Brian Harper: One doesn’t have to look that far back into the 21 st Century to find the time when it was compact sedans and hatchbacks that dominated Canada’s highways and byways, not the now seemingly ubiquitous crossover . The best ones — and there were many to choose from — sold in large numbers, often being the top-selling model for the manufacturer. These days, not so much . And with the Detroit Three giving up on the segment, it’s the Asian manufacturers — along with VW and its Jetta — that remain committed to the small, affordable cars that serve a variety of basic needs.
Honda’s Civic has held the title of Best Selling Car in this country for 23 years. Number two and three are Toyota’s Corolla and Hyundai’s Elantra, which are the subject of this