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Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – May 2014

2013 Honda Civic sedan red

Even during a month in which Canadian auto sales rose to their highest level ever, sales of passenger cars slid 2.4%.

• All 249 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD Canadian Sales
• All 142 Cars Ranked By May 2014 YTD Canadian Sales

According to the Automotive News Data Center, car sales are down 4.4% so far this year. There are symptoms of these declines even here among the 20 best-selling cars in Canada, as the third, eighth, ninth, tenth, 11th, 13th, 16th, and 19th best sellers – eight of the top 20 – reported year-over-year declines in May 2014.

But the two top nameplates continue to sell at a faster clip than they did a year ago. After one month on top of the leaderboard, the Toyota Corolla slid back to second spot despite an 11% increase to more than 6100 sales. 

The best-selling car in Canada in each of the last 16 years, Honda’s Civic, regained its number one spot with an 18% year-over-year increase to 7185 units, just the second time in the last 38 months that Civic sales have risen above 7000 units in Canada.

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• Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – May 2014 YTD
• Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada – May 2014
• Top 13 Best-Selling Trucks In Canada – May 2014 YTD
• Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada – May 2014

May is typically Mustang buying season in Canada, and May 2014 was no different in Ford showrooms as dealers look to capture the coming summer and clear out remaining MY2014s. The Mustang ranked 19th in May 2013; 25th in May 2012. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling cars can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of Canada’s best-selling trucks and best-selling SUVs in May.

May 2015 • June 2014 • April 2014May 2013

Best-Selling Car
Honda Civic
7185 6097 17.8% 24,235 22,808 6.3%
Toyota Corolla
6107 5497 11.1% 20,889 18,032 15.8%
Hyundai Elantra
5628 6268 -10.2% 20,682 23,140 -10.6%
Mazda 3
4603 4002 15.0% 17,128 16,134 6.2%
Chevrolet Cruze
3760 3597 4.5% 14,576 13,440 8.5%
Volkswagen Jetta
3412 2858 19.4% 13,352 12,696 5.2%
Hyundai Accent
2704 2294 17.9% 8972 8129 10.4%
Ford Focus
2435 3264 -25.4% 9212 10,755 -14.3%
Ford Fusion
1977 2376 -16.8% 7404 9110 -18.7%
Toyota Camry
1959 2416 -18.9% 6562 7471 -12.2%
Honda Accord
1888 1902 -0.7% 7266 7366 -1.4%
Honda Fit
1773 809 119% 4863 2917 66.7%
Kia Rio
1729 1779 -2.8% 6266 7134 -12.2%
Nissan Versa
1503 973 54.5% 6318 3670 72.2%
Kia Optima
1340 649 106% 3629 4353 -16.6%
Nissan Sentra
1303 1716 -24.1% 5651 6311 -10.5%
Ford Mustang
1256 1246 0.8% 2493 2559 -2.6%
Ford Fiesta
1233 1037 18.9% 3896 3524 10.6%
Kia Forte
1168 1867 -37.4% 4654 4730 -1.6%
Subaru Impreza
1159 1040 11.4% 4189 3944 6.2%

Source: Automakers & ANDC

  1. With the new sedan, shouldn't the Genesis be included in the midsize luxury category (and the Equus should be moved to the large luxury category)?

  2. The Equus (and K900) lack the stature and price to be listed alongside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, for example, regardless of dimensions. Like the Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, and Hyundai's own Azera, the Genesis treads an awkward line between premium BRAND luxury cars and upmarket mainstream cars. We display those vehicles together.

  3. And the LS460 is still $12k cheaper than the S Class and when the LS400 was launched, it was cheaper than a well-equipped E Class, much less the S Class at the time.

  4. The line between mainstream and luxury is blurring, as much (if not more) a result of so-called premium brands are venturing downward as a result of brands like Hyundai venturing upward. Is an Acura ILX luxury in comparison with a Genesis? No. Is a Genesis luxury in comparison with an S-Class? No. Is an XJ luxury in comparison to a Phantom? Not to the Phantom buyer, it isn't. "Luxury" and "mainstream" form an invisible line that every consumer has a right to ignore. But an ILX is a premium compact alternative (not so much that GCBC doesn't display it with those mainstream cars, a rare exception to the rule of mono-display), an S-Class, A8, or XJ is a very luxurious alternative to conventional big cars, and one could argue a Mini is a premium alternative to conventional subcompact/city cars. This debate rages on in a thousand circles and on a million forms, and the line must be drawn somewhere. For GCBC, after including the Genesis with midsize luxury cars for a long time, we finally drew the line among brands, rather than specific vehicles. You think there aren't an equal number of people, equally fervent, who wouldn't argue against the Genesis's status as a luxury rival for the E-Class? In the end, GCBC drew the line among brands, excepting the Volkswagen Touareg alone, because it's a consistent way to do so across segments.

    As always, GCBC reminds readers who don't like the way segments are broken down to be reminded that you can break down segments however you like: all vehicles are ranked in one place, we supply all the info. (

    More importantly, keep in mind that no matter how you choose to break down vehicles into segments – and you're welcome to submit a list for all 250+ nameplates – there will be issues which other readers can point out. And in any list compiled by other readers, issues you can point out. And you won't be wrong – there are no legal definitions which force a Ford Mustang buyer to cross-shop a Chevrolet Camaro, let alone a Hyundai Genesis buyer to cross-shop an E-Class… or an Impala.

  5. Except, the Genesis was always meant to be a RWD luxury midsize sedan.

    The Azera is premium, not luxury, and competes with the likes of the Avalon, Impala.

    Hyundai will soon be launching a RWD entry-level compact sport sedan to compete with the IS, Q50, 3 Series, etc. – which will give it sedans in the 3 traditional luxury sedan segment.

    Thje Infiniti M/Q70 is badged a Nissan (Cima) in Japan and is also sold as a rebadged Mitsubishi.

  6. The Ford Probe was always meant to be awesome. Doesn't mean it was…. no, I jest. The Genesis is a viable luxury car for any buyer seeking a luxury car. But it is a Hyundai, and as a result, no one will argue that it is value-priced.

    The future has no bearing on the present, though it will have a bearing on the soon-coming present.

    Japan isn't North America. See: Suzuki Wagon R.

    The Genesis is no Phaeton.

    Rules are made to be broken. GCBC doesn't show the Suburban, Yukon, or Corvette in luxury car breakdowns, only when ranking sales of vehicles with base prices above $45K. We don't set the prices. The Land Cruiser bears no pricing relation to, say, the Honda Pilot. And it has long since achieved global high-end status. The Touareg has a base price that's 10% in excess of the Lexus RX; 53% in excess of a Toyota Highlander. The Genesis has a base price 21% in excess of the Avalon's, but 20% below the Lexus GS's. Two different equations. (Again, prices aren't everything, but they have to play a role when an automaker positions a car. Clearly Toyota is chasing customers who are also willing to pay a cut above for the Avalon, as is Chevrolet with high-trim Impalas – we drove a $47K (CDN) example.)

    As for the Equus, simply put, its placement simply keeps it much more closely linked to the E-Class than the S-Class. Moreover, don't hold too tightly to "size" barriers. The Panamera and S-Class may not be direct rivals, either, but they are luxury flagships in a way the Equus, Cadillac XTS, and Kia K900 simply aren't, not yet.

    Of course it's arbitrary. The North American automotive marketplace has arbitrarily decided a base 3-Series with less than 200 bhp and no leather is…. wait for it… a premium sports sedan, because it wears a blue and white roundel.

    Clearly GCBC has never intended to be an inlier. That being said, there's no shortage of comparison tests completed by major publications in which the Genesis sedan is thrown up against, for example, the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse (at C&D, along with the Lexus ES), the Chrysler 300 (AB), and Toyota Avalon (MT).

    You're not wrong. I would fervently argue that a consumer who can't decide between a Fiat 500 and Dodge Challenger isn't wrong, either. And if that consumer wants to compare sales figures, we give them a place to do that: ( It certainly has nothing to do with GCBC not being a fan of the Genesis, nor of its genuine luxury status.

  7. So someone who owns a Toyota Celsior (aka LS430) does not own a luxury sedan?

    And the Acura TSX is just a rebadged Euro Accord.

    The LS400 was value priced when it came out (and still is when compared to the S Class) and all of Lexus's FWD models, as well as all Acuras, are value priced.

    Again, the Genesis, being a midsize luxury sedan, is priced HIGHER than midsize luxury sedans like the ES, TL and MKZ, and the top trim of the Genesis is priced WAY higher than the top trim of those models (the top trim of the Genesis is priced in line with the top trim of the Lexus GS).

    The Genesis is no Phaeton since the Equus fills that slot and both are full-size luxury sedans.

    You keep saying how Japan isn't North America – but all the major NA automotive industry heavyweights regard the Genesis as a luxury sedan, as do all the reviews (Motor Trend, Car & Driver, etc.).

    Again, you're the OUTLIER.

  8. You haven't addressed any of my points and I have rebutted every single of yours.

    1. Regarding the LS430, if someone grey imported the JDM Toyota Celsior model into Canada or the US – would you consider that not to be a luxury model since it has a Toyota badge and not Lexus despite being the exact same car?

    2. The LS's positioning in 1989 is relevant.
    Would you have differed from all the other automotive industry heavyweights and publications and not consider it to be a luxury sedan (or at least a full-size luxury sedan) due to its low pricing?

    Despite the LS400's value pricing (and the LS460 is still value priced compared to the German competition), it was considered to be a full-size luxury sedan to be compared to the S Class, 7 Series.

    Similarly, the Equus is pegged by the industry as a full-size luxury flagship and the automotive press has included the Equus in comparisons with the S Class, 7 Series, etc.

    Again – you talk about North America, but you are the outlier.

  9. With regard to the whole pricing thing – as previously stated, the LS400 was launched at a rock bottom price of $35k.

    That did not stop it from being considered an S Class competitor (which today is still $12k more than the LS460 with the price differential going higher once you start adding options) and Toyota had to price in the cost of a luxury brand and dealer network.

    What does the LS have to do with the fact that the ES, RX, CT, NX, etc. are models that are built on widely sold mainstream platforms?

    That's the path that Honda took with Acura – eschewing the cost of developing RWD platforms (and a V8 powerplant) and launching a separate luxury brand (sales channel).

    In 1989, the Acura Legend started under $20k – which in today's $$ would be $37k, below the price of the Genesis sedan.

    Today, despite not having to price in the cost of a luxury brand and dealer network:

    the Equus is priced HIGHER than the RLX;
    the Genesis sedan is going to be higher priced than the TLX; and
    the upcoming RK compact RWD sedan will be priced higher than the ILX.

    So despite not having the cost associated with a separate luxury brand, Hyundai's luxury sedan offerings are still more expensive than that of Acura's.

  10. Arbitrary: exactly what the people said of the choice when the Genesis was included with luxury cars. It's abundantly clear it's not based on brand name alone: how else do you explain the Touareg's inclusion in the midsize luxury SUV segment breakdown, the Viper with premium sports cars, the Land Cruiser with top-flight luxury SUVs?

    Again, the Suburban, Corvette, and Yukon are not included in the segment breakdowns with luxury brand vehicles. When they rank as some of the best-selling vehicles with base prices above $45,000, we say so – that's just a presentation of facts. GCBC doesn't set prices for new vehicles in North America. Would it be so crazy, though, to suggest that Yukon Denalis, now regularly priced above $70,000, are luxury SUVs, deserving of inclusion in a segment breakdown with the Benz GL and GM's own Cadillac Escalade? I should think not, just as I don't think it's at all crazy to think the Genesis sedan would be included with midsize luxury cars. But a line must be drawn, and at GCBC, we put up a barrier not only because of the badge and not only because of the pricing structure, but because of both, reticent though we are to do so.

    Another problem with the Genesis's inclusion with midsize luxury cars is the fact that Hyundai USA doesn't separate sales figures for the sedan and coupe. This isn't a problem unique to Hyundai's sales figures, but it is exacerbated. The Genesis Coupe, from $26,350, is a mostly invalid tool with which to compare sales of, for example, the Acura RLX. Again, this isn't unique to Hyundai by any means, but it does wreak havoc with sales figures.

    But forget all that, where's your list of all vehicles separated into their respective segments?

  11. Aside from the "Car of the Year" Award in 2009, AJAC previously awarded the Genesis sedan the best new luxury car under $50,000 award.

    So the the Canadian automotive journalists who belong to AJAC don't know what they are doing?

    And yes, the Hyundai USA does not separate out the coupe sales from the sedan, but Hyundai Canada does.

    GM does not separate out sells of the entry-level 3G CTS coupe and wagon from the 4G midsize CTS and yet you have no issue including the CTS in the midsize luxury category.

  12. AJAC categorizations have been, are, and will often continue to be a joke. Notice the car that won the over $50K category that year? A car that's often equipped as a less costly car than the Genesis, of all things.

    The CTS coupe is what, undeserving of luxury status?

    We can go over this again. The Genesis, especially the new car, is a worthy E-Class/A6 rival, IMHO. We consider a number of factors before placing a vehicle in a segment breakdown: price, size, brand, and reader views. The TL, ES, and MKZ are in many ways entry level luxury cars, but also clearly midsize cars. They can easily go either way. I'm not suggesting the ES is a worthy E-Class rival, nor do I believe it's cross-shopped with Lexus's own IS, for example. Price and brand go a long ways toward keeping the Equus from being viewed as an S-Class rival, despite its size and capability. As for the Genesis, conversations with Hyundai sales reps strongly suggest that, most definitely, those lower-tier Germans – 3-Series, A4, C-Class – are prime Genesis sedan rivals. Which only goes to back up the point about size (and/or price and/or brand and/or GCBC reader views) not being the only factor taken into account.

    Most definitely, this new 2015 represents Hyundai in a whole new light. Presently, about 40% of the Genesis' Hyundai USA could sell in the next few weeks are coupes, and more than half those coupes are 4-cylinder models. This isn't comparable to the CTS (or E-Class) situation, because the coupe has completely different positioning. Clearly a move by Hyundai's sales release gang to isolate figures for the two cars would present an opportunity for Genesis figures to be more directly compared with the E-Class. Again, it's not a problem unique to Hyundai – just about everybody throws models together, inconveniently – but the completely different positioning of the two models does especially mess up comparisons, no matter the competing sector.

    We can't make the point enough, however, that no segment breakdown system is perfect. FR-S vs. MX-5? Not really. FR-S vs. 370Z? Not really. Where do they fit? No matter the cars with which you contrast the twins, there will be complaints about how they're not comparable. Yukon XL vs Armada, or Yukon XL vs. Escalade? Yukon vs Acadia, or Acadia vs. Explorer? Many compact cars are now technically midsize cars and certainly can be priced as such. A Porsche Cayenne price bracket spans many tens of thousands of dollars, so does it compare with the G-Class and Range Rover, or Porsche's own Macan?

    We do not simply cater to the whims of GCBC readers. An unreasonable group of readers, for example, won't be listened to just because they think the Camaro should be in the small luxury SUV category. In no way are your suggestions unreasonable, but it should be noted that the instant we lump the Genesis back in with the midsize luxury cars ( we'll receive a dozen emails against the practice for every email for it, and the emails against will quote Car & Driver: "Hyundai’s ambitious 2009 Genesis sedan targeted top-tier luxury brands but landed alongside the Chrysler 300…. There’s no shortage of ambition at Hyundai, but we can’t shake the feeling that its engineers still operate under a belief that luxury and sport are boxes to be checked, not experiences to be crafted. Those who succeed in this segment know it takes a practiced, talented team to perfect the integration and execution that make a good sports sedan. Hyundai might not have the know-how to threaten the BMW 5-series just yet," Not the use of the words, "might", and "yet." There's a reliable source to back up all three sides of every two-sided argument, just don't let that source be AJAC COTY awards (

  13. So may scoff at AJAC's categorization, but it falls in line with that for JD Power, IIHS, ALG, Consumer Reports, etc. – all industry heavyweights.

    Furthermore, just like how the Equus has been included in the luxury flagship comparison tests with the S Class, 7 Series, etc. by auto pubs like Car & Driver and Motor Trend, we'll likely see the Genesis sedan included in their upcoming midsize luxury sedan comparisons (likely won't see the RLX, much less the ES included in those comparisons); AutoGuide just did a comparison of the Genesis and the CTS.

  14. In line with what? Chevrolet Orlando, Chrysler 200Kia Optima LX, Mazda 5, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat TDI was one category. Another: Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse eAssist, Chrysler 300S, Infiniti M35h, Lexus CT200h, Mercedes C-Class C350 4MATIC. Another: BMW X1, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Range Rover Evoque, Volkswagen Touraeg TDI.

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