Small SUV Sales In Canada – March 2016 YTD


2015 Honda CR-V burgundy

In March 2016, the Honda CR-V was Canada’s best-selling utility vehicle and thus the top-selling small SUV/crossover, to boot. With a narrow margin of victory over the year-to-date-leading Toyota RAV4, the CR-V did little to eat into the RAV4’s first-quarter lead.

Toyota RAV4 sales are up 17% so far this year, a hugely healthy gain in a segment that grew 11% during the first-quarter of 2016.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – March 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales  By Model – March 2016 YTD

The Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Jeep Cherokee are other top sellers which produced growth at an above-average pace in the first-quarter of 2016. The Dodge Journey and Ford Escape are the major competitors to post declining sales in 2016. For the Escape, the first-quarter 2% loss occurred after 2015’s 9% drop and 2014’s record Escape sales output. 

Canada’s perennial best seller, the Escape currently trails the RAV4 by 1384 units through the first three months of 2016. 

Canadian sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan predictably declined 7% in the first-quarter of 2016. Not only is the Tiguan, though never offered with a diesel engine in North America, tainted by its Volkswagen branding, it’s also an ancient design that’s about to be replaced by a model already revealed. 

Canada small SUV sales chart March 2016
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Even the declining, ageing, tainted Tiguan was still more popular in March than most candidates in the smaller, more affordable subcompact crossover. (Only the surging Chevrolet Trax and still-fresh Mazda CX-3 topped the Tiguan’s 841-unit March mark.) Subcompact utility vehicle sales volume is exploding in Canada as Canadian sales of conventional subcompact cars plunge. But as a group, they are not challenging for top-selling status… yet. Together, the RAV4 and CR-V outsold the whole subcompact category by nearly 2500 units in March.

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 • March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1544
1658 -6.9% 3603 3537 1.9%
1430
1942 -26.4% 3499 4724 -25.9%
3484
3529 -1.3% 8205 8358 -1.8%
829
849 -2.4% 2182 1867 16.9%
3974
3599 10.4% 8725 7748 12.6%
1792
1548 15.8% 4331 3465 25.0%
2836
2173 30.5% 7586 5050 50.2%
478
175 173% 908 597 52.1%
978
768 27.3% 1763 1954 -9.8%
1007
458 120% 1836 1064 72.6%
2198
2065 6.4% 4851 4394 10.4%
516
454 13.7% 1307 1048 24.7%
2993
2902 3.1% 7115 6667 6.7%
1080
969 11.5% 2573 2331 10.4%
3970
3422 16.0% 9589 8212 16.8%
841
1015 -17.1% 2260 2430 -7.0%
Total
29,950
27,526 8.8% 70,333 63,446 10.8%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
363
371 -2.2% 743 854 -13.0%
1019
448 128% 1823 984 85.3%
79
125
817
2031
556
1 55,500% 1119 1 111,800%
851
2017
55
75 -26.7% 153 186 -17.7%
524
427 22.7% 1275 1059 20.4%
423
464 -8.8% 997 950 4.9%
788
688 14.5% 1829 1536 19.1%
Total
5475
2474 121% 12,112 5570 117%

Offroaders
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1564
1707 -8.4% 4033 4131 -2.4%
70
65 7.7% 190 215 -11.6%
1 -100% 7 -100%
Total
1634
1773 -7.8% 4223 4353 -3.0%

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.

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Small SUV Sales In Canada – February 2016
Small SUV Sales In Canada – March 2015
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Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – March 2016
Midsize SUV Sales In Canada – March 2016