Small SUV Sales In Canada - December 2015 And 2015 Year End

2015 Ford Escape red
During the latter portion of 2015, Canadians were buying more SUVs and crossovers than cars, a startling figure given that just one year ago, cars outsold SUVs/CUVs by a 1.3-to-1 count. 

And to discovery why it is that Canadians are buying so many SUVs and crossovers, look no further than this most popular SUV/crossover category: the compacts, led by the Ford Escape. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2015 Year End
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - 2015 Year End


True, Escape volume plunged 9% in Canada in 2015. The GMC Terrain and Jeep Compass lost sales, too. But every other competitor sold more often in 2015 than in 2013, from the 41% and 57% gains of the Jeep Cherokee and Patriot to the Hyundai Tucson's 38% uptick, the Nissan Rogue's 24% leap forward, and the Toyota RAV4's 15% gain. This group of vehicles produced 16.8% of the Canadian auto industry's volume in 2014; their market share jumped to 18% in 2015. 

The gains likely would have been greater were it not for the continued rise of subcompact crossovers, led in 2015 by the Honda HR-V. The HR-V didn't arrive until the end of the first half of the year, yet during the final 6+ months, Honda sold more HR-Vs than its top-selling rivals managed in the full 12 months of 2015. 

Canada small SUV sales chart 2015 year end
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That's a feat. And the HR-V, together with additional sales from the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and expanding volume from established players like the Nissan Juke and Subaru XV Crosstrek, the segment jumped 56% in 2015. Popular? Somewhat. The category, collectively, managed slightly more sales than the Ford Escape.

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 • January 2016 • November 2015December 2014
Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1558
138612.4%19,76619,5591.1%
2257
154845.8%25,64624,7153.8%
3159
3314-4.7%47,72652,198-8.6%
786
68514.7%10,844 11,524-5.9%
2478
4603-46.2%38,96137,6843.4%
813
51557.9%16,362 11,85638.0%
2886
193848.9%31,83322,52941.3%
339
154120%3729 5808-35.8%
530
36146.8%9372595957.3%
414
23080.0%6509 60258.0%
1714
134727.2%22,281 19,92011.9%
425
33925.4%6108 533014.6%
2620
209824.9%35,84128,82724.3%
1067
90617.8%12,70612,3023.3%
2949
262412.4%42,24636,63915.3%
965
56172.0%11,45910,09613.5%
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---
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Total
24,960
22,60910.4%341,389 310,971 9.8%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
285
647-56.0%49155683-13.5%
590
47025.5%81568533-4.4%
56
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779
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310
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687
------6861------
84
95-11.6%14121786-20.9%
364
429-15.2%57866594-12.3%
271
17852.2%4473 364122.9%
599
34971.6%8422692221.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
4025
216885.6%51,854 33,159 56.4%

Offroaders
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1215
1396-13.0%20,880 23,057 -9.4%
103
6363.5%1707991 72.3%
---
5-100%8618 -98.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1318
1464-10.0%22,595 24,666 -8.4%
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 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.

RECOMMENDED READING

Small SUV Sales In Canada - January 2016
Small SUV Sales In Canada - November 2015 YTD
Small SUV Sales In Canada - December 2014 & Year End
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada - December 2015
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2015 & Year End
Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - December 2015 & Year End

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