Utility vehicle sales jumped 15 percent in Canada in 2014 with the Ford Escape leading the way. For 2015's best-selling SUVs, click here.
#25: Acura RDX
- 2014 Sales: up 7.3% to 6557 – The RDX made its way onto this list by outselling the 26th-ranked SUV/CUV by a narrow 285-unit margin. That 26th-ranked vehicle? It’s the RDX’s big brother, the three-row MDX, sales of which rose 3% to 6272 units in 2014. Together, they generated two-thirds of Acura’s volume in 2014.
#24: Mitsubishi RVR
- 2014 Sales: down 13.8% to 6594 – Although Mitsubishi reported record Canadian sales in 2014, most of their products, including their second-best-selling RVR, recorded declining year-over-year volume. The brand’s increase boiled down to a slight Outlander improvement and a full year of sales for the entry-level Mirage subcompact. Exclude the Mirage from the equation – it wasn’t on sale for much of 2013 – and Mitsubishi sales slid 9% in 2014. The RVR produced 29% of Mitsubishi Canada sales.
#23: Audi Q5
- 2014 Sales: up 4.2% to 7862 – For much of 2014, the Q5 was Canada’s top-selling premium brand utility vehicle. Q5 sales growth slowed somewhat toward the end of the year – fourth-quarter sales slid 8% – as the smaller, more affordable Q3 joined the fray and stole a small number of likely sales. Combined, Audi’s three Q models accounted for 51% of the brand’s December sales, up from 46% over the first 11 months of 2014.
#22: Lexus RX
- 2014 Sales: up 1.6% to 7913 – Canada’s best-selling luxury brand utility nameplate generated 93% of its volume with its conventionally-powered RX350, sales of which rose 3% in 2014. RX hybrid sales slid 12% to 551 units. Like the Audi Q5, the RX was joined late in the year by a smaller sibling. The NX attracted 296 buyers in December, and RX sales declined, year-over-year, although only to the tune of two units.
#21: Chevrolet Trax
- 2014 Sales: up 21.7% to 8533 – The Trax is the less expensive sibling in GM Canada’s small crossover duo. Buick sold 5683 Encores in 2014, a 60% improvement. For the first two years of its Canadian life, the Trax wasn’t on sale south of the border But Americans registered their first 739 copies of the Trax in December.
#20: Nissan Pathfinder
- 2014 Sales: up 22.1% to 9688 – After selling as often in 2013 as it did in the previous five years combined, Pathfinder volume jumped 22%, or 1752 units, in 2014. The Pathfinder-related Infiniti QX60 (formerly the JX35) produced another 3613 sales for the platform in 2014.
#19: Toyota Highlander
- 2014 Sales: up 27.5% to 9749 – Canadian sales of the Highlander increased by 2101 units in 2014, a strong follow-up to 2013’s 12% improvement, 2012’s 23% leap, and 2011’s 33% boost. 16% of the Highlander’s tally was produced by the Highlander Hybrid, sales of which shot up 54% in 2014.
#18: Volkswagen Tiguan
- 2014 Sales: up 36.7% to 10,096 – As the first-generation Tiguan ages and becomes increasingly unpopular in the United States – their nine-times larger market registered only 2.5 times more Tiguans in 2014 – Volkswagen Canada reported the third consecutive year of record-breaking Tiguan sales. Of the 26,942 SUVs and crossovers sold by the Volkswagen Group in Canada in 2014, two-thirds were Tiguans.
#17: GMC Terrain
- 2014 Sales: down 2.4% to 11,524 – GMC’s most popular utility vehicle is one member of a four-part family. The Acadia, Yukon, and Yukon XL combined for another 9738 sales last year. The bulk of GMC’s sales are produced by the brand’s full-size pickup truck, the Sierra, which accounted for 63% of GMC Canada volume in 2014. The Terrain has now been on sale for more than five years. 2012 was its best year on the Canadian market.
#16: Hyundai Tucson
- 2014 Sales: up 1.5% to 11,856 – Perhaps the Tucson’s greatest competitor resides right beside it in Hyundai’s own showrooms. The Santa Fe Sport is more than twice as popular in part because of additional space that doesn’t demand a significantly greater monthly outlay. Tucson volume peaked at 14,309 units in 2011.
#15: Subaru Forester
- 2014 Sales: up 9.5% to 12,302 – Subaru smashed its one-year-old Canadian sales record in 2014 in large part thanks to the growth of their most popular model, the Forester. But numerous other models posted big increases, including the Outback wagon, which would rank 21st on this list with 8688 sales for those who consider it an SUV or crossover. The Forester, Outback, and XV Crosstrek (6922 sales in 2014) account for two-thirds of Subaru’s Canadian sales.
#14: Ford Explorer
- 2014 Sales: up 17.7% to 12,677 – After Explorer volume steadily declined through the early part of this century – falling 71% between 2004 and 2009, for instance – Ford Canada has now reported five consecutive years of Explorer sales improvement. The 12,677 units moved in 2014 represent a 208% increase compared with calendar year 2009.
#13: Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2014 Sales: up 13.5% to 13,150 – Like the similarly popular Explorer, Canadian sales of the Grand Cherokee increased in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. Grand Cherokee volume decreased at a rapid rate a decade ago, falling 42% between 2005 and 2009. But sales last year were up 149% compared with 2009 levels. The Grand Cherokee for just under one in five Jeep sales in 2014, the brand’s best ever year.
#12: Kia Sorento
- 2014 Sales: down 3.9% to 13,982 – Kia is releasing an all-new and enlarged Sorento early in 2015, but the outgoing model was able to maintain much of its popularity as it aged. The first-generation Sorento was a truckish item that generated fewer than 10,000 Canadian sales during its final five years on the market. The second-generation Sorento attracted nearly 68,000 Canadian buyers between 2010 and 2014.
#11: Ford Edge
- 2014 Sales: up 3.9% to 17,940 – Riding a wave of positive SUV/CUV sentiment, the Ford Edge managed to record its second-best Canadian sales year in its eight-year history despite its age and its fast-approaching replacement. The Edge is one of five Ford brand utility vehicles which accounted for 30% of the brand’s sales.
#10: Chevrolet Equinox
- 2014 Sales: down 1.3% to 19,559 – The Equinox and its GMC Terrain fraternal twin combined for 31,083 sales in 2014, enough for fourth place on this list if they were a single vehicle nameplate. In the United States, the pairing combined for 347,258 sales in 2014, more than any single SUV or crossover.
#9: Mazda CX-5
- 2014 Sales: up 12.9% to 19,920 – Canadian sales of the CX-5 have basically only ever grown, decreasing on a year-over-year basis in just two months in 2014. Fourth-quarter volume 27%. The CX-5 generates 64% of Mazda’s non-3 volume.
#8: Jeep Cherokee
- 2014 Sales: up 675% to 22,529 – Newly introduced in the fall of 2013, Cherokee sales in November of last year. By the second half of 2014, however, Jeep was routinely selling more than 2000 Cherokees per month. In fact, the 2K mark was crested in six of 2014’s final eight months.
#7: Jeep Wrangler
- 2014 Sales: up 24.1% to 23,057 – Jeep’s best-selling Jeep is the most Jeep-like Jeep of all, the Wrangler. Sales rose to record levels in 2014 after dipping slightly in 2013 following 2012’s record-setting run. As an affordable and off-roadable convertible, the Jeep Wrangler is unique in the true sense of the word. No other automaker builds anything like it.
#6: Dodge Journey
- 2014 Sales: down 10.9% to 24,715 – 2014 was the third consecutive year in which Journey sales decreased, but it’s obvious from its high ranking on this list that it’s still a very popular vehicle in Canada. Two big factors behind its success: affordability and flexibility. Its advertised base price is below $20,000, and it’s available with five or seven seats and four-cylinder or very powerful six-cylinder engines.
#5: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- 2014 Sales: up 6.0% to 27,580 – The Santa Fe nameplate was divided in two when the current generation was introduced. The Santa Fe XL is a Veracruz replacement, and it generated a 53% improvement to 4894 units in 2014. Combined, the duo totalled 32,474 sales in 2014. The Santa Fe Sport is Hyundai Canada’s second-best-selling model.
#4: Nissan Rogue
- 2014 Sales: up 70.8% to 28,827 – Nissan Canada’s top seller produced nearly 12,000 more sales in 2014 than in all of 2013 for a brand which grew by more than 22,000 units. In other words, the Rogue’s growth in second-gen form was hugely impressive, but Nissan also expanded its sales by other means. As a result, Nissan’s market share grew by a full percentage point to 5.7%.
#3: Toyota RAV4
- 2014 Sales: up 10.5% to 36,639 – Like the Rogue which it outsold and the two SUVs which sold more often, the RAV4 broke its own Canadian sales record in 2014. It’s Toyota Canada’s second-best-selling model, attracting more than twice as many owners as the Camry, which is Toyota’s best-selling model south of the border.
#2: Honda CR-V
- 2014 Sales: up 9.3% to 37,684 – The CR-V ranked second over the course of the 2014 calendar year, but the final one-sixth of 2014 was rather different. Not only did the CR-V outsell all other SUVs and crossovers in Canada in November and December, not only did it outsell all other Hondas, it also outsold all vehicles aside from the two constant top dogs: pickup trucks from Ford and Ram.
#1: Ford Escape
- 2014 Sales: up 15.6% to 52,198 – Canada’s best-selling SUV outsold the second-ranked CR-V by 10,660 units in 2013. The Escape’s margin of victory grew to 14,514 units in 2014, a gap which meant Ford had already sold more Escapes by the end of September than its nearest competitor would sell over the course of the full year. In fact, Ford had sold 36,672 Escapes through eight months, just 1012 units shy of the total achieved by the second-ranked CR-V in 2014.
Depending on the breadth of your definition, Canadians are offered around seven dozen different SUV and crossover nameplates. 2014 sales of this group jumped 15%, accounting for a larger share of the overall market. These were Canada’s favourite SUVs and crossovers in 2014.
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