impressive 14.1%. It climbed up a spot on this year’s most popular cars list, but still couldn’t beat its Golf stablemate.

5. Volkswagen Golf (19,668 units sold)

Volkswagen Golf Mk7 | Photo: Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Golf lineup is getting thinner for 2020, as the SportWagen, Alltrack and Golf R variants have all been cancelled. Still, sales were good through 2019, despite a decrease of 8.4% compared to 2018. Like the Jetta, the Golf moved up a spot.

4. Mazda3 (21,276 units sold)

2019 Mazda3 Sport | Photo: Mazda

Despite the redesign and the addition of optional all-wheel drive, it seems as though Canadians aren’t embracing the new Mazda3 as much as it used to. Compared to 2018, sales are down by 20.4% and the arrival of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover likely won’t help. Nevertheless, the Mazda3 moved up a spot because the now-discontinued Chevrolet Cruze’s sales tanked during 2019.

3. Hyundai Elantra (39,463 units sold)

2019 Hyundai Elantra
2019 Hyundai Elantra | Photo: Hyundai

The top three models on the most popular cars list are the same as last year’s, and ranked in the same order, too. The Hyundai Elantra is still a popular choice in Canada, despite a 5.6% drop in sales. In addition, it’s way ahead of the Mazda3, so its position on the list won’t be threatened for quite a while.

2. Toyota Corolla (47,596 units sold)

2020 Toyota Corolla Pricing Canada
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota

A year-over-year sales drop of 2.5% for the Toyota Corolla is nothing to be ashamed about, especially considering that the passenger-car market’s decline is much more significant. That performance can be attributed to the 2020 model-year redesign of the compact sedan, along with the 2019 introduction of the Corolla Hatchback.

1. Honda Civic (60,139 units sold)

2019 Honda Civic Sedan
2019 Honda Civic Sedan | Photo: Honda

Best-selling car in the country for the 22nd consecutive year, the Honda Civic continues to be the go-to compact car for drivers of all ages. However, sales dropped by 12.8% compared to 2018, so the gap between the Civic and the Corolla has narrowed. It’s worth nothing that despite being the best-selling passenger car in 2019, it’s the fourth most popular light-vehicle in Canada—surpassed by an SUV and two full-size pickup trucks.

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