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Most Popular Cars in Canada, Third Quarter of 2022

Only 4 out of these top 20 models show sales increases this year.


The Ford F-Series tops among the most popular cars in Canada in Q3 2022 and through the year overall.

Honda CR-V, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander sales decreased sharply.

Strong Q3 performance for Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram Pickup.


Dealerships are hard at work managing customers’ expectations and patience as the tight inventory and rising interest rates currently tarnish the car shopping experience. Still, people are still buying vehicles, and as usual, here’s the list of the most popular cars in Canada, this time compiled after the third quarter of 2022.

Q2 sales results aren’t all that impressive, posting an 11.7% decrease compared to the same period last year, with 393,906 units sold against 446,139. Through the first nine months of the year, sales were down by 11.5% year-over-year, with 1,162,649 units sold versus 1,313,111. Here are the top 20 light vehicles in Canada based on cumulative year-to-date 2022 sales so far.

20. Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos

Q3 2022 sales: 4,464 units
Q3 2021 sales: 3,816 units
Difference: +17.0%

YTD 2022 sales: 11,829 units
YTD 2021 sales: 11,950 units
Difference: -1.0%

The Kia Seltos clawed its way up into the 20th spot on the list after ranking 24th after the first half of the year. It bumped the Ford Edge off the top 20 list thanks to a 17 percent increase in sales during the third quarter. This despite a 1-percent slide through the first nine months of the year.

19. Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander XSE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q3 2022 sales: 2,981 units
Q3 2021 sales: 5,432 units
Difference: -45.1%

YTD 2022 sales: 12,309 units
YTD 2021 sales: 15,835 units
Difference: -22.3%

The Toyota Highlander is one of three Toyotas on the list of the most popular cars in Canada, despite a sharp decrease in sales over the third quarter. Through the first nine months of the year, sales were down by about 22%, moving the midsize crossover down from 16th to 19th place.

18. Subaru Crosstrek

Q3 2022 sales: 4,908 units
Q3 2021 sales: 7,848 units
Difference: -37.5%

YTD 2022 sales: 12,431 units
YTD 2021 sales: 18,720 units
Difference: -33.6%

The Subaru Crosstrek found its way back onto the top 20 list of the most popular cars in Canada, despite a significant decrease in sales through the third quarter of 2022 and through the first nine months of the year. It pushed the Nissan Kicks off this chart by climbing back up from 22nd to 18th position.

17. Ford Explorer

2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line | Photo: Ford

Q3 2022 sales: 4,912 units
Q3 2021 sales: 3,975 units
Difference: +23.6%

YTD 2022 sales: 12,826 units
YTD 2021 sales: 12,333 units
Difference: +4.0%

Ford Explorer sales increased significantly during the third quarter of 2022, helping overall 2022 calendar year sales to climb by 4%. The Explorer thus moved up from 19th to 17th place on the list compared to the previous quarter, and from 22nd to 17th compared to the same period last year.

16. Jeep Grand Cherokee

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Photo: Jeep

Q3 2022 sales: 3,200 units
Q3 2021 sales: 5,353 units
Difference: -40.2%

YTD 2022 sales: 13,311 units
YTD 2021 sales: 14,025 units
Difference: -5.1%

Now available in two-row and extended-wheelbase three-row configurations, the Jeep Grand Cherokee saw strong sales in both the second quarter alone and through the first half of the year, but the third quarter wasn’t as rosy. The crossover slipped a spot compared to Q2 2022, down from 15th to 16th place.

15. Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q3 2022 sales: 5,228 units
Q3 2021 sales: 7,685 units
Difference: -32.0%

YTD 2022 sales: 14,415 units
YTD 2021 sales: 25,454 units
Difference: -43.4%

Things aren’t going well for the Nissan Rogue at the moment, with a significant drop in sales throughout the first nine months of 2022, compared to the year before. As a result, the Rogue has fallen from 9th to 17th place compared to last year, but still managed to climb two spots during the third quarter alone, from 17th to 15th.

14. Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Q3 2022 sales: 5,614 units
Q3 2021 sales: 7,546 units
Difference: -25.6%

YTD 2022 sales: 16,143 units
YTD 2021 sales: 21,006 units
Difference: -23.2%

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 during the first nine months of the year, but still managed to keep its 14th place during the third quarter.

13. Mazda CX-5

Q3 2022 sales: 7,691 units
Q3 2021 sales: 7,815 units
Difference: -1.6%

YTD 2022 sales: 18,768 units
YTD 2021 sales: 21,942 units
Difference: -14.5%

After a strong showing last year, Mazda CX-5 sales remained flat over the third quarter of 2022, also due to lack of dealer inventory. Compared to the second quarter of the year, the Mazda remained in 13th place among the most popular cars in Canada in Q3.

12. Hyundai Kona

2022 Hyundai Kona | Photo: Hyundai

Q3 2022 sales: 5,451 units
Q3 2021 sales: 8,046 units
Difference: -32.3%

YTD 2022 sales:  units
YTD 2021 sales: 15,715 units
Difference: -13.0%

The country’s best-selling subcompact crossover saw its sales decrease the year, and especially during the third quarter with a 32.3% slide. As a result, the Hyundai Kona moved down from 12th to 10th place among the most popular cars in Canada.

11. Jeep Wrangler

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe | Photo: Jeep

Q3 2022 sales: 5,301 units
Q3 2021 sales: 4,788 units
Difference: +10.7%

YTD 2022 sales: 19,152 units
YTD 2021 sales: 14,391 units
Difference: +33.1%

As was the case with the Grand Cherokee last year, Jeep Wrangler sales have been on fire during the 2022 calendar year, posting a 10.7% increase in the third quarter alone, and a 33% hike through the first nine months. Compared to the same period last year, the Wrangler shot up from 17th to 11th place.

10. Ford Escape

2021 Ford Escape

Q3 2022 sales: 6,367 units
Q3 2021 sales: 8,508 units
Difference: -25.2%

YTD 2022 sales: 19,800 units
YTD 2021 sales: 20,866 units
Difference: -5.1%

Sales of the Ford Escape have been good so far this year, with year-over-year increases in both Q1 and Q2, but a 25.2% drop in Q3. One of the Blue Oval’s four models in this list, the Escape nonetheless climbed from 13th to 10th place compared to the same period last year.

9. Hyundai Elantra

2022 Hyundai Elantra N | Photo: Hyundai

Q3 2022 sales: 7,053 units
Q3 2021 sales: 7,662 units
Difference: -7.9%

YTD 2022 sales: 19,985 units
YTD 2021 sales: 20,148 units
Difference: -0.8%

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 third quarter, but overall in 2022 so far, they’re holding up compared to the same period last year, helping the Elantra move up five spots on the list.

8. Honda CR-V

2023 Honda CR-V

Q3 2022 sales: 5,951 units
Q3 2021 sales: 16,228 units
Difference: -63.3%

YTD 2022 sales: 23,460 units
YTD 2021 sales: 42,944 units
Difference: -45.4%

An all-new 2023 Honda CR-V has just been arrived in dealerships, and it can’t come too soon as sales of the current-generation model were spiralling downwards. Due to the 63.3% drop during the third quarter alone, it dropped from 4th place to 8th place among the most popular cars in Canada compared to the same period last year.

7. Honda Civic

2022 Honda Civic Si | Photo: Honda

Q3 2022 sales: 8,578 units
Q3 2021 sales: 12,729 units
Difference: -32.6%

YTD 2022 sales: 23,909 units
YTD 2021 sales: 32,972 units
Difference: -27.5%

The Honda Civics incessant sales decline is more proof that the market has shifted sharply towards crossovers. The compact car saw its sales drop 32.6% during the third quarter alone, and by 27.5% through the first nine months of the year. It’s currently the number two passenger car in Canada, so its #1 best-seller title it’s been holding for two decades is on the line.

6. Toyota Corolla

Q3 2022 sales: 11,532 units
Q3 2021 sales: 13,055 units
Difference: -11.7%

YTD 2022 sales: 26,530 units
YTD 2021 sales: 33,627 units
Difference: -21.1%

The Toyota Corolla sedan’s sales have been down throughout the year so far, but things haven’t been worse than the Civic’s case. Despite a 21.1% slide over the course of the 2022 calendar year so far, the Corolla is a few thousand units ahead of the Civic and cold very well end up as the country’s best-selling passenger car this year.

2022 GMC Sierra

Q3 2022 sales: 11,860 units
Q3 2021 sales: 9,897 units
Difference: +19.8%

YTD 2022 sales: 38,923 units
YTD 2021 sales: 42,763 units
Difference: -9.0%

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. However, sales climbed almost 20% in the third quarter, which is good news for the pickup. It keeps its 5th place on the list among the most popular cars in Canada.

4. Chevrolet Silverado

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 | Photo: Chevrolet

Q3 2022 sales: 14,236 units
Q3 2021 sales: 11,236 units
Difference: +26.7%

YTD 2022 sales: 41,926 units
YTD 2021 sales: 41,635 units
Difference: +0.7%

We’d be tempted to say the fact that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado HD are now built in Canada has something to do with the pickup line’s strong 26.7% sales gain, but the GMC Sierra also saw a good third quarter result. The Silverado climbed from 6th to 4th place on the list compared to the same period last year.

Toyota RAV4 LE FWD | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Q3 2022 sales: 13,810 units
Q3 2021 sales: 14,920 units
Difference: -7.4%

YTD 2022 sales: 42,489 units
YTD 2021 sales: 52,828 units
Difference: -19.6%

The country’s most popular utility vehicle has been struggling of late, just like many of its rivals. Sales are down throughout the first nine months of the year, but the Toyota RAV4 kept its 3rd place on the list—barely 500 units ahead of the Chevy Silverado.

2. Ram Pickup

Q3 2022 sales: 19,158 units
Q3 2021 sales: 14,884 units
Difference: +28.7%

YTD 2022 sales: 56,799 units
YTD 2021 sales: 54,658 units
Difference: +3.9%

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 28.7% in the second quarter. This result helps the nameplate increase its lead over the Toyota RAV4, and sit comfortably in 2nd place spot on the list.

1. Ford F-Series

2022 Ford Super Duty Photo: Ford

Q3 2022 sales: 33,863 units
Q3 2021 sales: 29,100 units
Difference: +16.4%

YTD 2022 sales: 84,303 units
YTD 2021 sales: 88,421 units
Difference: -4.7%

Combined sales of the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty have gained momentum in Q2 and in Q3 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 nine months of the year.

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