23% of the new vehicles sold in Canada in 2017 are body-on-frame trucks and SUVs – we rank them all by sales through the end of November
#25: Lexus GX
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -6% to 475 – In a uniquely styled, de-powered, and less premium form, you’d know it as a Toyota 4Runner. The Lexus GX460 has never proven particularly popular in Canada thanks in part to the overwhelming success of another Lexus utility vehicle, the distinctly more car-like Lexus RX. The RX is one of Canada’s most popular premium utility vehicles, selling 18 times more frequently than the GX.
#24: Lincoln Navigator
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -11% to 554 – Replaced for 2018 by a fourth-generation model, the outgoing model is presently about half as popular as the Lincoln Navigator was a dozen years ago. Prime competition was once limited to the Cadillac Escalade, but vehicles such as the Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX570 easily overshadow the current Navigator.
#23: Mercedes-Benz G-Class
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +41% to 586 – A long-running German military vehicle lacking the refinement, predictability, and stability you expect from a Mercedes-Benz? The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is none of those things, but it is nevertheless hugely desirable. Demand continues to surge. 586 copies of the Geländewagen have been sold already in 2017. Mercedes-Benz Canada averaged only 261 annual G-Class sales over the last half decade.
#22: Toyota Sequoia
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +4% to 674 – Not replaced by an all-new model since 2008, the second-generation Toyota Sequoia is enjoying a mild Canadian sales uptick in 2017. But compared with, for instance, 2010, Sequoia sales are 18 percent lower now. Meanwhile, competitors have surged. The Chevrolet Tahoe, on the other hand, has doubled its volume since 2010.
#21: Infiniti QX80
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -15% to 832 – The upmarket version of Nissan’s increasingly popular Armada is the Infiniti QX80, formerly known as the Infiniti QX56. A competitor for the Cadillac Escalade, QX80 volume rose to the highest level ever last year. 2017 is already the biggest Infiniti’s second-best year ever.
#20: Lexus LX
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +22% to 859 – Long deemed too costly to be of any recognizable popularity, the third-generation Lexus LX570 will attract more than 900 Canadian buyers in 2017. Keep in mind, the Lexus LX didn’t produce 900 total sales between 2004 and 2009, a six-year span. The LX, essentially an especially premium version of the Toyota Land Cruiser that isn’t sold in Canada’s Toyota showrooms, has a base price of more than $109,000.
#19: Nissan Armada
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +65% to 1,043 – The first Nissan Armada lingered far too long, stretching from 2004 through 2016, and was never sufficiently competitive. The latest Nissan Armada, in only the first 11 months of 2017, has already produced far more Canadian sales than the first Armada ever did in an entire calendar year. Nissan Canada averaged fewer than 600 annual Armada sales over the last five years.
#18: Chevrolet Suburban
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -2% to 1,942 – In the midst of the latest recession, in the doldrums of 2009, it was hard for many to imagine a future for one of the biggest and boldest body-on-frame behemoths on the market. Yet the Chevrolet Suburban is on track in 2017 to attract more than 2,000 Canadian buyers for a second consecutive year. Barely more than 1,000 were sold in 2009; fewer than 1,000 as recently as 2014.
#17: GMC Yukon XL
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +5% to 2,546 – A twin of the Chevrolet Suburban, the GMC Yukon XL pairs with the Bowtie brute to produce 4,488 sales in the first 11 months of 2017. That’s enough for the pair, if combined, to rank 12th on this list. Their short-wheelbase siblings and Cadillac Escalade platform partners produced another 8,770 sales for General Motors in the same period.
#16: Cadillac Escalade
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +15% to 2,676 – Combining both the Cadillac Escalade and its long-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade ESV sibling, the 2,676 total sales equal more than one-fifth of Cadillac’s total Canadian volume. Cadillac relies on another utility vehicle, the unibody XT5, for another half of the brand’s sales.
#15: Chevrolet Tahoe
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -1% to 2,884 – Although Canadian sales of full-size, truck-based SUVs are on the rise, Chevrolet Tahoe volume is flat in 2017. Regardless, it’s not the most consequential sector in Canada. The Tahoe is the top-selling vehicle in its category in the United States, where Tahoe sales are 31 times stronger than in Canada.
#14: Ford Expedition
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -9% to 2,996 – Replaced for the 2018 model year by an all-new model for the first time since 2007, the Ford Expedition is expected to be a much more competitive vehicle in a specific body-on-frame segment that’s largely controlled by General Motors’ Yukon, Tahoe, Yukon XL, and Suburban. Including both long and short-wheelbase versions, the Expedition owns 20 percent of the category in 2017; GM owns 69 percent.
#13: GMC Yukon
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 3,210 – The best-selling full-size SUV in Canada is short-wheelbase version of the 17th-ranked GMC Yukon XL and a twin of 15th-ranked Chevrolet Tahoe. Available across a wide price spectrum, up to and including the Denali version, the GMC Yukon is selling more than twice as often as it did just two years ago.
#12: Nissan Frontier
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +2% to 3,998 – Only one pickup truck is selling less often in Canada than the Nissan Frontier. That truck is the Honda Ridgeline, which unlike every other truck on the market is not a traditional body-on-frame vehicle. Yet Frontier sales ticked up slightly throughout much of 2017 and are on track to set an all-time Canadian sales record this year.
#11: Nissan Titan
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +122% to 5,335 – Often a forgotten member of the full-size truck fleet during the first-generation’s tenure, the new Nissan Titan has made much greater headway in attracting Canadian pickup buyers. Titan market share has more than doubled since last year, and Nissan Canada has sold 2,932 more Titans during the first 11 months of 2017 than during the same period one year ago.
#10: GMC Canyon
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +1% to 5,889 – Although not by any stretch one of Canada’s most popular pickup trucks, the GMC Canyon is one half of an equation that makes General Motors the top seller of midsize pickups in Canada. More than four in ten midsize trucks sold over the first 11 months of 2017 were GMC Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados.
#9: Toyota 4Runner
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 7,307 – Ranked second in terms of Canadian body-on-frame SUV sales, the Toyota 4Runner has enjoyed surging popularity since the recession caused 4Runner sales to plummet. 4Runner sales more than doubled between 2013 and 2016, the best year in the nameplate’s history. Yet 4Runner sales in 2017 are 18 percent ahead of last year’s record pace.
#8: Chevrolet Colorado
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +20% to 7,536 – With a diesel engine option available in only one other midsize pickup truck, the Colorado’s GMC Canyon twin, and a couple of bodystyle options to go along with multiple trim levels, two engine choices, and even a new off-road-oriented ZR2 model, the Chevrolet Colorado is justifiably 20 percent more popular this year than it was in 2016. In fact, 2017 is on track to be the best year for Canadian Colorado sales ever.
#7: Toyota Tundra
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -16% to 8,774 – A decade removed from the launch of its last redesign, the second-generation Toyota Tundra must do battle against vehicles that have been reengineered, refreshed, and restyled multiple times since. Against its key competitors, the Toyota Tundra largely fails to do so. And in a market that’s seen full-size pickup truck sales rise 15 percent this year, Toyota Tundra sales are 16-percent lower this year than last.
#6: Toyota Tacoma
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -1% to 11,511 – While not the most refined, the most efficient, or most spacious, the Toyota Tacoma is the most popular of Canada’s five available midsize trucks. In other words, among pickup trucks that aren’t full-size pickup trucks, no pickup truck sells more often in Canada than the Toyota Tacoma. Tacoma sales climbed to a record level in 2016 but are off that pace by 157 units through the first 11 months of 2017.
#5: Jeep Wrangler
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -8% to 16,249 – Replaced for 2018 by the first all-new Wrangler in a decade, the outgoing Jeep Wrangler has, not unpredictably, seen Canadian volume decline steadily over the last three years. Nevertheless, even in 2017, the Wrangler’s third year of decline since reaching a record high in 2014, Jeep is still selling more than three times as many Wranglers in Canada now than before the current Wrangler went on sale.
#4: Chevrolet Silverado
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +30% to 55,306 – After one of the most successful years ever for the Chevrolet Silverado in 2016, Canadian sales of the Bowtie brand’s most popular model have surged forward at a 30-percent clip in 2017, generating nearly 1,200 more sales every month this year than the Silverado did in 2016. As the lower volume half of a vitally important duet, the Silverado joins the third-ranked body-on-frame vehicle in generating 113,377 sales so far this year.
#3: GMC Sierra
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +20% to 58,071 – The best-selling vehicle at General Motors’ Canadian division is this GMC Sierra, the third-best-selling body-on-frame vehicle in Canada. GMC has never at any point in the past sold this many Sierras in any calendar year. Yet 2017 isn’t done yet.
#2: Ram P/U
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +12% to 93,192 – With a month of sales reporting remaining, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian entity has already reported more Ram P/U sales in 2017 than even the record year of 2015, when 91,195 Rams were reported sold. Only one vehicle line, the Ford F-Series, has ever reported more than 100,000 vehicle sales in Canada in one year. The Ram truck range is poised in 2017 to become the second vehicle line to do so.
#1: Ford F-Series
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +8% to 146,175 – Having already cruised past the previous record Ford F-Series sales performance of 145,409 sales set just last year, the Ford F-Series is on its way to attracting more than 150,000 sales in 2017. The F-Series lineup accounts for half of Ford Motor Company’s Canadian sales and outsells Ford’s car division by more than four to one.
While the Ford Crown Victoria’s Panther platform represented the end of body-on-frame passenger car production in North America, vehicles designed with a full frame – as opposed to the unibody architecture we’re accustomed to seeing — remain common in North America. In fact, they’re remarkably common, though none of them are cars.
Body-on-frame SUVs are far from extinguished, while full frame pickup trucks rank form one of the largest new vehicle sectors in the country, claiming more than one out of every five new vehicle sales. We rank all body-on-frame vehicle sales in Canada through the first 11 months of 2017.