Small SUV Sales In Canada – August 2016 YTD


2017 Toyota C-HR

After surging 71% through the first-half of 2016, Canadian sales of subcompact crossover sales crumbled in July 2016 and August 2016, yet more proof that this nascent category can’t compete on value terms with their slightly larger brethren.

Canadians registered 5483 subcompact crossovers by way of 10 nameplates and eight automakers in August. Canadians also registered 5074 Ford Escapes, a 14% year-over-year increase for August’s top-selling utility vehicle.

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

We’re not suggesting that there’s no more room to grow for subcompact crossovers. Much of the growth in the first-half of 2016 was attributed to vehicles that weren’t on sale in the first-half of 2015. More new candidates, particularly a Toyota, could instigate further increases.

But it is apparent that there’s a limit to the appeal of subcompact crossovers. Consider that it’s less expensive to lease a top-trim Honda CR-V than it it is to lease a top-trim Honda HR-V. 

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No wonder CR-V sales jumped 43% to 4774 units, the best August in the CR-V’s history, while sales of the HR-V tumbled 47% to 916 units, one-fifth of the CR-V’s total. 

Year-to-date, Canada’s favourite subcompact crossover is that very Honda HR-V. August’s leader was the slightly larger (but sub-Forester) Subaru Crosstrek. 

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. Mobile users can thumb across the tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1363
1774 -23.2% 12,111 12,916 -6.2%
1852
3020 -38.7% 11,418 17,228 -33.7%
5074
4442 14.2% 30,204 31,704 -4.7%
827
905 -8.6% 7163 7133 0.4%
4774
3351 42.5% 29,692 25,551 16.2%
1645
2205 -25.4% 17,562 10,804 62.6%
2628
3469 -24.2% 22,315 20,338 9.7%
173
247 -30.0% 3326 2432 36.8%
719
1021 -29.6% 6174 7402 -16.6%
970
634 53.0% 7283 4205 73.2%
2607
2150 21.3% 16,337 14,718 11.0%
621
820 -24.3% 4097 3727 9.9%
3730
3632 2.7% 25,897 24,196 7.0%
1136
970 17.1% 8706 8297 4.9%
4482
3390 32.2% 33,487 27,057 23.8%
912
1125 -18.9% 7652 7726 -1.0%
Total
33,513
33,155 1.1% 243,424 225,434 8.0%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
496
406 22.2% 3523 3195 10.3%
790
861 -8.2% 6000 4859 23.5%
37
89 -58.4% 598 363 64.7%
916
1712 -46.5% 7425 4351 70.7%
229
306 25.2% 2860 1042 175%
887
906 -2.1% 6444 3437 87.5%
69
155 -55.5% 531 809 -34.4%
672
628 7.0% 4139 3893 6.3%
434
367 18.3% 3091 3069 0.7%
953
771 23.6% 6260 5538 13.0%
Total
5483
6201 -11.6% 40,871 30,556 33.8%

Offroaders
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1332
1797 -25.9% 13,717 14,943 -8.2%
1
156 -99.4% 227 1167 -80.5%
8 -100%
Total
1333
1953 -31.7% 13,944 16,118 -13.5%

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 – September 2016
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Small SUV Sales In Canada – August 2015
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Midsize SUV Sales In Canada – August 2016