Through the first months of 2015 these are Canada’s favourite utility vehicles... For more, check out Canada's 30 best-selling vehicles.
#25: Acura RDX
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 14.6% to 769 – Acura’s most popular model is one half of a two-pronged SUV/crossover lineup that accounts for nearly two-thirds of all Acura sales. But Acura cars are coming back thanks to strong TLX volume. The overall car lineup is up 40% to 768 units through the first two months of 2015.
#24: Audi Q5
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 13.7% to 796 – Like the better-selling Lexus RX, the Audi Q5 has also been hampered to a degree by both old age – it’s been around since 2009 in first-gen form – and the arrival of a more affordable, fresher sibling, the Q3. Combined, Q3 and Q5 sales are up 34% to 1232 units in early 2015.
#23: Lexus RX
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 8.8% to 808 – Canada’s top-selling premium brand utility vehicle is facing a stiff challenge in its old age from a younger sibling, the edgy and more affordable NX. The RX is set to be replaced soon, however, so over-analyzing its 9% decline in two low-volume months for the auto industry would be a mistake even if the NX hadn’t grabbed 635 sales in January and February.
#22: GMC Terrain
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 15.9% to 1018 – Although the Terrain is GMC’s best-selling SUV/crossover, it’s by no means the brand’s top-selling model. GMC is, first and foremost, a pickup truck company. So while the brand has sold 2514 Terrains, Savana vans, Acadias, Yukons, and Yukon XLs in 2015’s first two months – and 476 Canyon pickups – GMC has also sold 5811 Sierra full-size trucks.
#21: Ford Explorer
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 9.9% to 1061 – The Explorer is just one part of a Ford utility vehicle lineup that isn’t selling nearly as often in early 2015 as it did at this time last year. But as Ford readies an already-revealed facelifted Explorer for 2016, don’t expect to see Explorer volume decline for long.
#20: Nissan Murano
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 165% to 1130 – The third Murano is arriving, the second-generation Murano is being cleared out, and Nissan’s upmarket two-row crossover is back to its old ways with shock and awe styling and marketplace success. Nissan averaged more than 5400 Canadian Murano sales between 2004 and 2006, but that average slid below 4200 units over the last three years. 2015 could mark a Murano revival, at least a temporary one in which early adopters snap them up like the style-conscious items they are.
#19: Jeep Patriot
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 69.9% to 1186 – Although the Jeep Patriot (and its Compass sibling) will be quickly ignored by the automotive media as the Jeep Renegade becomes readily available, Canadians and Canadian fleet buyers continue to pay plenty of attention to these entry-level Jeeps. As an inexpensive way to sit a little higher and benefit from an all-wheel-drive system, these outdated Patriots are still sought after.
#18: Toyota Highlander
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 18.9% to 1232 – The Toyota Highlander arrived in third-gen form in 2014 and was both roundly acclaimed by critics and snapped up by consumers. With the Venza approaching discontinued state, production capacity will be freed up for Toyota to build more Highlanders.
#17: Ford Edge
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 28.7% to 1264 – Why are Ford Edge sales tumbling? That’s easy: the timing of the new model’s arrival and the clear-out of the old model weren’t perfectly in sync. The Canadian-built Edge will be replaced this year, having arrived in first-gen form way back at the end of 2006.
#16: Nissan Pathfinder
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 11.1% to 1289 – Among utility vehicles that come standard with a third-row, the Nissan Pathfinder is the top seller in early 2015. Last year that crown was worn by the Ford Explorer, not unexpectedly. But with Explorer sales tailing off through the first two months of 2015 and Pathfinder volume up 11% – after 2014’s 22% year-end year-over-year increase – the Nissan is now 228 sales up on the Ford.
#15: Subaru Forester
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 14.6% to 1362 – The Forester may appear to be the only Subaru on the list, but that’s because we’re still allowing the Legacy Wagon-raised-Outback and Impreza-lifted-XV Crosstrek as cars. If they were on this list, the Outback’s 1330 sales (up 61%) would position it just behind this Forester. The XV’s 848 sales (up 15%) would position it in 23rd, just behind the GMC Terrain.
#14: Jeep Grand Cherokee
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 7.9% to 1376 – The flagship model of the world’s most famous SUV brand, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, has reported increased Canadian sales in each of the last five years. Among SUVs in the top 20, not one has a higher base price than the $40,495 Grand Cherokee.
#13: Volkswagen Tiguan
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 1.4% to 1415 – The Volkswagen Tiguan, in its seventh year in Canada, set a Canadian sales record with more than 10,000 sales in 2014, a 37% year-over-year improvement. 2015 sales are rising higher, albeit slowly. The next Tiguan, a Mexico-built model, should be larger and offer a three-row variant.
#12: Chevrolet Equinox
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 21.1% to 1879 – The Chevrolet Equinox will be refreshed for model year 2016 but not thoroughly revised. In its home market, that may be all that’s required. Equinox volume increased to a record-high 242,242 sales in 2014. But in Canada, where GM is not the top seller it once was, an Equinox that’s already in its fifth model year isn’t nearly keeping pace with a rising tide.
#11: Hyundai Tucson
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 18.5% to 1917 – Set to be replaced by an all-new model for model year 2016, the Hyundai Tucson is tasked with fending off two different types of challenges. Do customers want to pay a little more for more space, power, and refinement? Many do, and they buy a Santa Fe Sport instead. The next challenge for the Tucson will be the arrival of many new entry-level CUV rivals to join the Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, and Nissan Juke: HR-V, CX-3, 500X, and Renegade.
#10: Kia Sorento
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 23.0% to 2017 – Benefiting from the arrival of an all-new 2016 model and a clear-out of remaining 2015s, Kia Sorento volume is booming in early 2015. It’s a good thing, because many other parts of the Kia lineup are struggling. Forte, Optima, Rio, Rondo, and Sportage sales are down 30%, 9%, 33%, 31%, and 25%, respectively.
#9: Mazda CX-5
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 8.7% to 2329 – Mazda’s second-most-popular model, the CX-5 could struggle slightly to put up continued growth figures in the latter stages of 2015 as it’s joined by a smaller sibling, the very attractive CX-3. Will the CX-3 siphon off all the CX-5’s sales? Not nearly, and the CX-5 will likely be the more popular crossover every month. But while overall Mazda CUV numbers may rise, don’t be surprised if the CX-3 puts a dent in the CX-5’s output.
#8: Jeep Wrangler
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 14.0% to 2424 – It would be a lie to say none of the other vehicles on this list are capable off-road. For one thing, there are other Jeeps in the top 25. For another, you might be surprised how far a decent all-wheel-drive system and a moderate amount of ground clearance can take you. But in comparison to the Wrangler, the true SUV on this list of best-selling SUVs? There’s nothing else like it, and the vehicles that share a similar mission (FJ Cruiser, Xterra) are being discontinued.
#7: Dodge Journey
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 19.4% to 2782 – The aged Dodge Journey is not the most refined crossover on this list, and it’s certainly not the most modern. But it offers intelligent space solutions at an affordable price tag. FCA (formerly Chrysler Group) is the best-selling manufacturer in Canada so far this year, and the Journey continues to be a big part of the company’s success.
#6: Jeep Cherokee
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 7.8% to 2877 – When first revealed, the Cherokee was one of Jeep’s most controversial new vehicle introductions ever, if not the most divisive of all. But the Cherokee is now Jeep’s top seller, not just in Canada but in Jeep’s home market of the United States, as well. U.S. Cherokee volume is up 31% to 29,180 this year. It’s America’s seventh-ranked SUV/CUV.
#5: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 4.2% to 2943 – The Santa Fe Sport is one half of Hyundai’s Santa Fe lineup, but it accounts for the bulk of Santa Fe sales. This two-row variation is Hyundai Canada’s second-best-selling model. Together, the Sport and XL Santa Fes are up 5.5% to 3606 year-to-date sales.
#4: Nissan Rogue
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 4.3% to 3765 – Nissan’s best-selling model is at the forefront of the brand’s rapid rise. In February, for example, Nissan outsold Honda for the first time since Honda’s June 2011 post-tsunami inventory collapse. Nissan brand sales are up 18% through the first two months of 2015, a 2045-unit improvement. The Rogue brings in more than a quarter of Nissan’s clientele.
#3: Honda CR-V
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 13.7% to 4149 – Canada’s top-selling SUV/CUV in the final two months of 2015, the Honda CR-V fell to the fourth spot in January and the third position in February despite 30% and 3% year-over-year improvements. The CR-V accounts for three out of every ten Honda brand sales in Canada this year.
#2: Toyota RAV4
- February 2015 YTD Sales: up 16.1% to 4790 – The Toyota RAV4 led the way in January, traditionally the slowest month for new vehicle sales in Canada. But it was a close race, with the Ford Escape only 26 units back. RAV4 volume has now increased on a year-over-year basis in eight consecutive months.
#1: Ford Escape
- February 2015 YTD Sales: down 9.7% to 4829 – After a hot start to 2014, the best year on record for the Ford Escape, sales in what will be 2015’s two lowest-volume months aren’t low, but they are lower. Last year Ford was able to sell more than 5000 Escapes on a monthly basis in five consecutive months between spring and fall. Doing so again would make it easy to forget this slightly slow, or slower, start.
After rising 15 percent in 2014, a record year for the Canadian auto industry, growth in the SUV/crossover category has levelled off in early 2015.
This is in large part due to losses from Canada’s top-selling Ford Escape which is down 9.7 percent to 4,829 sold through February.
The Utility vehicle segment as a whole still increased one percent through January and February though the overall auto industry saw bigger gains and jumped three percent.
Rounding out the Top 5 top-selling SUVs and crossovers behind the Escape so far in 2015 are the Toyota rav4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Santa Fe.
Figures are sourced from the Global Automakers Of Canada via GoodCarBadCar.net.