Midsize SUV Sales In Canada – May 2016 YTD


2017 Mazda CX-9 grey rear

Given the overall new vehicle market’s slowdown in May 2016, caused in part by an abbreviated sales month, Canadian sales of small SUVs and crossovers were rather healthy, rising 4% despite the market’s downturn.

Canada Vehicle Sales By Model – April 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – May 2016 YTD

Yet their bigger brethren, thanks to big gains from the Ford Explorer and Ford Flex, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Murano, and Toyota 4Runner, posted even more substantial improvements on the percentage scale.

Year-over-year, all the aforementioned nameplates increased by at least 20% in May 2016. 

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The Ford Explorer’s big May – and the Toyota Highlander’s 1% drop – means the Ford is now within 34 units of catching the Highlander in the three-row SUV sales race. Ford’s three-row numbers have been strengthened of late by big Flex sales figures. 1255 Flexes were sold in the March-May period, up 84% from 682 one year ago.

Meanwhile, at Ford’s former Mazda partner where the first-generation CX-9 shared much with Ford Motor Company vehicles, the second-generation CX-9 arrived at dealers at the tail end of May and generated the nameplate’s best-ever May results. 

At only 308 May sales, the CX-9 was a relatively rare sight in comparison with the Explorer, Highlander, and Santa Fe XL. But we expect the new CX-9 to become a far more common sight over the coming months. And we’ll review one soon.

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 midsize 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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
160
365 -56.2% 1185 1264 -6.3%
251
378 -33.6% 1349 1358 -0.7%
578
532 8.6% 3036 1707 77.9%
2333
2133 9.4% 9022 5875 53.6%
1232
998 23.4% 5189 4261 21.8%
470
379 24.0% 1422 703 102%
372
690 -46.1% 1991 2697 -26.2%
683
600 13.8% 3133 2315 35.3%
2154
2796 -23.0% 10,050 11,051 -9.1%
935
712 31.3% 3893 2821 38.0%
2003
1426 40.5% 7437 4754 56.4%
1435
1034 38.8% 6407 6813 -6.0%
308
89 246% 770 475 62.1%
1510
929 62.5% 6086 3425 77.7%
721
832 -13.3% 4280 3848 11.2%
4 -100%
572
452 26.5% 2631 1943 35.4%
1085
1099 -1.3% 5223 4078 28.1%
129
186 -30.6% 563 905 -37.8%
Total
16,931
15,630 8.3% 73,667 60,297 22.2%
Offroaders
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2240
2485 -9.9% 8168 8994 -9.2%
10
320 -96.9% 222 631 -64.8%
8 -100%
Total
2250
2805 -19.8% 8390 9633 -12.9%
Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
22 -100% 5 232 -97.8%
850
868 -2.1% 4043 4300 -6.0%
512
630 -18.7% 2570 2604 -1.3%
Total
1362
1520 -11.6% 6618 7136 -7.8%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Total Santa Fe volume: down 12% to 3089 in May; up 0.5% to 13,943 YTD.
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 Wrangler and Xterra listed with small SUVs, too, and the Subaru Outback shown with mainstream cars… 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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