Small SUV Sales In Canada – May 2015 YTD


2016 Mazda CX-3 white

We aren’t scheduled to see Honda HR-V figures until early August, but Mazda began selling the CX-3 in Canada in May 2015. 

717 copies of the CX-3 were sold in May, a startlingly healthy figure given the fact that some of its established rivals have never topped that mark; an even more surprising figure when one realizes that this was simply an abbreviated launch month. What’ll happen when the CX-3 is readily available?

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Make & Model – May 2015 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD

Well, it’ll still likely be outsold by the Mazda CX-5, just as the Subaru Forester outsells the Subaru XV Crosstrek, as the Chevrolet Equinox outsells the Trax, as the Nissan Rogue outsells the Juke, and so on.

Canada small SUV sales chart May 2015
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But that’s not to say this burgeoning breed of subcompact crossovers won’t be a ticket to profitability for many automakers, a story we covered on Autofocus earlier this month. 

Take one subcompact car, add some SUV styling cues, make all-wheel-drive a $2000 option, take advantage of CAFE rules on light truck fuel economy, and charge a hefty premium. No wonder automakers are joining the fray with regularity. The Fiat 500X arrived at the end of May; Jeep’s Renegade is brand new; the HR-V is forthcoming. 

But again, we’ll continue to see the true volume created by the vehicles competing one size up. Ford sold 5403 copies of the Escape in Canada in May 2015, more than the Encore, Trax, 500X, Renegade, CX-3, Countryman, RVR, Juke, and XV Crosstrek combined. The Toyota RAV4 pulled off the same trick. Curious then, isn’t it, that Ford and Toyota aren’t playing in the subcompact CUV category, init? At least not in North America.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • May 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015May 2014

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2051
1994 2.9% 7744 9193 -15.8%
2630
2337 12.5% 9828 10,460 -6.0%
5403
5452 -0.9% 18,781 19,410 -3.2%
1088
1377 -21.0% 4188 4531 -7.6%
3644
3437 6.0% 15,275 13,842 10.4%
2796
3027 -7.6% 11,051 12,159 -9.1%
1385
1394 -0.6% 6624 5650 17.2%
3312
2208 50.0% 11,082 7993 38.6%
716
760 -5.8% 1760 2638 -33.3%
1528
647 136% 4202 2327 80.6%
1034
1537 -32.7% 6813 5382 26.6%
800
790 1.3% 2426 2623 -7.5%
1906
2015 -5.4% 8532 7776 9.7%
361
368 -1.9% 1824 2093 -12.9%
3595
2723 32.0% 13,180 11,468 14.9%
1394
1505 -7.4% 4857 5463 -11.1%
4235
3477 21.8% 16,632 13,283 25.2%
1151
1030 11.7% 4614 4106 12.4%
Total
39,029
36,078 8.2% 149,413 140,397 6.4%

Smallest SUVs & Crossovers
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
450
458 -1.7% 1741 2203 -21.0%
806
840 -4.0% 2603 3143 -17.2%
4
4
60
241
717
717
129
152 -15.1% 426 651 -34.6%
577
606 -4.8% 2099 2443 -14.1%
486
420 15.7% 1894 1708 10.9%
893
740 20.7% 3226 2829 14.0%
Total
4122
3216 28.2% 12,951 12,977 -0.2%

Offroaders
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2485
2581 -3.7% 8994 8923 0.8%
320
72 344% 631 519 21.6%
93 8 372 -97.8%
Total
2805
2746 2.1% 9633 9814 -1.8%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small cars, too, and the tweener-sized Sorento and Santa Fe are shown with midsize SUVs and small SUVs, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with midsizers, as well… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. GCBC has historically shown the Liberty with midsize SUVs but as the Cherokee – truly not midsize inside – replaces the Liberty, proper year-over-year comparison requires seeing the Liberty listed here with these smaller utility vehicles.

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