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As sales of light trucks, which include SUVs, pickups and vans, continue to climb to new heights, the once-mighty passenger car segment, which includes sedans, hatchbacks and wagons, continues to spiral downward in popularity.

Nearly 730,000 light trucks were sold in the first half of 2018, an increase of over four per cent year-over-year. In contrast, automakers moved just over 311,000 passenger cars off their lots. Ten years ago, passenger cars accounted for over 54 per cent of new vehicle sales in the country, but today the segment represents just under 30 per cent.

Despite the overall decline, there are still those that prefer the fuel efficiency and easy drive of a compact sedan. Here is a list of the top-10 best-selling passenger cars in Canada and their sales so far this year:

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  1. Honda Civic – 35,536 (-4.4 per cent)
  2. Toyota Corolla – 25,166 (-11.2 per cent)
  3. Hyundai Elantra – 20,596 (-13.2 per cent)
  4. Chevrolet Cruze – 14,448 (-6.6 per cent)
  5. Mazda3 – 14,122 (-5.2 per cent)
  6. Volkswagen Golf – 11,164 (+2.7 per cent)
  7. Toyota Camry – 6,830 (+11.4 per cent)
  8. Kia Forte – 7,101 (-12.6 per cent)
  9. Honda Accord – 6,465 (-12.7 per cent)
  10. Nissan Sentra – 6,603 (-19.9 per cent)

We’ve featured some of our favourite offers this week on Canada’s most popular cars. If you don’t find an offer that suits you, be sure to check out the new Globe Drive Build and Price Tool to see the latest incentives and discounts on any new car, truck or SUV .

2018 Honda Civic Sedan EX CVT

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The Honda Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car for an impressive two decades. The 2018 Civic comes standard with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine that generates 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. The EX trim features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, WiFi tethering capability, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and a multi-angle rearview camera. Active safety features on this trim include a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, a road departure mitigation system and hill start assist.

  • MSRP: $24,090
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,795
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $25,385
  • Finance for 60 months at 1.49 per cent interest for $483 per month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax, as compared to no incentive in June) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 0.99 per cent interest for $315 per month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax, as compared to no incentive in June) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

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The Corolla is Toyota’s best-selling car and was its best-selling vehicle overall until 2015, when it was overtaken by the RAV4. Most 2018 Toyota Corolla trims produce 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque through a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine (except the LE Eco trim). Standard interior features include a 6.1-inch infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free functionality, voice recognition, a backup camera and a multi-information display in the instrument cluster. Standard safety features include automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, as well as Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

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  • MSRP: $21,890
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $500 (applied after tax)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,785
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $22,733
  • Finance for 60 months at 0.49 per cent interest for $433 per month including tax, which includes a $500 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 0.49 per cent interest for $316 per month including tax, which includes a $500 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 6AT

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Despite the SUV boom and Hyundai’s highly popular Santa Fe and Tucson models, the Elantra remains its best-selling vehicle. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine that outputs 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Highlights on the GLS trim include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, leather seating surfaces with heated front seats, a heated, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a 4.2-inch cluster display and push-button ignition. Active safety features on the GLS trim include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and a lane departure warning system with lane keep assist.

  • MSRP: $23,999
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $3,000 (as compared to $2,500 in June)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $250
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,845
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $22,594
  • Finance for 84 months at zero per cent interest for $344 per month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at zero per cent interest for $328 per month including tax, which includes a $600 manufacturer incentive (as compared to $400 in June) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier Sedan 6AT

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Now in its second generation, the Cruze is Chevrolet’s second-best-selling vehicle, after the Silverado pickup truck. Depending on the trim, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is available with two engine variants – a 1.4-litre, turbocharged gasoline engine and a 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel engine. The Premier trim features the former and outputs 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. torque. Highlights on the Premier trim include a seven-inch infotainment system, an available nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, leather-appointed seating with heated front seats, a rearview camera and a heated, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

  • MSRP: $24,295
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $1,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $750
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,083
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $24,628
  • Finance for 60 months at zero per cent interest for $454 per month including tax, which includes a $1,500 manufacturer incentive (as compared to $750 in June) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at zero per cent interest for $330 per month including tax, which includes a $3,000 manufacturer incentive (as compared to $1,750 in June) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Andrew Tai is CEO of Unhaggle. Follow on Twitter @ahytai

Manufacturer incentives and pricing calculations are based on Ontario customers and subject to availability of inventory. Dealer discounts shown are estimates for illustrative purposes only, may vary by region and are given at the discretion of individual dealers. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information above is accurate at the time of publication, pricing, incentives and discounts are subject to change or discontinuation at any time. Vehicle images may not represent the exact model featured in the pricing provided. Consult your local dealership for details.

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