December 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada


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In Canada, the Ford Escape’s position atop the SUV leaderboard is so secure that we often step right over mentioning it on the way to find what else is worthy of a story. This is especially true when the Escape is struggling to repeat prior year sales performances, as it has for much of 2012, and indeed again in December. Escape sales dropped by 220 units last month.

The Hyundai Santa Fe moved up to the second slot on December’s best-selling SUV list. This won’t surprise observers who knew of the Santa Fe’s strength before the second-gen crossover aged; before the third-gen vehicle was fully available. Santa Fe sales were more than twice as strong in December 2012 as in December 2011, when it ranked tenth in the category.

Further down this list of Canada’s most popular utility vehicles you’ll find two luxury nameplates, neither of which says “Lexus” or “RX”, although the dominant Lexus did end the year ahead of both the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Audi’s Q5 starts at $39,900 in Canada, some $5000 below the GLK350’s base price. The GLK’s base price is $50 lower than the RX350’s.

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
And in 20th spot, a Mitsubishi. Outlander sales fell 15% from 641 in December 2011 but were still strong enough to land a Mitsubishi on a best seller list. Extend a best seller list enough and who knows what you might find: the Mitsubishi RVR was Canada’s 28th-best-selling utility vehicle in December 2012.

GoodCarBadCar.net will be posting a list of 2012’s best-selling SUVs and crossovers in a few minutes. Until then, be aware that you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle by accessing the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. What you see below were the 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers in Canada in December 2012.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
December 2012
%
Change
2012 
Year End
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford Escape
2781 – 7.3% 44,099 – 0.3%
#2
Hyundai Santa Fe
1971 + 108% 23,394 – 3.0%
#3
Honda CR-V
1959 + 4.6% 33,339 + 33.0%
#4
Dodge Journey
1578 – 17.7% 28,888 – 0.5%
#5
Toyota RAV4
1487 – 34.9% 25,942 + 20.4%
#6
Chevrolet Equinox
1048 – 34.5% 20,390 – 9.2%
#7
Kia Sorento
1022 + 7.2% 14,031 – 7.1%
#8
Ford Edge
1011 – 10.7% 18,837 + 20.5%
#9
Jeep Wrangler
988 + 27.0% 18,996 + 21.5%
#10
Nissan Rogue
923 – 32.6% 14,329 + 1.0%
#11
GMC Terrain
901 + 8.7% 12,302 + 4.1%
#12
Mazda CX-5
786 —– 11,301 —–
#13
Ford Explorer
768 + 17.1% 10,427 + 10.9%
#14
Jeep Grand Cherokee
683 – 28.1% 10,416 + 1.3%
T15
Subaru Forester
610 + 5.4% 7156 – 17.5%
T15
Toyota Highlander
610 + 20.8% 6851 + 22.9%
#17
Hyundai Tucson
597 – 21.8% 13,969 – 2.4%
#18
Audi Q5
564 + 128% 6152 + 36.7%
#19
Mercedes-Benz GLK
562 + 38.8% 5279 – 0.3%
#20
Mitsubishi Outlander
544 – 15.1% 5267 – 7.8%

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

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