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 December 2020 top-sellers listed below:
- Toyota Hilux
- Ford Ranger
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Prado
- Isuzu D-Max
- Toyota LandCruiser
- Mazda CX-5
- Hyundai i30
- Nissan X-Trail
#1 Toyota Hilux – 5,572 sales
Consolidating top spot again, the Toyota Hilux has consistently been the vehicle to beat, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists over the past year. Leaving the competition in its rear-view mirror, the Toyota Hilux has top spot well and truly sorted, with sales exceeding previous months, with over 5,500 units sold in December.
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 Rugged X, 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.
#2 Ford Ranger – 4,265 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 XLT, WildTrak and Raptor models for motorists to choose from. Including features such as 800mm water wading, 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 dual 4.2inch Cluster Screens behind the steering wheel are included on most models, with each range available in both petrol and diesel engines. Selling over 4,200 models in December, Ford’s flagship ute is proving to be a consistently popular option for motorists.
#3 Toyota RAV4 – 3,542 sales
Selling over 3,500 units selling in December, the Toyota RAV4 is available in GX, GXL, 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, with 2WD or AWD options additionally available, giving motorists plenty of options, regardless of where you do most of your driving.
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 are also now available in either a 2.0L or 2.5L petrol model, with a 2.2L turbo diesel engine additionally available if you’re looking to put your foot down.
#4 Toyota Corolla – 2,516 sales
For those after something a bit smaller, the Toyota Corolla seems to be the go-to option for many, with over 2,500 units sold throughout December. Available in multiple model types, including hatch, sedan and hybrid, Toyota Corolla models include the likes of the Ascent Sport, SX and ZR.
The latest models include 7 airbags for increased safety, a 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine – available in both manual and auto transmission– with Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety and Lane Departure Alert available across the range. If you’re looking for something extra, additional features include wireless phone charging, an 8-speaker JBL audio system as well as heated front seats to help make the most of your time behind the wheel.
#5 Toyota Prado – 2,500 sales
One of Toyota’s more popular vehicles, the Prado sold exactly 2,500 units in December. Available in a number of models, including the GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu, each with 4WD and a 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine, providing plenty of grunt.
With five and seven-seat options available for families, the Prado includes Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Adaptive Variable Suspension to make your journey comfortable, with the Kakadu model also coming with Multi-Terrain Select, ideal for those off-road weekend expeditions. With bullbars, weathershields, and roof racks also available as additional extras, the Prado would be a useful addition in any lifestyle.
#6 Isuzu D-Max – 2,409 sales
Known for its range of commercial trucks, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu has offered the flagship D-Max model since 2002, with its range divided primarily into the SX and LS range. Releasing the third-generation in September 2020, the D-Max sold just over 2,400 units in December, and looks to be a popular option for those looking for a new ute.
With Crew Cab, Space Cab and Single Cab varieties available, each model packs a 3.0L diesel engine under the hood, paired with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The latest generation D-Max also features more cabin space to help your passengers stretch out, with an infotainment unit compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to help keep you entertained during those long roadtrips. And if you’re taking gear with you, the D-Max comes with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity across all models, and a payload capacity of over 1,300kg, ideal for when you’re going away for a few days.
#7 Toyota LandCruiser – 2,235 sales
Another of the Japanese manufacturer’s large SUVs model on the list, the LandCruiser is a common sight out on the roads, owing to its 2,200 sales in December. Toyota’s longest running series model, the LandCruiser is a popular option for those who prefer to stick to the bitumen, or those who like to adventure off-road.
With a range that consists of GX, GXL, VX and Sahara models, the LandCruiser is available in 5, 7 or 8-seat models, giving you plenty of room for the family. Powered with a 4.6L V8 petrol or a 4.5L Turbo Diesel engine, the LandCruiser has plenty of grunt to get you where you need to go, along with a Multi-Terrain Select system to help the ride on the bumpiest of roads. With an Electro Multi Vision Screen also available on select models for all your tech and comfort needs, drivers can expect satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity as well as Rear Seat Entertainment systems to keep the kids happy on those long road trips.
#8 Mazda CX-5 – 2,060 sales
Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving is still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling more than 2,000 models for December. Available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and now the Akera models, the CX-5 provides plenty of comfort and safety for drivers, with 360° View Monitor, a 7inch LCD infotainment unit and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.
Now available with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine – capable of churning out 170kW of power – the Mazda CX-5 also contains i-ACTIV AWD, which utilises real time data from 27 different monitors to improve driver safety, regardless of the conditions. For those looking to put the foot down, a Kuroi Sports pack is additionally available for purchase, as is 19inch alloys and cargo illumination, to help personalise your ride.
#9 Hyundai i30 – 1,996 sales
Consistently a popular option for those after a smaller car, the i30 offers multiple models for drivers to test out, making it an ideal option for those looking for a hatchback or even a sedan. Selling just under 2,000 units in December, the i30 is helping to change the face of the Korean brand.
Available with petrol, diesel and turbo engines, the i30 range consists of the Active, Elite, N-Line, Fastback and N-Line Premium, with features such as dual zone climate control, LED daytime running lamps, wireless phone charging and Smart Sense safety functions available across the range. If you’re looking for something with a bit more grunt to it, the N-Line series may be the option for you, with an upgraded suspension system, active variable exhaust system and multiple driving modes all helping to make the drive more exciting.
#10 Nissan X-Trail – 1,822 sales
One of Nissan’s longest running and most popular car brands, the latest generation X-Trail is available in a variety of models, including the ST, ST-L, N-Sport and T range, with drivers able to choose between petrol or diesel models and 5 or 7-seater varieties.
Selling more than 1,800 units in December, the X-Trail includes features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, as well as a Divide-n-Hide flexible cargo system for when you need to load up for those big weekend trips. For creature comfort, the X-Trail comes equipped with a 7inch touchscreen infotainment unit with built-in sat-nav, hands-free Bluetooth and keyless entry, allowing you to keep up with a busy lifestyle while staying safe on the road.
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 or 4WDs, whereas those after a bit of adventure would be best suited going after a 4WD. 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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