At first glance, the driving situation in Canada may seem pretty similar to the United States. Our cultures are very similar and our countries share a lot of the same landscape and terrain when it comes to driving, at least near the borders between us. But Canadian driving presents its own set of challenges that a lot of Americans will never face. Some Americans have probably never seen a snow tire, but you know you need them in Canada and you even get a break on your insurance for having them installed. You know those salt trucks aren't hitting the road for at least a day after a big snow so you'll be needing some good grip if you head out to drive ... and that's just city driving. We have long stretches of country road in Canada, and that means you want a reliable car that's good on gas and can handle things if they get a little rough. Whether you're dodging deer or potholes or just gridlock on the 401, some cars are going to do the job better than others. Think you can guess which cars Canadians have picked to be up to the task? One way to find out! Take the quiz!
The Chevy Silverado is nearly identical to which best-seller?
Chevy and GMC make complementary models all the time, which is why the GMC Sierra is nearly identical to the Chevy Silverado. That's likely why the Silverado and the Sierra are nearly neck and neck for sales in Canada. The Silverado was ahead in 2018 but the Sierra was ahead in 2019
This heavy duty truck is made in Oshawa, Ontario as well as Flint, Michigan. What is it?
Chevy Silverado has been sold since 1998 and is the Chevy competitor for the Ford F-Series of trucks. Between 40,000 and 52,000 Silverados per year are sold in Canada and over 12 million have been sold since they were introduced to the market.
Volkswagen has been selling the Golf since 1974 so this car has driven around a few blocks. When it was first dropped on North American drivers, Volkswagen called it the Rabbit rather than the Golf, arguably because no one cared about golf in 1974.
Which of these vehicles is assembled in Oakville, Ontario?
The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover that has been in North America since 2007 and in Europe since 2016. In 2018, the company introduced the Edge to New Zealand and Australia, but Down Under they call it the Ford Endura
Which of these was the first car model that featured SkyActiv Technology?
The Mazda CX-5 has been around since 2012 and was not just the first car that uses SkyAciv to increase fuel efficiency, it was also the first Mazda to feature what it calls "KODO; Soul of Motion" design language which is just a way of designing the aesthetics of the car
Over 15,000 of which of these were sold in Canada in 2019?
Sometimes you forget that a lot of the vehicles bought and sold each year have to be working vehicles, which is where the Ford Transit fits in. It's used as a delivery and cargo vehicle and clearly is pretty popular with numerous companies.
In South Korea, which of these is called the Avante?
The Hyundai Elantra sells in the high 30,000s year over year in Canada. Hyundai is based in South Korea, and in that country, they call it the Avante while in Australia and some European nations it was just called the Lantra at its introduction.
Chrysler Voyager is the name of which of these vehicles in Europe?
Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan has been sold since 1984 and is still one of Canada's most popular models, with between 25,000 and 30,000 sold per year. They're also Canadian made, assembled at the plant in Windsor, Ontario.
Canadians bought over 13,000 of these in 2018. What is it?
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around since 1992, the mid-size SUV counterpart to the smaller Jeep Cherokee. Their popularity in Canada has gone up since 2018 and they've sold about 5,000 more units in 2019.
Trendline, Comfortline and Highline are all trim packages for what vehicles?
The Volkswagen Tiguan gets its name from the German words for tiger and iguana, which are "tiger" and "leguan." What this car has to do with tigers and iguanas is anyone's guess, but it's still a fun name.
This vehicle comes in electric and non-electric versons. What is it?
The Hyundai Kona has only been around since 2017 while the EV version showed up a year later. The Kona was also labeled the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. The electric version has a range of 290 miles, as well.
Over 21,000 of which of these vehicles were sold in Canada in 2019?
Ram ProMaster City
Jeep introduced the Wrangler for the 1987 production year. Up until 1985, Jeep Wranglers were actually assembled in Canada at the Brampton plant, after which production moved to Toledo, Ohio. Currently, the Brampton plant makes Dodge Chargers and Challengers.
Over 40 million of these cars have been sold worldwide in their history. What is it?
The top-selling car in the world, the Toyota Corolla does pretty well in Canada, too. About 45,000 Corollas a year for the last couple of years have been sold. Around the world, there have been a number of versions sold including the Corolla Verso, the Corolla Rumion, and the Corolla Spacio.
The Japanese version of which car is called the Axela?
Mazda introduced the 3 in 2003 and also busted out a performance version called the Mazdaspeed3, which is the first hatchback the company has made since the 1990s. Canadians bought 25,000 Mazda3s in 2018.
This Canadian best-seller is the best-selling model from its maker in the United States as well. What is it?
Dodge Grand Caravan
The Nissan Rogue is the US and Canadian version of the X-Trail which is sold in Europe and Japan. Since 2017, a hybrid model of the Rogue has also been available and that same year Nissan also released a "Star Wars" edition to coincide with the release of "Rogue One."
Do you know which vehicle has been in production since 2014?
Jeep has been making the Cherokee for nearly 50 years. Nearly 22,000 Jeep Cherokees were sold in 2018, though the numbers have dropped a bit in 2019. The Cherokee was actually a variant of the Wagoneer when it first appeared.
Volkswagen seems to have had a hard time naming the Jetta, since the company has called the Jetta numerous different things including the Atlantic, Bora, Vento, GLI, Sagitar, Clasico, City Jetta, Jetta City and then just plain old Jetta.
The Juke was replaced by which of these vehicles in 2018?
The Nissan Kicks replaced the Juke in North America in 2018. It was first unveiled at the São Paulo International Motor Show as it's a very South American-inspired vehicle which Nissan says was actually inspired by the streets of Brazil.
Ingersoll Ontario is where which of these vehicles is assembled?
The Chevy Equinox is sold as the Holden Equinox in Australia, and the first generation was also sold as the Pontiac Torrent until 2009. You can also get an Equinox as an electric vehicle and with hydrogen fuel cells.
Do you know which model is a favorite for being modified by tuners and import racers?
Honda introduced the Civic in 1972 and it's been one of the company's most popular models ever since. It was the third best-selling vehicle in Canada in 2018 and nearly neck and neck with the Rav4 in 2019 for sales as well.
The Toyota Sienna is named for the city of Siena in Italy, which is weird because they're assembled in America and designed in Japan so the Italian connection is a bit tenuous. As of 2019, the Sienna is recognized as being the longest-kept minivan on the market.
Do you know which mid-range utility vehicle was first available to Canadians in 1997?
Honda has sold over 50,000 CR-Vs per year in Canada for the past couple of years. According to the official word from Honda itself, CR-V stands for "comfortable runabout vehicle" but at the same time Honda has published articles in which it means "compact recreational vehicle."
Do you know which vehicle is called the Shuma in China?
The Kia Forte is sold under a number of different names around the world. China calls it the Shuma, while it's simply the K3 in South Korea and the Cerato in South America and the Cerato Forte in a couple of countries as well.
Pierce Brosnan was in a Super Bowl commercial for which of these?
In 2014, Kia worked out a special deal with 20th Century Fox to create a Wolverine-themed Sorento to promote the movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Weirdly enough, it was used in videos that debuted at the Australian Open featuring X-Men saving tennis players from Sentinels.
Motor Trend called this the SUV of the Year in 2009 and 2014. What is it?
Subaru started making the Forester in 1997. In 2014 Subaru started offering something called "EyeSight Driver Assist" which uses external cameras for collision prevention, adaptive cruise control and lane departure and sway warning.
Motor Trend named which of these Truck of the Year in 2005?
The Toyota Tacoma sells between 11,000 and 13,000 units a year in Canada which keeps it in the top 40 sellers. In 2015, Toyota showed off a "Back to the Future" concept Tacoma to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie.
Hands down, what one vehicle far outsold any other in Canada in all of 2018 and 2019?
Ford's F-Series of trucks aren't just Canadian best-sellers, they're the best-selling vehicle in North America and have been for many years. In 2018, Canadians bought over 137,000 of them and in 2019 it was over 139,000. Canadians really love their trucks.
Do you know which of these is based on the Mazda Bongo platform?
The Kia Sportage has been available since 1993. The Sportage is Kia's best-selling model worldwide, but most of those sales come from the US as there are actually a number of other Kia models that do really well in Canada.
In some parts of the world, which vehicle is called the Kluger?
The Toyota Highlander sells around 13,000 units in Canada every year. In Japan and Australia, it's not called the Highlander because Hyundai sells a vehicle with a Highlander trim line in those countries, so Toyota opted for Kluger instead.
Which of these is rebadged as a Daihatsu Altis in Japan?
The Camry is one of Toyota's most long-lived and popular models, and it's been in production since 1982. From 1997 to 2016 the Camry was actually the best-selling passenger car in the United States as well.
Canadians bought nearly 73,000 of which of these vehicles in 2018?
Jeep Grand Cherokee
RAM is the second best-selling vehicle in Canada and did even better in 2019 than in 2018, with over 10,000 more of them sold to end the decade. RAM pickups have been on the market since back in 1981 and have been Motor Trend's Truck of the Year six different times.
Which of these vehicles is considered the first compact crossover SUV?
Toyota Rav 4
Toyota started making the Rav 4 back in 1994 and it hit Canada in 1996. Its popularity in Canada is increasing pretty steadily, and about 10,000 more of them were sold in 2019 than in 2018. That could be in part because a hybrid model because available in March of 2019.
Do you know which of these is assembled in Ingersoll, Ontario?
The GMC Terrain has been in production since 2010. It actually replaced the Pontac Torrent at dealerships until GM decided to completely drop the Pontiac name altogether, which is why you don't see any Pontiacs around anymore.
Between 2006 and 2013, the maker stopped producing which of these vehicles?
The Honda HR-V has been produced in two runs with a 7-year gap between them. HR-V, in case you're wondering, stands for "Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle." That name is kind of confusing but all you need to know is that it's an SUV.
Chevy has used the name Blazer in one form or another for years. The K5 Blazer was a pickup truck that dates back to the 1960s and the S-10 Blazer was a truck in the '80s. The latest version, the crossover SUV, sold over 15,000 units in 2019.
This vehicle was its manufacturer's first SUV. What is it?
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been around since the year 2000 and sold about 22,000 units in Canada in 2018. It's actually been such a success for Hyundai that the company hasn't always been able to keep up with demand.
Which crossover has been on the market since 2005?
The Hyundai Tucson is sold all around the world and uses the same name in every market. They're assembled in plants in Egypt, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, India and South Korea among others. Nearly 30,000 a year are sold in Canada.
Which of these cars was made as part of a joint effort with Mazda?
Ford and Mazda got together to create the Ford Escape. Mazda sold its version in Japan as the Mazda Tribute. In Canada they're selling between 36,000 and 41,000 of them a year. The two vehicles have the same underpinnings but don't actually look exactly the same.