Small SUV Sales In Canada – December 2016 & 2016 Year End


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In a market where SUVs and crossovers outsold every other vehicular category, compact crossovers were the most dominant of all sub-segments.

Led by the Toyota RAV4 for the first time ever, the Canadian SUV/crossover market depended on compact and subcompact utility vehicles for 55% of its volume in 2016. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – 2016 Year End

Compact utilities jumped 7%, growing slightly slower than overall SUV/CUV sales in large part because of sharp declines from a domestic trio – Equinox, Journey, Escape.

Canada small SUV sales chart 2016
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Subcompact crossovers, boosted by growth from nearly every nameplate on offer, jumped by a fifth to 62,115 units. 

The Honda HR-V is Canada’s most popular subcompact crossover,  outselling the next-best-selling Subaru Crosstrek by more than 2600 units. 

GM’s Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore twins combined to outsell the Honda by 2234 units.

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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
1659
1558 6.5% 19,197 19,766 -2.9%
1303
2257 -42.3% 16,741 25,646 -34.7%
2971
3159 -6.0% 46,661 47,726 -2.2%
871
786 10.8% 11,095 10,844 2.3%
2998
2478 21.0% 44,789 38,961 15.0%
1006
813 23.7% 23,789 16,362 45.4%
2115
2886 -26.7% 32,465 31,833 2.0%
482
339 42.2% 4318 3729 15.8%
1042
530 96.6% 9022 9372 -3.7%
768
414 85.5% 11,410 6509 75.3%
1783
1714 4.0% 25,123 22,281 12.8%
563
425 32.5% 6324 6108 3.5%
3171
2620 21.0% 40,055 35,841 11.8%
1202
1067 12.7% 13,798 12,706 8.6%
3000
2949 1.7% 49,103 42,246 16.2%
625
965 -35.2% 11,229 11,459 -2.0%
Total
25,559
24,960 2.4% 365,119 341,389 7.0%

Subcompact SUVs 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
274
285 -3.9% 5533 4915 12.6%
489
590 -17.1% 9072 8156 11.2%
29
56 -48.2% 766 609 25.8%
1240
779 59.2% 12,371 8959 38.1%
258
310 -16.8% 3964 2261 75.3%
612
687 -10.9% 9354 6861 36.3%
84 -100% 694 1412 -50.8%
451
364 23.9% 6196 5786 7.1%
214
271 -21.0% 4442 4473 -0.7%
673
599 12.4% 9723 8422 15.4%
Total
4240
4025 5.3% 62,115 51,854 19.8%

Offroaders
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
770
1215 -36.6% 18,277 20,880 -12.5%
103 -100% 227 1707 -86.7%
8 -100%
Total
770
1318 -41.6% 18,504 22,595 -18.1%

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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