The Most Popular Cars in the Province of Ontario

Once upon a time, compact cars such as Honda’s reliable Civic and Toyota’s mainstay Corolla ruled the automotive roost – whether it was the U.S., Canada, or especially Europe, where the narrow street structures demand smaller vehicles to navigate. Then a nearly overnight obsession with big, gas-guzzling SUVs such as Cadillac’s Escalade or Ford’s Expedition exploded like wildfire, spurred by, perhaps, a celebrity circuit dominated by large trucks “blinged out” with every conceivable attention-grabbing toy.

Fast-forward to the economic hardships that have plagued most of the planet over the last few years. Big, lane-hogging vehicles, once the trend, are being replaced by smaller, more economic conveyances as consumers struggle to stay on top of rising fuel costs, car insurance (derived from car insurance quotes) and other factors. Interestingly, Canadian buyers recently exhibited a trend of buying not only smaller, more fuel-efficient compact cars but also “compact luxury” and large luxury sport-utility vehicles, offering a fascinating mix to comprise a “Top Cars in Ontario” list. Here, we take a look at the top three models in the Passenger Car and Light Trucks sectors and analyze what may have put them in their perspective rankings.

Passenger Cars

Honda Civic

Not surprisingly, Honda’s routine bestselling compact found its way to the very top of Canada’s favorite car list, with first quarter sales in 2012 at 14,281 units. Despite some heady competition from the likes of vehicles such as Hyundai’s Elantra, the Civic has accounted for 8.7 percent of all passenger cars sold in Canada in the first three months of 2012. The model’s legacy of reliability and value-for-the-dollar are definite factors in this ranking.

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai, much like Kia, has been on a roll in terms of styling their vehicles and increasing the reliability ratings. With 2012 Quarter One sales at 10,864 units, the Elantra continues to prove why this automaker is every bit as popular in Canada as it is in the U.S. and elsewhere. Some 19 percent of Elantras sold in the first quarter wore the “Touring” model badge, further solidifying Hyundai as a major player in the burgeoning wagon market, while sales for the Elantra sedan were up 12 percent to 8,764.

Toyota Corolla

Much like its market competitor, the Honda Civic, the Corolla has been steeped in a legacy of value, reliability, and diehard ownership loyalty. With a redesigned model on the way, Toyota’s bestselling compact has landed in the big three position on this list for a bevy of reasons, not the least of which are a standout, sexy “S” model, roomy interior accommodations, and gas mileage numbers.

Light Trucks

Ford F-Series

Ontario’s drivers have spoken, and at the top of the mountain are Ford’s F-Series trucks. Comprising 6.3 percent of all new vehicle sales in Canada for 2012, Quarter One F-Series sales clocked in at 22,978 units, exceeding the overall market’s year-over-year increase of 8.4 percent by a significant margin. A workhorse in its own right, the F-Series has everything a truck buyer could ask for.

Dodge Ram Pickup

Is there a utility vehicle nameplate more recognized than Dodge’s Ram? With its classic imposing hood ornament and commanding presence on the road, the Ram has become a Canadian favorite for good reason.

Dodge Caravan

Boasting first quarter sales in 2012 of 12,051 units, the quintessential minivan from Dodge continues to be Canada’s favorite. The Grand Caravan soldiers on as a made-in-Canada species in this hotly-contested market, of which it holds 56 percent – excluding sales of its corporate twin, Chrysler’s Town & Country.


Gordon Jackson writes on cars, car insurance, car technology, and other things related to four-wheeled vehicles.

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