Last year, Canada saw many faces returning to its list of top selling cars, though there are a few surprising newcomers and a few old faces that have taken on new positions in the pecking order. While these top selling cars may not be the average Canadian’s dream car, they’re that perfect balance of quality, popularity and affordability that moves vehicles off the lot and into driveways.
- Ford F-Series: It shouldn’t be surprising to see the F-Series seated at the head of Canada’s top selling cars, maintaining its position at the top despite a decline in sales. Starting this year, the line will be revitalized with brand new aluminum-heavy models, so expect the lead to grow, not shrink, in 2015.
- Ram P/U: Ram sales have been steadily increasing for several years running now, placing the popular pickup truck line close behind flagging competitor Ford; time will tell whether that growth will be able to outpace renewed interest in the F-Series this year.
- Honda Civic: For a decade and a half, the Honda Civic has held the throne as Canada’s most popular line of cars, with no competitors on the horizon for the foreseeable future. So 2015 looks to be another year of Civic domination, as these top selling cars have no close competition.
- Dodge Grand Caravan: The most popular minivan in Canada stands stood strong again in 2014, holding down over half of the minivan market for the country. And that’s not including sales of the line’s close cousin, the Chrysler Town & Country.
- Ford Escape: The nation’s most popular SUV outsold competitors by a seemingly insurmountable margin in 2014. It’s highly doubtful any other line can expect to surpass the Escape in 2015, with no other SUVs even ranking in the first 10 top selling cars of 2014.
- Hyundai Elantra: Despite flagging sales numbers, this popular line has held a respectable position as Canada’s second most popular car line through 2014. Holding that rank might be difficult as sales fall further—the Elantra needs an update if Hyundai wants them to remain top selling cars.
- Toyota Corolla: Expect to see Toyota’s best-selling model standing tall as Canada’s second most popular car by the end of 2015. Growing sales figures point to a bright future, even as the popularity of the Elantra fades.
- GMC Sierra: While the line can’t compete with the Ram or the Ford F-Series, the Sierra has done quite well for itself in recent years, moving up in sales even as the Canadian auto market stagnates. When you consider the Chevrolet Silverado in 10th place, GM’s truck offerings look even more impressive, taking up 2 top-ten positions and over a quarter of the nation’s truck market.
- Mazda 3: A resurgence in popularity has pushed the Mazda 3 back up into the top 10 top selling cars for 2014, although the line seems unlikely to match or surpass its historic heights any time soon.
- Chevrolet Silverado: Rounding out our top selling cars list, few vehicles have seen a surge as great as the Silverado’s over the past year. Despite a slow start, GM managed to place its new line of pickups on a steady path to success and looks to reap the benefits through 2015.
As you may have noticed, the names on this year’s list of top selling cars remain largely unchanged from 2013, though some jostling has occurred; gaps have closed and opened, a name slipped or surged here and there, but for the most part it was an uneventful year in the Canadian auto market.