January 2016 Canada Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 133 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – Every Car Ranked

2017 Hyundai Elantra red

Although Canadians registered 1419 more Honda Civics in January 2016 than in January 2015, the market for passenger cars slid 3.5% in the first month of the year.

Incidentally, January 2016 was the highest-volume January for the Canadian auto industry since 2002. Cars are simply not the force now that they were back then, however. Even looking back five years to January 2011, cars accounted for 39% of the industry’s total volume. 

Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2016
Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016

That figure plunged to 31% in 2016. The market has expanded 28% over that period, but Canadians only bought as many cars now as they did five years ago.

This has opened up an opportunity for the Civic, as Honda clears out 2015s and welcomes all-new 2016s, to steal even greater market share. In January 2011, the Civic owned just 3.4% of the Canadian car market. In January 2016? 11%.

Canada Car Sales By Model – January 2017
Canada Car Sales By Model – February 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales By Model – 2015 Year End
Canada Car Sales By Model – January 2015

2016 won’t be easy for the Civic, however, even with an all-new version attracting plenty of attention with, well, its newness, and via Tim Hortons’ Roll Up The Rim campaign. Honda’s CR-V is rising – sales jumped 9% in January – and the HR-V is a small crossover in a country that’s increasingly interested in small crossovers.

It’s almost certain that the Civic will end 2016 as Canada’s best-selling car. Ending the year with 11% passenger car market share is another question. 

Fortunately for Honda, chief rivals are fading at the moment.  Seven of the Civic’s 11 top-selling rivals reported fewer sales in January 2016 than in January 2015. 

The Civic’s top-selling rival, however, is about to be replaced, as well. Hyundai just announced pricing for the 2017 Elantra today.

Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by January 2016 volume by clicking the January 2016 column header – which will give you the same results – or you can rank them by improvements or declines using the % columns. 

Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function. Beginning with these January 2016 results, we have excluded the Subaru Outback, Subaru Crosstrek, and Toyota Venza from car results and included them with SUVs and crossovers.

Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – January 2016
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada – January 2016
Canada Pickup Truck Sales By Model – January 2016
Canada Minivan Sales By Model – January 2016
Canada Commercial Van Sales By Model – January 2016

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Rank
Car
Jan.
2016 YTD
Jan.
2015 YTD
%
Change
#1 Honda Civic 3,708 2,289 62.0%
#2 Toyota Corolla 2,174 2,427 -10.4%
#3 Hyundai Elantra 2,093 3,083 -32.1%
#4 Chevrolet Cruze 1,456 1,373 6.0%
#5 Mazda 3 1,281 1,688 -24.1%
#6 Volkswagen Jetta 1,171 1,662 -29.5%
#7 Volkswagen Golf 1,094 1,198 -8.7%
#7.1 Volkswagen Golf * 959 1,011 -5.1%
#7.2 Volkswagen Golf GTI * 135 187 -27.8%
#8 Hyundai Accent 880 669 31.5%
#9 Honda Accord 837 602 39.0%
#10 Ford Focus 825 774 6.6%
#11 Toyota Camry 800 1,045 -23.4%
#12 Nissan Sentra 721 786 -8.3%
#13 Subaru Impreza 703 603 16.6%
#13.1 Subaru Impreza * 450 438 2.7%
#13.2 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI * 253 165 53.3%
#14 Kia Soul 662 375 76.5%
#14.1 Kia Soul * 621 375 65.6%
#14.2 Kia Soul EV * 41
#15 Nissan Altima 661 445 48.5%
#16 Nissan Micra 645 679 -5.0%
#17 Chevrolet Malibu 616 373 65.1%
#18 Ford Fusion 570 623 -8.5%
#19 Honda Fit 559 826 -32.3%
#20 BMW 3-Series 507 512 -1.0%
#21 Hyundai Sonata 498 470 6.0%
#22 Kia Rio 493 511 -3.5%
#23 Mitsubishi Lancer 469 308 52.3%
#24 Kia Forte 450 463 -2.8%
#25 Nissan Versa 416 572 -27.3%
#26 Kia Optima 399 394 1.3%
#27 Toyota Yaris 398 398 0.0%
#28 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 394 566 -30.4%
#29 BMW 4-Series 372 222 67.6%
#30 Chrysler 200 335 676 -50.4%
#31 Ford Fiesta 292 310 -5.8%
#32 Buick Verano 264 221 19.5%
#33 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 261 191 36.6%
#34 Cadillac ATS 259 120 116%
#35 Volkswagen Passat & CC ¤ 251 337 -25.5%
#35.1 Volkswagen Passat * 232 313 -25.9%
#35.2 Volkswagen Passat CC * 19 24 -20.8%
T36 Ford Mustang 232 146 58.9%
T36 Acura TLX 232 235 -1.3%
#38 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class & CLS-Class ¤
231 161 43.5%
#39 Mini Cooper  225 183 23.0%
#40 Infiniti Q50 209 210 -0.5%
T41 Audi A3 206 219 -5.9%
T41 Chevrolet Sonic 206 205 0.5%
#43 Dodge Charger 205 213 -3.8%
#44 Audi A4 º 193 275 -29.8%
#45 Subaru Legacy 155 188 -17.6%
T46 Ford Taurus 154 76 103%
T46 Nissan Maxima 154 85 81.2%
#48 Scion iM 150
#49 Lexus ES 141 120 17.5%
#50 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 134 145 -7.6%
#51 Chrysler 300 133 116 14.7%
#52 Lexus IS 131 152 -13.8%
#53 Acura ILX 126 60 110%
#54 Toyota Prius V ² 124 171 -27.5%
#55 Mitsubishi Mirage 118 233 -49.4%
#56 Toyota Prius C ² 115 146 -21.2%
#57 Dodge Dart 111 458 -75.8%
#58 Chevrolet Impala 106 92 15.2%
#59 Chevrolet Camaro 96 58 65.5%
#60 Mazda 6 95 135 -29.6%
#61 Chevrolet Volt 94 71 32.4%
#62 BMW 2-Series 91 32 184%
#63 Dodge Challenger 84 121 -30.6%
#64 Cadillac CTS 78 45 73.3%
#65 Volkswagen Beetle 74 76 -2.6%
#66 Hyundai Veloster 73 294 -75.2%
#67 Nissan Leaf 72 36 100%
#68 Chevrolet Spark 70 80 -12.5%
#69 Buick Regal 67 51 31.4%
#70 Audi A5 57 79 -27.8%
#71 Volvo S60 54 56 -3.6%
#72 Hyundai Genesis  53 63 -15.9%
#73 Fiat 500 50 148 -66.2%
#73.1 Fiat 500 * 37 122 -69.7%
#73.2 Fiat 500 Convertible * 13 26 -50.0%
#74 Lincoln MKZ 48 36 33.3%
#75 Toyota Prius ² 46 81 -43.2%
T76 Audi A6 44 56 -21.4%
T76 Scion tC 44 51 -13.7%
#78 BMW 5-Series 42 110 -61.8%
#79 Toyota Avalon 41 48 -14.6%
T80 Audi A7 40 17 135%
T80 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 40 58 -31.0%
T82 Buick LaCrosse 36 85 -57.6%
T82 Cadillac XTS 36 25 44.0%
T82 Scion FR-S 36 52 -30.8%
T85 BMW 7-Series 34 18 88.9%
T85 BMW i3/i8 34 24 41.7%
#87 Volvo V60 33 59 -44.1%
T88 Porsche 911 32 27 18.5%
T88 Lexus RC 32 24 33.3%
#90 Jaguar F-Type 31 12 158%
#91 Lexus GS 30 29 3.4%
T92 Chevrolet Corvette 28 21 33.3%
T92 Infiniti Q70 28 11 155%
T94 BMW 6-Series 27 29 -6.9%
T94 Ford C-Max 27 20 35.0%
T96 Hyundai Genesis Coupe  25 47 -46.8%
T96 Smart Fortwo 25 30 -16.7%
T98 Jaguar XJ 24 7 243%
T98 Scion xB 24 51 -52.9%
#100 Lexus CT200h 23 51 -54.9%
T101 Subaru BRZ 20 32 -37.5%
T101 Volvo XC70 20 25 -20.0%
T103 Fiat 500L 18 100 -82.0%
T103 Nissan 370Z 18 17 5.9%
T105 Audi TT 17 3 467%
T105 Lexus LS 17 8 113%
T105 Volvo S80 17 20 -15.0%
#108 Jaguar XF 16 38 -57.9%
#109 Mazda MX-5 Miata 15 6 150%
T110 Lincoln MKS 13 9 44.4%
T110 Volkswagen Eos 13 19 -31.6%
#112 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 12 14 -14.3%
T113 Mercedes-AMG GT 11
T113 Porsche Boxster 11 10 10.0%
T115 Audi A8 10 11 -9.1%
T115 Nissan GT-R 10 3 233%
T117 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 9 10 -10.0%
T117 Porsche Panamera 9 17 -47.1%
T119 Kia Cadenza 8 24 -66.7%
T119 Porsche Cayman 8 8 0.0%
T121 Acura RLX 7 12 -41.7%
T121 Mitsubishi i MiEV 7 3 133%
T121 Infiniti Q60 7 12 -41.7%
#124 Alfa Romeo 4C 6 6 0.0%
#125 Mazda 2 4 95 -95.8%
#126 Honda CR-Z 3 4 -25.0%
T127 Dodge Viper 2 4 -50.0%
T127 Scion iQ 2 12 -83.3%
T129 BMW Z4 1 4 -75.0%
T129 Cadillac ELR 1 4 -75.0%
T129 Honda Crosstour 1 41 -97.6%
T129 Honda Insight 1
T129 Kia K900 1 5 -80.0%
#134 Toyota Matrix 138 -100%
#135 Audi R8 7 -100%
#136 Dodge Avenger 6 -100%
#137 Scion xD 6 -100%
#138 Jaguar XK 2 -100%
#139 Porsche 918 Spyder 2 -100%
#140 Hyundai Equus 1 -100%
#141 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 1 -100%
#142 Nissan Cube 1 -100%
Total
33,638 34,844 -3.5%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of CanadaANDC
* Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
² Total Prius Family sales: down 28.4% to 285.
† Mini Cooper includes sales of the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, Roadster, and Paceman.
 Total Genesis sales: down 29.1% to 78.
¤ Automakers release sales figures for the E-Class and CLS-Class together and the Passat and CC together. (January’s Passat breakdown, sourced by ANDC, is not confirmed by Volkswagen.) 
º Audi’s A4 sales data includes sales of the Allroad.
Sales data for brands such as Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands in January were 7, 19, 11, and 7, respectively. Total Maserati volume is reported, but not by specific models. It is believed that Tesla sold 1780 copies of their Model S during calendar year 2015.