8. Toyota Matrix
The Matrix is a compact five-door hatchback built on the Corolla platform at Cambridge, alongside the Corolla and the Lexus RX 350. The overwhelming majority of Matrix models, once also offered as the Pontiac Vibe, are sold in Canada. We bought 14,895 of them last year, putting the Matrix in eighth place on our top-10 list.
According to our friend and spy-shot partner Brenda Priddy, an all-new Corolla-based hatchback due out for 2014 has been spotted testing at Toyota's desert proving grounds in Arizona. Priddy reports that the hatchback is expected to feature, 'an EcoBoost-type engine, optional six-speed automatic transmission and hybrid offerings.' The car pictured here is the Toyota Auris, the Matrix's European cousin.
7. Ford Edge
The mid-sized Edge is one of my favourite crossovers and it's the first model from a traditional domestic model on our list, ranking seventh. Built in Oakville, Ont., the Edge drew 15,633 Canadian buyers in 2011. Its sibling the Lincoln MKX, also built there, found homes in 4,595 driveways.
Redesigned for 2011, and updated this year with a new fuel-efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct-injected EcoBoost four-cylinder. This is the same motor that can be found in the Range Rover Evoque, Ford Explorer, and the new high-performance Focus ST. With more torque (270 lb.-ft.) than the standard V6, the Edge EcoBoost is able to deliver the fuel economy buyers want without sacrificing performance.