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 February 2019 top-sellers listed below:
- 1st Toyota Hilux
- 2nd Ford Ranger
- 3rd Mitsubishi Triton
- 4th Mazda3
- 5th Mazda CX-5
- 6th Mitsubishi ASX
- 7th Toyota Corolla
- 8th Hyundai i30
- 9th Toyota Land Cruiser
- 10th Toyota RAV4
#1 Toyota Hilux – 4,431 sales
Jumping up over 4,000 units in February, the Toyota Hilux again consolidated top spot, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists. Outselling its closest competition by over 1,000 units, the Toyota Hilux has top spot well and truly consolidated.
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 – 3,377 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 over 3,300 models in February, many seem to have their eye on the Ford Ranger.
#3 Mitsubishi Triton – 3,155 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 over 3,100 units in February. 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.
#4 Mazda3 – 2,655 sales
Available in both hatch and sedan models, the Mazda3 sold over 2,600 models in February, 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 Mazda CX-5 – 2,357 sales
Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving it still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling slightly over 2,300 models for February. 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.
#6 Mitsubishi ASX – 2,122 sales
Improving on its January sales, the Mitsubishi ASX adds plenty to the competitive SUV market, selling over 2,100 units in February. Coming equipped with 18inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, a panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and LED mood lighting, the ASX makes each drive an experience.
The ASX also comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which is connected to a 7inch infotainment touch screen, capable of making and receiving phone calls, sorting out your music as well as a variety of other creature comforts. The interior also includes heated seats, steering wheel controls in addition to adjustable seats to help pack away those weekend camping essentials.
#7 Toyota Corolla – 2,070 sales
For those after something a bit smaller, the Toyota Corolla seems to be the go-to option for many, with over 2,000 units sold in February. 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.
#8 Hyundai i30 – 1,929 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 new hatchback. Selling just over 1,900 units in February, 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 Land Cruiser – 1,804 sales
Jumping into the top ten selling cars of February, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a common sight out on the roads, owing to its 1,800 sales in February. Toyota’s longest running series model, the Land Cruiser 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 the GX, GXL, VX and Sahara models, the Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser 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.
#10 Toyota RAV4 – 1,639 sales
Selling just over 1,600 units in February, 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.
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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 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.