Canada’s Favorite Sports Cars
The United States is not the only country in the world that loves fast and sporty cars. Its neighbor to the north, Canada, also loves to rev up those engines and look cool while driving down a long stretch of highway or taking a turn on a windy hill at 35 mph.
It seems, however, that Canada loves sporty classics just as much as it enjoys its contemporary counterparts.
The following Top 10 Sports Cars in Canada list has been compiled over the last two years and only includes those cars that have two doors.
The list includes everything from American muscle cars, to nimble Japanese automobiles, to sleek European vehicles.
1. Ford Mustang
This American muscle classic tops the list for this year. While it may seem that the Mustang is not your usual “sporty” vehicle, its new features like rear suspension and broad model range have made it much more so.
The new Ford Mustangs are currently running at very affordable prices when compared to other sports cars. This is one of the main reasons that it has been the most popular seller in Canada since 2016.
Since last year, Mustang sales in Canada have increased by roughly 12%, which has increased its sales to over 7,00 cars, much higher than any other car on the top ten list by a considerable margin.
2. Dodge Challenger
We told you that Canadians love old classics!
Second on the list is another American muscle classic, the Dodge Challenger. By most standards, the Challenger is not at all a sports car, but Canadians do not seem to have as strict of rules when it comes to defining “sports car”. It is powerful and it does have two doors, which are two important criteria on this top 10 sports cars in Canada list.
Since last year, Dodge Challenger sales have increased by over 17% and 20,000 cars have sold overall.
3. Chevrolet Camaro
Are we beginning to see a pattern here with American sports vehicles?
It seems so and one of the main reasons may be the close proximity of America to Canada, which also means lower tariffs and shipping costs, equaling lower prices. Maybe it's just that Canadians like American muscle more than any other type of sporty vehicle. Whatever the case may be, the Chevy Camaro is third on the list.
While Camaro sales in Canada have been down slightly for the last 3 years, they were still good enough to prove its popularity amongst Canadians.
The only criticism seems to be that the new models do not look so new, so there is not really a reason for Canadian sports car fans to trade in their old Camaros for new ones.
4. BMW 2-Series
Finally, a European sports car has made the list!
The BMW 2-Series is not just a sports car, it is a sports car with class and Canadians seem to be loving it.
This year sales are expected to be at their highest level since 2009 for this all-wheel-drive second generation BMW.
As of now, the 2-Series models sold in Canada are mostly coupes and convertibles, but other versions are expected to be released sometime in the future.
5. Chevrolet Corvette
How popular is the Corvette in Canada? For the past 4 years, sales have grown every year. In fact, for the last couple of years, there has been an increase of over 1,000 units sold per year.
What is the reason for such a consistent increase in Canadian sales for this sporty American car? Anyone who has ever driven a Corvette knows the answer to this without needing any explanation, but for purposes of brevity here is a quick one: it’s fast, looks cool, and is not that expensive, at least when compared with the typical European sports car.
6. Audi A5
This particular Audi model has been a big hit in Canada for quite some time. In fact, the entire Audi line has done well over the last decade in Canada, selling approximately 16,000 cars over that span.
While sales were down over 10% last year, the car manufacturer is planning on coming out with a new model sometime either this year or next year to replace the A5.
The A4 and A5 have proven to be big hits in the past, so it will be no surprise to see Audi come out with another winner sometime soon.
7. Toyota 86/Scion FR-S
Japan in the house!
Actually, the Scion FR-S, while ranking quite high on the Canadian sports car sales charts up until 2013, has fallen drastically over the past 3 years. No need to worry though because Japanese giant, Toyota, is picking up the slack and taking the remaining FR-S’s and merging them into the new Toyota 86.
Toyota has done well in Canada over the last decade, so it is expected that they will bring the new Scion versions back to prominence once again. The company plans on retaining many of the same features that made the Scion popular to begin with and adding a few new ones to make it even better.
8. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Genesis Coupe was the most popular car in the entire Hyundai Canada group but has now been targeted for termination after falling drastically off of its peak in 2010.
In the last two years, the Genesis Coupe has sold less than 2,000 units. Still, its former popularity made it a strong contender for the top 10 cars in Canada list for this year.
Hyundai is ushering in a new replacement for its Genesis model sometime in the next two years, so expect to see another big sports car hit from this particular manufacturer.
9. Nissan 370Z
This particular Nissan model is proving itself to be a huge winner for Nissan Canada. In 2016 alone, sales rose to almost 40% over its previous average.
It is believed that the affordable price of this sports vehicle, less than $30,000, has drawn much interest to itself from Canadian residents who love a valuable bargain just as much as anyone else.
The Nissan 370Z is expected to beat last years numbers in 2017, making it one of the highest performing sports cars in Canada for two consecutive years in a row.
10. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The final sports car on the list, MX-5 Miata, is from another Japanese car manufacturer, Mazda.
Last year the MX-5 boosted the company to record-breaking sales numbers. In fact, in 2016, the MX-5 Miata alone sold almost 50% over its average sales since 2015!
This sleek, little roadster has been a big hit among Canadian sports car enthusiasts, and rightfully so, as the company continues to roll out new versions of its Miata every few years keeping it fresh and full of life.