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Despite top reliability ratings, the Scion xB’s sales have dropped 20 per cent this year. (Toyota)
Despite top reliability ratings, the Scion xB’s sales have dropped 20 per cent this year. (Toyota)

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Top 10 cars and trucks: Canadians buy for reliability Add to ...

In study after study, consumers say that reliability is a top three consideration for new car buyers. But reliability isn’t everything.

Case in point: the Scion xB. Here we have the compact car you can count on most, according to the latest Consumer Reports reliability study released yesterday – No. 1 for reliability. Yet xB sales are down more than 20 per cent this year, and through the end of August, Scion moved just 588 xB hatchbacks out of dealer showrooms. So the xB doesn’t sell and doesn’t break.

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On the other hand, the Honda Civic is a monster seller and darn near bullet-proof, too. The Civic remained Canada’s best-selling car through the end of September; Honda Canada had moved 48,098 Civics, reports DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

The Civic is No. 4 for reliability, says CR, bested only by the xB, the Dodge Dart and Subaru’s Impreza. Alas, the Dart and the Impreza are not among Canada’s top 10 best-selling cars.

Other top 10 best-selling cars that also rank above average for reliability: Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Camry.

Reliability data is not available yet for the 2014 versions of the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, which were both reinvented for 2013. The Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Ford Fusion, while being top 10 best-sellers, are rated below average for reliability.

On the light truck side, certain versions of the Ford F-150, Chrysler’s Ram pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra all rate above average for reliability.

Other top 10 light trucks rated above average for reliability: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe. Top 10 light trucks rated below average: Ford Escape, Dodge Journey and Dodge Caravan.

Five of Canada’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars are ranked above average for reliability, though the Camry is not a “recommended” model by CR. The Camry did not perform well enough in crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Two cars are not rated and three are ranked below average.

Among light trucks, seven rank above average for reliability and three rank below average. Conclusion: reliable vehicles sell in big numbers, for the most part. See, Canadians are smart consumers.

Here’s a look at Canada’s top 10 cars and light trucks through September 2013:

 

Passenger Cars

2013

2012

% gain/loss

1

Honda Civic

48,098

48,194

-0.2%

2

Hyundai Elantra

44,345

39,385

12.6%

3

Toyota Corolla

34,118

32,041

6.5%

4

Mazda3

30,203

32,380

-6.7%

5

Chevrolet Cruze

25,363

25,301

0.2%

6

Volkswagen Jetta

23,298

19,690

18.3%

7

Ford Focus

20,904

21,770

-4.0%

8

Ford Fusion

16,681

13,316

25.3%

9

Hyundai Accent

15,793

19,457

-18.8%

10

Toyota Camry

13,963

14,659

-4.7%

 

 

Light Trucks

2013

2012

% gain/loss

1

Ford F-Series

96,931

84,074

15.3%

2

Ram pickup

62,128

52,033

19.4%

3

Dodge Caravan

36,697

42,336

-13.3%

4

GMC Sierra

35,229

33,412

5.4%

5

Ford Escape

33,660

33,132

1.6%

6

Chevrolet Silverado

29,088

28,147

3.3%

7

Honda CR-V

25,003

26,177

-4.5%

8

Toyota RAV4

24,945

19,926

25.2%

9

Dodge Journey

22,292

23,021

-3.2%

10

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

20,221

16,845

20.0%

 

Source: DesRosiers Automotive Consultants

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