For a list such as this to be meaningful, certain qualifications must be installed beforehand. “Luxury vehicle” can mean just about anything in marketing literature, but for an aware readership, GoodCarBadCar.net has slightly higher standards than simply any car available with leather-lined seats. Premium badges, therefore, are mandatory…. with a handful of exceptions. Because of the Chevrolet Corvette’s premium pricing, it could be considered a luxury vehicle. (Before you check, it’s not among Canada’s 30 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles.)
Can the opposite be true? Is a rebadged, up-contented Honda Civic like the Acura CSX, a $24,290 car, really a luxury vehicle? It’s hard to say. So, for those who disagree with its inclusion as Canada’s 25th best-selling luxury vehicle, or for those who don’t like the Hyundai Genesis’s presence here, there are a couple of stand-ins you should be aware of. The taxi squad, as it’ll be called, includes the Audi A3 (1322 sales in 2010, up 6.2%), Volvo XC90 (1194, down 18%), Volvo’s XC70/V70 pair (1220, down 14.5%), and the Audi Q7 (1247, up 8.8%). How ’bout we add the Cadillac Escalade to the rundown (1181, up 47.4%) and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (1168, up 39.5%) as honourable mentions? That way, consumers who refuse to consider the Mercedes-Benz B-Class a luxury vehicle can see which cars would take its place.
Speaking of the Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Canada says 3113 of its overall Genesis sales tally can be attributed to the Genesis Coupe, leaving just 811 of the truly luxurious Genesis sedans. Strange bed-brothers: BMW Canada lists the 323i’s base price at $37,650; the Hyundai Genesis 3.8 is priced from $38,999. Could the C-Class Benz be numero uno? There’s a coupe coming, but the C-Class goes to bat with just one bodystyle – BMW’s 3-Series has four. Is bigger better? Not quite, 13 of the country’s 30 most popular luxury vehicles are SUV/crossover/CUVs. Of the 30 vehicles listed below, 14 are German-derived. One is Korean, one is Swedish, four are American, the other ten are Japanese.