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Most Popular Cars in Canada, Second Quarter of 2022

Jeep sales are through the roof right now.


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

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler sales up significantly.

  • Nissan Rogue sales down considerably, Ford Edge sales increased sharply.


The auto industry continues to deal with challenges caused by parts shortages and transport delays, while dealerships must manage limited inventory while keeping sales rolling and customers happy. Despite all this, very little changes are found on the list of the most popular cars in Canada through the second quarter of 2022.

Q2 sales results aren’t all that good, posting a 10.8% decrease compared to the same period last year, with 431,704 units against 484,202. Through the first half of the year, sales are down by 11.5% year-over-year, with 768,743 units sold versus 868,428. Here are the top 20 light vehicles in Canada based on cumulative year-to-date 2022 sales so far.

20. Ford Edge

Q2 2022 sales: 4,965 units
Q2 2021 sales: 2,444 units
Difference: +103.2%

YTD 2022 sales: 7,570 units
YTD 2021 sales: 4,969 units
Difference: +52.3%

The Ford Edge made a serious comeback in the second quarter, more than doubling its sales compared to the second quarter of 2021. The midsize crossover shot up from 46th to 20th place overall after the first half of the 2022 calendar year.

19. Ford Explorer

Q2 2022 sales: 4,679 units
Q2 2021 sales: 4,773 units
Difference: -2.0%

H2 2022 sales: 7,914 units
H2 2021 sales: 8,358 units
Difference: -5.3%

Ford Explorer sales remained rather flat during the second quarter of 2022, showing a slight 2% decrease compared to Q2 2021. That was enough to actually rise from 21th to 19th place among the most popular cars in Canada on the 2022 year-to-date sales chart.

18. Nissan Kicks

Q2 2022 sales: 4,418 units
Q2 2021 sales: 5,205 units
Difference: -15.1%

H2 2022 sales: 8,401 units
H2 2021 sales: 9,628 units
Difference: -12.7%

Although the Nissan Kicks is 18th position on this list, it was actually 23rd among the most popular cars in Canada in the second quarter alone. Sales were down 15% during that time compared to the same period last year, and down 13% so far in 2022, sliding from 17th to 18th overall.

17. Nissan Rogue

Q2 2022 sales: 4,539 units
Q2 2021 sales: 8,244 units
Difference: -44.9%

H2 2022 sales: 9,187 units
H2 2021 sales: 17,462 units
Difference: -47.4%

Things aren’t going well for the Nissan Rogue at the moment, with a significant drop in sales over both the second quarter and throughout the first half of 2022. As a result, the Rogue has fallen from 9th to 17th place compared to the first six months of 2021.

Q2 2022 sales: 4,880 units
Q2 2021 sales: 6,033 units
Difference: -19.1%

H2 2022 sales: 9,328 units
H2 2021 sales: 10,403 units
Difference: -10.3%

The Toyota Highlander is one of three Toyotas on the list of the most popular cars in Canada, despite a decrease in sales over the second quarter. Through the first half of the year, sales were down by about 10%, but kept its 16th place compared to the same period in 2021.

15. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Q2 2022 sales: 5,132 units
Q2 2021 sales: 4,153 units
Difference: +23.6%

H2 2022 sales: 10,111 units
H2 2021 sales: 8,672 units
Difference: +16.6%

Now available in two-row and extended-wheelbase three-row configurations, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has taken the Canadian market by storm with strong sales in both the second quarter alone and through the first half of the year. It climbed the charts to end up from 20th to 15th place.

14. Hyundai Tucson

Q2 2022 sales: 6,080 units
Q2 2021 sales: 8,628 units
Difference: -29.5%

H2 2022 sales: 10,529 units
H2 2021 sales: 13,460 units
Difference: -21.8%

The Hyundai Tucson is another compact crossover that’s struggling at the moment, likely due to supply shortages as is the case with the Nissan Rogue. Sales dropped sharply in Q2 2022 and in the first half of the year, and as a result, the Tucson slid from 12th to 14th place.

13. Mazda CX-5

Q2 2022 sales: 5,635 units
Q2 2021 sales: 7,690 units
Difference: -15.1%

H2 2022 sales: 11,077 units
H2 2021 sales: 14,127 units
Difference: -21.6%

After a strong showing last year, Mazda CX-5 sales have cooled down in 2022 so far, also due to lack of dealer inventory. With decreases in both the first the second quarter, the crossover is now in 13th place, down from 11th compared to the same period in 2011.

12. Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Q2 2022 sales: 7,063 units
Q2 2021 sales: 7,826 units
Difference: -9.8%

H2 2022 sales: 12,932 units
H2 2021 sales: 12,486 units
Difference: +3.6%

One of three of the Korean brand’s nameplates on the top 20 list of the most popular cars in Canada, the Hyundai Elantra is still the third best-selling passenger car in the country. Sales were down slightly during the second quarter, but overall in 2022 so far, they’re holding up compared to the same period last year, helping the Elantra move up a spot on the list.

11. Ford Escape

2021 Ford Escape

Q2 2022 sales: 9,496 units
Q2 2021 sales: 8,811 units
Difference: +7.8%

H2 2022 sales: 13,433 units
H2 2021 sales: 12,358 units
Difference: +8.7%

Just like with the Edge, sales of the Ford Escape have been great so far this year, with year-over-year increases in both Q1 and Q2. One of the Blue Oval’s four models in this list, the Escape climbed from 14th to 11th place.

10. Hyundai Kona

Q2 2022 sales: 8,310 units
Q2 2021 sales: 8,855 units
Difference: -6.2%

H2 2022 sales: 13,673 units
H2 2021 sales: 15,715 units
Difference: -13.0%

The country’s best-selling subcompact crossover saw its sales slide in the first half of the year, including a 6% drop in the second quarter alone, but the Hyundai Kona managed to keep its 10th place among the most popular cars in Canada.

9. Jeep Wrangler

Q2 2022 sales: 7,209 units
Q2 2021 sales: 5,084 units
Difference: 41.8%

H2 2022 sales: 13,851 units
H2 2021 sales: 9,603 units
Difference: +44.2%

As was the case with the Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler sales are on fire at the moment, posting a 42% increase in the second quarter alone, and a 44% hike through the first half of the year. Compared to the same period last year, the Wrangler shot up from 18th to 9th place.

8. Toyota Corolla

2023 Toyota Corolla

Q2 2022 sales: 10,291 units
Q2 2021 sales: 13,456 units
Difference: -23.5%

H2 2022 sales: 14,998 units
H2 2021 sales: 20,572 units
Difference: -27.1%

Passenger-car sales are once again taking a nosedive in favour of crossovers, and the recent arrival of the Corolla Cross probably isn’t helping. The Toyota Corolla sedan’s sales have been down throughout the year so far, causing it to slip from 7th to 8th place on this list.

7. Honda Civic

Q2 2022 sales: 8,363 units
Q2 2021 sales: 13,085 units
Difference: -36.1%

H2 2022 sales: 15,331 units
H2 2021 sales: 20,243 units
Difference: -24.3%

Like the Corolla, the Honda Civic is having a rough time on the sales charts, with a 36% drop in Q2 alone, but remains the best-selling passenger car in Canada, at least for now. It traded places with the Corolla compared to last year.

6. Honda CR-V

2021 Honda CR-V

Q2 2022 sales: 9,681 units
Q2 2021 sales: 15,183 units
Difference: -36.2%

H2 2022 sales: 17,509 units
H2 2021 sales: 26,716 units
Difference: -34.5%

An all-new 2023 Honda CR-V has just been unveiled, and it can’t come too soon as sales of the current-generation model are spiralling downwards. Still, it managed to hold on to its 6th place among the most popular cars in Canada.

5. GMC Sierra

Q2 2022 sales: 13,983 units
Q2 2021 sales: 16,196 units
Difference: -13.7%

H2 2022 sales: 27,063 units
H2 2021 sales: 32,866 units
Difference: -17.7%

Combined sales of the GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Sierra HD were down in both Q1 and Q2, despite GM trying to build as many trucks as it possibly can. The Sierra slid from 4th to 5th place on the list compared the same period last year.

4. Chevrolet Silverado

Q2 2022 sales: 14,957 units
Q2 2021 sales: 15,921 units
Difference: -6.1%

H2 2022 sales: 27,690 units
H2 2021 sales: 30,399 units
Difference: -8.9%

The GMC Sierra usually outsells the combined efforts of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado HD, but despite sales drops in the first two quarters of 2022, the Chevy pickup has surpassed its corporate cousin, climbing from 5th to 4th place. The fact that the Silverado is now being built at the Oshawa plant in Canada, but not the Sierra, might be a determining factor moving forward.

3. Toyota RAV4

Q2 2022 sales: 18,780 units
Q2 2021 sales: 22,243 units
Difference: -15.6%

H2 2022 sales: 28,679 units
H2 2021 sales: 37,908 units
Difference: -24.3%

The country’s most popular utility vehicle has been struggling of late, just like many of its rivals. Sales are down throughout the first half of the year, but the Toyota RAV4 kept its 3rd place on the list, despite GM’s pickup trucks coming up in the rearview mirror.

2. Ram Pickup

Q2 2022 sales: 19,426 units
Q2 2021 sales: 18,407 units
Difference: +5.5%

H2 2022 sales: 37,641 units
H2 2021 sales: 39,774 units
Difference: -5.4%

Recent Ram Truck ads claim that dealer inventory of Ram 1500 and Ram HD pickups have increased compared to last year, and it shows, as sales climbed 5.5% in the second quarter. This result helps consolidate its 2nd place spot on the list.

1. Ford F-Series

Q2 2022 sales: 32,222 units
Q2 2021 sales: 29,083 units
Difference: +10.8%

H2 2022 sales: 50,440 units
H2 2021 sales: 59,321 units
Difference: -15.0%

Combined sales of the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty have gained momentum in Q2 2022, and not a second too soon as its competition is slowly catching up on the sales charts. The Ford F-Series once again dominates the list of the most popular cars in Canada through the first half of the year.

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