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What are the most popular cars in Australia? We reveal Aussies’ favourite models for 2021

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Australians bought more cars in 2021 than they did in 2020 – we reveal their top twenty favourites


Dual cab utes, hatchbacks and SUVs all hit their mark with Australian buyers for 2021 but the overall winner is unlikely to shock you.

The most popular car for Australian buyers in 2021 was the Toyota Hilux ute, selling a total of 52,801 examples over the 12 month period, continuing to perpetuate the accurate stereotype that Aussies love their utes. 

Coming in close behind was the mighty Ford Ranger, which sold 50,279 units in 2021. For the last three months, however, the Ranger was the number one selling vehicle in Australia despite the Hilux ultimately taking out the top gong. 

Toyota HiLux 2021 pair
The Hilux was the most popular model in Australia for 2021

Next up, Toyota continued its reign with the RAV4 and Corolla, both of which sold 35,751 and 28,768 cars respectively – a trend unlikely to change with the new 2022 RAV4 just about to hit Australian showrooms. 

Not far behind the Corolla is the Hyundai i30 which sold well in 2021, shifting 25,575 units out of showrooms, helped likely by the popularity of the N-branded variants. 

Close to the Hyundai i30 was the Isuzu D-Max, which received a facelift and much needed safety technology this year. It sold 25,117 cars. 

Ford Ranger FX4 2021
The Ford Ranger narrowly missed out on the top spot as Australia’s best selling car

Next up in the top ten were the Mazda CX-5 midsize SUV (24,968 units) and larger Toyota Prado (21,299 units). The Mitsubishi Triton dual cab sold 19,232 units while the MG ZS, the relative newcomer to these mainstays, sold a remarkable 18,423 cars. 

Interestingly, the top 20 cars included six dual cab utes and eight four-wheel drive models, showing the popularity of these types of vehicles in the market. 

Relative newcomers to the space like the MG ZS have done remarkably well to position themselves within the top 20 best selling cars – largely due to their competitive pricing. 

Toyota RAV4 US 2022 rear 3/4
The RAV4 did very well for 2021 – and a new model is on its way in February 2022

Toyota was the highest selling brand for 2021, selling 223,642 examples which resulted in a 21.3 percent overall market share. 

The next closest competitor was Mazda who could only manage less than half the amount of cars sold by Toyota (101,119) and gained a market share of just 9.6 percent.

Hyundai followed behind selling a respectable 72,872 cars, beating Ford who finished off the year with 71,380 sales. 

Top 20 best-selling cars in Australia – 2021 

  1. Toyota Hilux – 52,801
  2. Ford Ranger – 50,279
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 35,751
  4. Toyota Corolla – 28,768
  5. Hyundai i30 – 25,575
  6. Isuzu D-Max – 25,117
  7. Mazda CX-5 – 24,968
  8. Toyota Prado – 21,299
  9. Mitsubishi Triton – 19,232
  10. MG ZS – 18,423
  11. Kia Cerato – 18,114
  12. Mazda BT-50 – 15,662
  13. Nissan Navara – 15,113
  14. Mitsubishi ASX – 14,764
  15. Mitsubishi Outlander – 14,572
  16. Toyota Land Cruiser – 14,356
  17. Hyundai Tucson – 14,194
  18. Mazda 3 – 14,126
  19. Nissan X-Trail – 13,860
  20. MG MG3 – 13,774