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Top 10 Searched Vehicles on KBB.ca in 2021

Find out what used and new vehicles were the most searched on KBB.ca last year.

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Since KBB.ca launched in spring 2020, Canadian car buyers have been able to discover the right price for the car, truck or SUV they wanted to buy or sell, read expert reviews and comparisons about the top vehicles available in Canada, and browse through thousands of new and used vehicle listings.

With these vehicle listings, KBB.ca collects and tracks essential data and information to gauge Canadian consumers' automotive buying patterns and trends. And although many of the vehicles listed below are also some of the country's top-sellers, here are the top 10 searched vehicles on KBB.ca last year.

 

10th place: BMW 3 Series

Not only the most-searched luxury vehicle on KBB.ca last year, but the BMW 3 Series also looms over the rest of the luxury compact sedan landscape like it’s the highest mountain. Luxurious cruiser, enthusiast machine, and status symbol—the 5-passenger 3 Series puts an equally strong emphasis on each aspect and succeeds on all counts.

Which generation of 3 Series is this current model? It’s the seventh, which debuted for the 2019 model year. The tech is still fresh, and refinements have been incorporated. A couple of recent predecessors weren’t received so well by the driving-shoe-wearing crowd, but the latest puts the 2022 BMW 3 Series back in its top spot.

 

9th place: Honda Accord

The Accord is a high point of its segment. Sure, a few more recent arrivals have one or two smarter and shinier tech features, but Honda’s 5-passenger mid-size sedan has always had robust engineering on its side, resulting in excellent reliability and strong resale values.

Even if it’s not super-thrilling, the Honda Accord is enjoyable to drive. That’s not something we can say about most SUVs edging sedans out of Canadian driveways. If a buyer is brave enough to get a sedan, the 2022 Honda Accord is an extraordinarily risk-free choice.

 

8th place: Hyundai Elantra

The latest Hyundai Elantra has shaken up the compact sedan class with bold styling, generous equipment, and affordable pricing. And it’s only in the second year of its current seventh-generation. This latest Elantra sedan is also spacious, safe (top scores in crash tests), and cheap to own. 

With models ranging from pleasantly capable to corner-carving, and a hybrid drivetrain in between, this newest 5-passenger 2022 Elantra has an appeal that’s broad and deep. Yet, there’s a classiness and presence that transcends the usual mainstream-brand compact cars for all its good sense.

 

7th place: Ford Escape

The Ford Escape compact SUV has always been popular with Canadian buyers. The current Escape is very competitive. It offers at least two interesting drivetrains (out of four), comes with several driver assistance features as standard, has a roomy 5-passenger cabin for the class, and this current generation was all-new only a couple of years ago.

The 2022 Escape PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) puts this Ford SUV into an intriguing area. There are rivals with a similar PHEV drivetrain, although the Kia Niro PHEV and Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid are smaller. The Toyota RAV4 Prime is a more direct comparison.

 

6th place: Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 does everything most people need a compact SUV to do. And does it well. Not surprising since Toyota pretty much invented this kind of vehicle with the first RAV4. So the company has had a lot of customer feedback and time to perfect the recipe.

The current generation is the fifth, which debuted for 2019, employing technology that perhaps isn’t cutting edge but still sufficiently modern, with the benefit of an outstanding pedigree. Spacious, safe, and fuel-efficient, the 5-passenger 2022 Toyota RAV4 must be on the shortlist of anyone looking at a new compact SUV.

 

5th place: Mazda Mazda3

While the latest new vehicle sales charts in Canada are filled with SUVs and trucks, when KBB.ca readers search for both used and new vehicles, compact cars, like the Mazda3, remain popular. With a range that includes sedan and hatchback body styles, and with all-wheel drive available in most variants, the latest 2022 Mazda3 is a rarity on several counts and a high point of the compact class in several regards.

Nothing else has this combination of Mazda-style, poise, quality, refinement, and driver engagement. Yes, the higher trims are pricey, but they provide credible competition to entry-level luxury cars like an Audi A3 or Acura ILX. 

 

4th place: Honda CR-V

The RAV4 was the best-selling new compact SUV in Canada last year. But the Honda CR-V took the prize as the most-searched compact SUV with KBB.ca readers. The CR-V was one of the original compact SUVs, and it’s still one of the best. It truly takes the driveability and efficiency of a Honda compact car and packages it as a versatile SUV. 

The current 5-passenger 2022 Honda CR-V has one of the roomiest interiors in its class, with tons of space for passengers and cargo. Whether you’re looking for a daily commuter, errand runner, or small family vehicle, the CR-V is a perfect fit for a wide range of drivers. 

 

3rd place: Toyota Corolla

Ah, the Toyota Corolla. Not just a compact car but a pillar of the automotive establishment. One of the world’s best-selling cars over 12 generations and several decades. It didn’t reach these lofty heights of success by being unpredictable, radical, or edgy.

Instead, the 5-passenger Corolla represents a safe buy 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. The broader 2022 Corolla range goes beyond this sedan. There’s the hybrid version and the hatchback variant, each with different qualities.

 

2nd place: Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is Canada’s best-selling vehicle for good reasons. It does just about everything you could want a full-size truck to do with class-leading towing and hauling capabilities, impressive off-road chops when properly equipped, and an interior that’s both practical and upscale. With a wide range of trims, engines, and configurations available, there’s an F-150 for anyone in the market for a big pickup.

For 2022, engine options include a traditional V-8, a twin-turbo hybrid V-6, and even an all-electric powertrain in the F-150 Lightning. The full-size pickup truck class is getting more competitive all the time, but the Ford F-150 continues to be a consistent class leader.

 

1st place: Honda Civic

Ford’s full-size truck may be more popular with Canadian shoppers, but the vehicle KBB.ca readers searched the most in 2021 was the Honda Civic. The message here? The Civic is hugely popular with used and new vehicle buyers.

An all-new 11th-generation Civic went on sale for 2022 with a majorly revamped chassis, significantly more rigid than before and now sporting a wheelbase that helps create a roomier back seat and a smoother ride. With its updated looks, improved structure, and thoroughly modern suite of safety and convenience items, the highly refined 2022 Honda Civic looks well prepared to carry on this compact Honda’s impressive sales legacy.

*Vehicle search rankings based on KBB.ca pageviews between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
 

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