2012 Year End Top 25 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada


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On this list of Canada’s 25 best-selling SUVs and crossovers in 2012, you’ll find 16 different brands which originate in four countries from eleven different corporations. There’s nothing too big here, not like on the U.S. version of this list where you’ll find the Chevrolet Tahoe.

The best-selling SUV in Canada was once again the Ford Escape, though sales fell slightly compared with 2011, even as Canada’s new vehicle market grew 5.7%. The Escape was undergoing a model transition, although the second-generation vehicle’s ability to sell like the first-gen Escape has often been called into question. 

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
After ending 2011 as Canada’s third-ranked utility vehicle, surging sales helped the Honda CR-V climb into second spot. This meant the Dodge Journey fell back to third place. Despite strong end-of-year sales, the Hyundai Santa Fe’s own model changeover did it no favours, and the top-ranked Korean slid to fifth from fourth in 2011.

The Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Edge, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sorento rounded out the top ten. In 14th spot, Ford’s Explorer beat the Jeep Grand Cherokee by 11 sales after trailing the Jeep by 877 sales in 2011. Luxury nameplates start filling in the gaps beginning with the Lexus RX in 18th spot. RX sales were up 5.5% in 2012. One out of every ten RXs sold was a hybrid. The Audi Q5 ranked 22nd in Canadian SUV/CUV sales in 2012, and its corporate sibling from Volkswagen, the tiny Tiguan, ranked 25th, 118 sales ahead of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, sales of which shot up 44% in 2012.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models can always be accessed by selecting a vehicle at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. There’s much more to come in the Canadian recap of 2012’s auto sales. A multitude of U.S. 2012 sales stories have already been published. Below, you’ll find the 25 best-selling SUVs in Canada from 2012, and it’s an interesting little melting pot.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
2012
2011
% Change
#1
Ford Escape
44,099 44,248 – 0.3%
#2
Honda CR-V
33,339 25,076 + 33.0%
#3
Dodge Journey
28,888 29,021 – 0.5%
#4
Toyota RAV4
25,942 21,550 + 20.4%
#5
Hyundai Santa Fe
23,394 24,121 – 3.0%
#6
Chevrolet Equinox
20,390 22,467 – 9.2%
#7
Jeep Wrangler
18,996 15,636 + 21.5%
#8
Ford Edge
18,837 15,633 + 20.5%
#9
Nissan Rogue
14,329 14,191 + 1.0%
#10
Kia Sorento
14,031 15,105 – 7.1%
#11
Hyundai Tucson
13,969 14,309 – 2.4%
#12
GMC Terrain
12,302 11,817 + 4.1%
#13
Mazda CX-5
11,294 13,159 – 14.2%
#14
Ford Explorer
10,427 9406 + 10.9%
#15
Jeep Grand Cherokee
10,416 10,283 + 1.3%
#16
Kia Sportage
8107 7766 + 4.4%
#17
Subaru Forester
7156 8673 – 17.5%
#18
Lexus RX
7130 6760 + 5.5%
#19
Toyota Highlander
6851 5574 + 22.9%
#20
Jeep Patriot
6667 8421 – 20.8%
#21
Mitsubishi RVR
6334 7064 – 10.3%
#22
Audi Q5
6152 4502 + 36.7%
#23
Jeep Compass
6003 6619 – 9.3%
#24
Honda Pilot
5807 4366 + 33.0%
#25
Volkswagen Tiguan
5657 5379 + 5.2%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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