The vehicle industry in Australia has experienced huge changes in the last few years, most importantly with SUV sales continuing to overtake passenger cars and the growth of dual-cab UTEs use as family transport.

That change in buying habits and an eye for value has had an effect on the list of top most popular vehicles in 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018.

Here is a list of cars that Australians were liking the most in 2019

Toyota Hilux (Hilux SR5 4WD Double Cab)

Toyota’s benchmark ute has spent the entire year as the number one nameplate in Australia, one of the few to see an increase in sales compared to the same in 2018. A big part of this is because of the resurgence of the Australian mining industry.

Ford Ranger (Ranger XLT 3.2L 4WD Double Cab)

Ranger sales have dropped this year, however, it still makes up more than half of Ford Australia’s sales volume, with plenty of daylight between it, the Mustang and Everest, which each experienced 1303 sales up till the end of March. Good to drive; great off-road; advanced safety options

Mazda 3 – (Mazda 3 Maxx Sport)

The all-new and revolutionary Mazda 3 was also launched, but this hasn’t stopped the current model enjoying a renaissance that has seen it outsell its old foe the Toyota Corolla to be Australia’s best-selling passenger car.

The aging Mazda 3 still stands up well, better than most of its rivals which makes it a great buy if you can snap up a good run-out deal

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Mitsubishi Triton – (Triton GLS 4×4 Double Cab)

Mitsubishi’s family-friendly ute has also seen a spear in sales last year thanks to a facelift that has brought sharp looks and additional standard safety features across its Double Cab range, including autonomous emergency braking.

Mazda CX-5 (CX-5 2.5L Touring AWD)

Mazda’s medium SUV remains Australia’s biggest-selling SUV in 2019, despite occasionally being beaten for monthly sales by the Mitsubishi ASX. Attractive styling, a comfy cabin, a good spread of standard features, and a wide choice of powertrains are just some of the reasons for its enduring popularity.

Toyota Corolla – (Corolla SX 2.0-litre hatchback)

It wasn’t too long ago when Corolla was celebrating several consecutive years as Australia’s number one vehicle. Even when overtaken by Hilux and Ranger it remained the number one passenger car but has seen a significant drop in sales since the new model arrived last year.

This is a much better car to drive than the previous model but could be suffering from a higher entry-level price and small boot space, as well as the overall drop in passenger car sales.

Mitsubishi ASX (ASX ES ADAS FWD)

One of the oldest models on sale in Australia is the ASX small SUV which has enjoyed a resurgence in the past year, with regular upgrades and consistent sharp pricing giving it plenty of showroom appeal for people looking for a cheap and cheerful new SUV.

Toyota Landcruiser (Landcruiser GXL 4X4)

It’s worth noting the above number includes both the big 200 Series wagon which makes up 2198 of the numbers and the 70 Series range of 4×4 utes and wagons.

Like the Hilux, the Landcruiser nameplate benefits from having a heap of variants, unbreakable image, excellent off-road capability, and huge fleet sales.

Mitsubishi Outlander (Outlander LS 7 Seat)

Like the Triton and ASX, the Outlander has also seen a decent jump in sales in the past year, which has made Mitsubishi one of the few brands to be in the positive growth territory following the drop in overall vehicle sales.

And like the ASX, the Outlander has also done well through a combination of a recent facelift, equipment upgrades, and affordable pricing too.