Buying a new car can be an exciting time, but with plenty of options on the market, it can quickly become a bit overwhelming. To help narrow down the search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report on the top-selling cars in Australia, showing which models are proving most popular on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling cars, with October 2023 top-sellers listed below:
- Ford Ranger
- Toyota Hilux
- Isuzu D-Max
- Toyota RAV4
- MG ZS
- Mazda CX-5
- Toyota Prado
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Ford Everest
- Hyundai Tucson
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#1 Ford Ranger – 6,215 sales
With a line-up that originally consisted of the Single Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab XL models, Ford expanded the range with the XL, XLS, XLT, WildTrak and Raptor models for motorists to choose from. Including features such as an 800mm wading depth, e-Locking Rear Differential and Hill Descent Control, the latest Ford Ranger models may be enough to get you excited for an outback adventure.
Additional features SYNC3 integration, Smart Keyless Entry and a 4.2inch Multi-Function Display are included on most models, with each range available in both petrol and diesel engines. Selling over 6,200 models in October, Ford’s flagship is stilling proving to be quite a popular vehicle for Aussie motorists to get behind the wheel of.
#2 Toyota Hilux – 5,766 sales
The Toyota Hilux has consistently been the vehicle to beat, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists over the past few years. The Toyota Hilux sold over 5,700 units in October, indicating that it’s still very much a leader in the Australian market.
Within the Hilux range, motorists have plenty to choose from, including the single-cab WorkMate, the four-door SR as well as the off-road capable Rogue and Rugged X models, with petrol and diesel varieties additionally available. If you’re looking to customise your new car, you won’t be disappointed with the Hilux, with plenty of extras available to suit the drive to work or your next weekend adventure, with trays, canopies, bull bars and comfortable seating all available for purchase.
#3 Isuzu D-Max – 3,198 sales
Known for its range of commercial trucks, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu UTE has offered the flagship D-MAX model since 2002, with its range divided primarily into the SX and LS range, with an X-Terrain model also available. Selling 3,100 units in October, Isuzu UTE is proving to be a popular option for those looking for a new ute.
With Crew Cab, Space Cab and Single Cab varieties available, most models pack a 3.0L diesel engine under the hood, with a turbocharger upgrade also available on select models. Coming with a 6speed automatic or manual transmission, the D-Max also has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity on select models, along with leather interior and an infotainment unit for driver and passenger comfort.
#4 Toyota RAV4 – 2,598 sales
Selling over 2,500 units in October, the Toyota RAV4 is available in GX, GXL, XSE, Cruiser and Edge varieties, giving motorists plenty of choices to get behind the wheel of. Drivers can also choose from a 6speed manual or 6speed automatic for the majority of the RAV4 range, with the Edge coming equipped with an 8speed auto transmission, with 2WD or AWD options – including electric AWD – additionally available on most models.
Available with Toyota’s Safety Sense – which includes features such as Pre-Collision Safety, Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitors – RAV4 models primarily come equipped with a 2.0L hybrid engine, while the Edge packs a 2.5L petrol engine under the hood, suitable if you’re looking to put your foot down.
#5 MG ZS – 2,537 sales
First launching in 2017, the MG ZS is a crossover SUV from SAIC Motor-owned MG, and currently only offers the Excite model, although previously offered the Excite Plus and Essence models for drivers to get behind the wheel of. Selling over 2,500 units in October, the ZS Excite includes features such as LED daytime running lights, an 8inch touchscreen infotainment unit and 17inch alloys, alongside rear parking sensors and EPS power steering.
The Excite is powered by a 1.5L engine and is front-wheel drive, and additionally comes equipped with synthetic leather trim, leather steering wheel, roof rails and a 6-speaker audio system for driver and passenger comfort while out on the road.
#6 Mazda CX-5 – 2,509 sales
#8 Mitsubishi Outlander – 2,238 sales
One of Mitsubishi’s more popular models, the Outlander sold under 2,200 units in October. Unveiling its fourth generation, the Outlander is available in either a 5-seater or 7-seater model, making it handy for motorists, regardless of how many you’re taking on a road trip.
Including Mitsubishi Motors Intuitive Technology – known as MiTEC – the Outlander includes safety features such as Blind Spot Warning and Lane Change Assist, along with Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control for an easier trip, regardless of where you’re going. The Outlander is also available in either 2WD or AWD, with an ES, LS, Aspire, Exceed and Exceed Tourer models on offer.
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#9 Ford Everest – 1,803 sales
First rolling off production lines in 2003, the Ford Everest is currently in its second generation, with the model selling over 1,800 units in October. Available as multiple models, including the Everest Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Titanium, with most models available as either a rear-wheel drive model or with 4WD capabilities.
The entry-level Ambiente features a 3.2L diesel engine, along with a 6-speed auto transmission, two USB ports, 8inch infotainment unit, 4.2inch instrument cluster, Sat Nav, 17inch alloy wheels and rear park assists, while the Titanium features a 2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine with a 10-speed transmission, capable of putting out 157kW of power.
#10 Hyundai Tucson – 1,762 sales
The flagship SUV model for the Korean brand, the Hyundai Tucson sold over 1,700 units in October, with a range that includes the Active, Active X, Elite and Highlander varieties for drivers to test out. With multiple engine types available across the Tucson range, drivers can opt for a 2WD or AWD model, with Hyundai additionally including Australian Tuned Suspension to suit the typical Aussie road trip.
With a Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) for increased road safety, the Tucson range also includes LED headlamps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as Bluetooth connectivity, with the top of the line models available with a panoramic glass sunroof and heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings. Additional features include water resistant seat covers, bike racks and a portable cooler for when you need to keep chilled drinks close at hand.
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Which new car should I buy?
While seeing what other people have bought may be a good starting place if you’re in the market for a new car, buying a car will be unique to your situation, as well as your preferences. Those with a family may be more inclined to look at SUVs, whereas those after a bit of adventure would be best suited going after one of the many 4WDs on offer. On the other hand, the small car segment is also booming if you’re driving needs are a little more straight-forward and city-based, with utes proving to be a popular option for many motorists as well.
As with any big decision, it’s best to do your research before you step into a dealership, as factors such as fuel economy, safety, technology and extras may all sway your final decision, with each brand and car usually available in a variety of models. Comparing new cars may be time-consuming, but will have been worth it when you get behind the wheel of your dream car, knowing you got a good deal.
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