With 2021 in our rear view mirror, many people are looking forward to a fresh start after a tumultuous year, characterized by ongoing pricing and availability shifts in the market. As we’ve turned the page and rung in 2022, AutoTrader.ca took a look back at what was a big year in the Canadian automotive industry.
Every year, AutoTrader.ca, Canada’s largest automotive marketplace, mines and analyzes its site search data to capture the pulse of Canadian car buyers’ interests. The exercise produces the Top Searched Vehicles list, which provides a current view of the most popular cars among Canadians, as well as a glimpse into evolving consumer preferences across the country.
The marketplace search data found that while consumer brand loyalty seems to be enduring through the pandemic, 2021 also marked the beginning of a number of new trends in how Canadian car buyers approach their car-shopping journey.
In 2021, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was profoundly felt in the automotive sector, most notably in the global supply chain squeeze that led to a widespread shortage of microchips. This shortage strained new car inventory and resulted in record high prices for new and used vehicles in the Canadian automotive marketplace.
Yet, despite that reality, luxury and mainstay car brands remained the top vehicle choices for Canadians in 2021. AutoTrader’s 2021 Top Searched vehicle list revealed that perennial favourites, the Ford F-150, Ford Mustang and BMW 3 Series, held strong as Canada’s top three vehicles for the second year in a row.
In order, the top searched vehicles in Canada in 2021 were:
- Ford F-150
- Ford Mustang
- BMW 3 Series
- Porsche 911
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Honda Civic
- Toyota RAV4
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Chevrolet Corvette
- BMW M