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10 Most Popular New Vehicles in Canada in 2022

Despite two years after the dark days of the first half of 2020, new vehicle sales in Canada remain well below pre-pandemic levels halfway through 2022.

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According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, new light vehicle sales for June 2022 came in at an estimated 143,773 units, down 11.5% from the same month in 2021. To put the dire situation in which the light vehicle market now finds itself in context, Canadians bought 185,496 new vehicles in June 2019.

“Clearly, vehicle shortages remain severe and dominate the market environment. Indeed, last month saw the lowest June sales level since the recession year of 2009 when sales were under 140 thousand,” said Andrew King, Managing Partner of DAC.

With customer demand still out-stripping what the automakers can supply, here are the 10 most popular new vehicles sold in Canada for the first six months of 2022*.

 

10th-place: Hyundai Elantra — 12,932 sold

The 2022 Elantra proves Canada’s compact sedan class is vibrant, contemporary, engaging and evolving. Hyundai launched this generation, the seventh, only two years ago. Variants go from cost-effective to plush to efficient. New this year is the Elantra N sports sedan with a turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder unit generating 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This connects to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. It’s still operated like a conventional automatic, although paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel allow drivers to change gears themselves.

 

9th-place: Hyundai Kona – 13,673 sold

The Kona continues to make a big splash in the hot sub-compact SUV segment. While the gasoline powertrains are essentially the same as before, the 2022 Kona gets attractive new styling to go along with a thoroughly revamped interior and more safety and technology. The new Kona N is the first N-branded Hyundai SUV. It has the spirit and performance of a hot hatch with the versatility of an SUV. It excites with its lively 2.0L turbocharged engine, aerodynamic body kit, sport-tuned steering and suspension, and the delightful “N Grin Shift” button that temporarily boosts power to 286 hp.

 

8th-place: Toyota Corolla – 14,998 sold

Ah, the 2022 Corolla. Not just a compact car but a pillar of the automotive establishment. It didn’t reach these lofty heights of success by being unpredictable, radical or edgy. Instead, the Corolla represents a safe buy in more ways than one. It’s safe from an occupant protection point of view, yet also in terms of running costs, resale values, and reliability. Occasionally, you might get lost, but you’ll always know where you are with a Corolla. The broader 2022 Corolla range goes beyond this sedan. There’s the hybrid version and the hatchback variant.

 

7th-place: Honda Civic – 15,331 sold

With its updated looks, improved structure, and thoroughly modern set of safety and convenience items, the highly refined compact 2022 Civic looks well prepared to carry on this compact Honda’s impressive sales legacy. The Civic hatchback is based on the same chassis as the sedan but shorter in the back. The sedan-only Civic Si has a 200-hp version of the turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder complemented by a sport-tuned suspension and available summer tires. Look for the sportiest version of the new Civic, the track-ready Type R, to arrive later in 2022. Like the Si, it will be fitted exclusively with a manual gearbox.

 

6th-place: Honda CR-V – 17,509 sold

The 2022 CR-V is among the best in a highly competitive class of compact SUVs. It takes the driveability and efficiency of a Honda compact car and packages it as a versatile SUV. The Honda CR-V benefits from one of the roomiest interiors in its class. There is plenty of room for both passengers and cargo. The back seats have legroom similar to a mid-size sedan, and there’s a big cargo hold. Cargo space gets even bigger when you fold down the back seats. This big cabin makes the CR-V a good SUV for small families.

 

5th-place: GMC Sierra 1500 – 27,063 sold

The 2022 model year sees a mid-cycle refresh for the Sierra. In addition to a redesigned front grille and new headlights and taillights, GMC’s full-size pickup gets an expressive lighting animation when approaching, starting, and walking away from the truck. Upgrades to the interior address the design and materials issues many felt put the outgoing Sierra at a disadvantage to more stylish entries in the field like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, especially at the upper trim levels. To shore up the luxury truck level, GMC added a new top trim: the Denali Ultimate.

 

4th-place: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – 27,690 sold

For 2022. the Silverado gets updated exterior styling and, starting with the LT trim, introduces a new modern interior ported over from General Motors’ line of full-size SUVs, which were all-new for 2021. One thing that sets the Silverado apart from its competitors is the availability of GM’s “Super Cruise” semi-autonomous driving system, which in the case of the Silverado, has been calibrated to work while towing. Additionally, a new off-road-oriented ZR2 trim joins the lineup for 2022. Borrowing its trim level name from the Colorado ZR2, the Silverado ZR2 uses Multimatic-sourced DSSV spool-valve shocks and offers locking front and rear differentials, just like its mid-size sibling.

 

3rd-place: Toyota RAV4 – 28,679 sold

The current generation is the fifth RAV4 that debuted for 2019. So here is a compact SUV employing technology that perhaps isn’t cutting edge but still sufficiently modern, with the benefit of an outstanding pedigree. As its name implies, the TRD Off-Road is specialized, with all-wheel drive as standard, an off-road-focused suspension, heated side mirrors, and a front skid plate. Spacious, safe, and fuel-efficient (the Hybrid and Prime plug-in hybrid are particularly relevant with rising gas prices), the RAV4 has to be on the shortlist of anyone looking at a new compact SUV.

 

2nd-place: Ram 1500 – 37,647 sold

The Ram 1500 pickup enters 2022 with some revised trim levels and packaging differences but no significant mechanical changes. Four powertrain choices exist: a mild-hybrid eTorque 3.6L Pentastar V6, a turbodiesel 3.0L V6, a 5.7L Hemi V8 (with or without eTorque), and a supercharged 6.2L V8 in the TRX. If you order the Trailer Tow Group on your Ram 1500 full-size pickup, it now comes with LED lights illuminating the trailer hitch area from above. It helps you see the hitch at night when backing up and using the Ram’s electronic trailer reverse steering control, which features a knob that controls steering inputs.

 

1st-place: Ford F-Series – 50,440 sold

The full-size pickup truck class is getting more competitive, but the Ford F-150 is a consistent class leader. The new-for-2022 F-150 Lightning is an all-electric full-size pickup. Yes, a battery-powered version of the highly regarded, highly capable, and highly successful F-150. Compared with its gas-powered stablemates, there isn’t quite the kaleidoscope of permutations with the new F-150 Lighting. There’s just one cab, a Super Crew with four proper doors and seating for five. It’s built in a dedicated facility, whose construction and production processes are aimed toward sustainability. Even the forklift trucks run on hydrogen fuel cells.

*Vehicle sales based on manufacturer-supplied information between January 1 and June 30, 2022.

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