Beyond the Borders: Fuel efficiency a bigger factor for vehicle buyers in Canada, compared to U.S.

Toronto, Ontario Even though we’re neighbours, Canadians seek markedly different characteristics when purchasing a new vehicle, compared to U.S. customers.

According to the information found in North America’s first-quarter sales, there are vehicles that are exponentially more popular in Canada than in the United States. There are five vehicles that stick out as top sellers in Canada while not being as popular in the U.S. 

With fuel prices more costly in Canada, Canadians are more likely to go for vehicles that were fuel-efficient and more compact, suggests the report, 

That’s one of the reasons why the Hyundai Venue has become a top-seller in Canada, with a market share in Canada is 258 percent higher than the U.S. market share. 

The Hyundai Kona is also among the top-ranked models in Canada, claiming the title of Canada’s favourite subcompact crossover and 1.8 percent of the new vehicle market share. South of the border, however, the vehicle is less of a crowdpleaser, with a fourth-place rank in the subcompact crossover category and 0.6 percent of the U.S.’s first-quarter new vehicle market share.

Living up to its name, the Nissan Kicks boots similar SUV crossovers out of the picture in the Canadian new-vehicle market. The Nissan Kicks proves 85 percent more popular in Canada than the U.S., with a 1.2 percent market share in Canada and a mere 0.5 percent share in the U.S.

The Kia Seltos is another compact vehicle that achieved impressive numbers in Canada. Nearly 1 percent of Canadian buyers chose to go for the Seltos, which is more than double the percent of people who purchased the vehicle in the U.S.

Last but not least, Mazda3 appears to have captured the hearts of more Canadians than Americans. The car company sold 2,657 Mazda3’s within the first three months of 2021 alone. Mazda3’s take up 0.7 percent of Canada’s market share, which is 171 percent higher than the U.S.’s market share. 



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