But the Civic isn’t like most cars. Oh, it’s a fairly conventional compact. (You can read our review of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring here.) But its Canadian presence is massive. In 18 consecutive years, the Civic was Canada’s best-selling car, a streak that began in 1998 and ran through 2015. In 2008, the Civic was Canada’s best-selling vehicle overall.
The Civic’s January improvement wasn’t the only year-over-year increase among compact cars, but even with gains from the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Subaru Impreza, the segment slid 5%.
Subcompact cars tumbled 10% as Honda Fit sales plunged 32% and the Nissan Versa slid 27%.
There’s no doubt that many prospective car buyers are sliding over a category. As Honda lost 267 Fit sales, they produced 725 HR-V sales. As Mazda lost 407 3 sales, Mazda also sold 527 CX-3s.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small cars of all kinds any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.