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 2018 top-sellers listed below:
1st – Toyota Hilux
2nd – Ford Ranger
3rd – Toyota Corolla
4th – Mazda3
5th – Isuzu D-Max
6th – Mitsubishi Triton
7th – Mazda CX-5
8th – Hyundai i30
9th – Toyota RAV4
10th – Nissan X-Trail
#1 – Toyota Hilux – 3,871 sales
Selling over 3,800 units in December, the Toyota Hilux easily consolidated top spot, selling over 1,000 more units than its closest competition, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists. While selling over 500 more models than its closest competition, this is the first time in recent months that the Japanese brand has dipped under 4,000 sales a month.
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 – 3,365 sales
With a line-up that already consists of models such as the Single Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab XL, Ford looks to expand its range in 2019, with the XLT, WildTrak and Raptor all set to be released on Aussie roads. 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 such as 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 under 3,400 models in December, the Ford Ranger may be one to watch in 2019.
#3 – Toyota Corolla – 2,311 sales
For those after something a bit smaller, the Toyota Corolla seems to be the go-to option for many, with over 2,300 units sold in December. Available in multiple model types, including hatch, sedan and hybrid, Toyota will soon be introducing new models, including 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.
#4 – Mazda3 – 2,285 sales
Available in both hatch and sedan models, the Mazda3 sold just under 2,300 models in December, indicating that the Japanese brand is a popular option for many Aussies. With an updated design package slated for the latest 2019 model (as shown in the video), drivers may be swayed by the new aesthetic.
With a range that includes the Neo Sport, Touring, SP25 and Maxx Sport models, the Mazda 3 includes features such as a reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support and an Active Driving Display, allowing for increased safety in those tight city streets. Other handy features include a G-Vectoring Control to help driving comfort and handling, with extras such as 18inch alloys and a roof rack also available for purchase.
#5– Isuzu D-Max – 2,184 sales
Coming from just outside the top ten in November, the Isuzu D-Max has jumped up to fifth for December sales, selling just under 2,200 models. Known for its range of commercial trucks, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu has offered the flagship D-Max model since 2002, with its range today consisting of Crew Cab, Space Cab and Single Cab varieties, as well as 4×4 and 4×2 models.
Divided into the SX and LS range, each model packs a 3.0L diesel engine, with some models additionally coming with a turbocharger for those looking for a big more grunt under the hood. Available with a 6speed automatic or manual transmission, the D-Max also has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity on select models, making it handy option for those looking to get away for the weekend. With off-roading abilities and comforts such as a leather interior and an infotainment unit, the D-Max has enough specs for both work and play.
#6 – Mitsubishi Triton – 2,000 sales
Mitsubishi’s primary utility option, the Triton has been a staple within the Japanese brand’s line-up, with the model proving a popular option amongst Aussie drivers, selling 2,000 units in December. With 4×2 and 4×4 models available, the Triton is primarily available in the GLX, GLX+ and GLS varieties, with the Blackline and Exceed pick up models also available.
Interior features such as the Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system, heated seats, rear diff lock and electrochromatic rear view mirror allow for both increased comfort and safety, while externally drivers can add larger wheels and rims, bull bars and sports bars to suit personal tastes and needs.
#7 – Mazda CX-5 – 1,990 sales
Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving it still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling slightly under 2,000 models in 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 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.
#8 – Hyundai i30 – 1,772 sales
Consistently one of Australia’s most popular models, the Hyundai i30 offers a number of models for drivers to test out, making it an ideal option for those looking for a hatchback. Selling just under 1,800 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 Go, Active, Elite, Premium, SR and SR 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 i30N 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.
#9 – Toyota RAV4 – 1,729
Selling over 1,700 units in December, the Toyota RAV4 seems to be the pick of Toyota’s SUV range, with the popular model available in GX, GXL and Cruiser varieties. 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 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.
#10 – Nissan X-Trail – 1,661 sales
One of Nissan’s longest running models, 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 over 1,600 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 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.
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.