Canadian sales of five leading three-row family crossovers jumped 36% to more than 3000 units in January 2016. The Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Santa Fe XL posted gains between 28% and 75%.
Meanwhile, GM’s trio of full-size Lambda platform crossovers, faced with age and absent the steady popularity they’ve established south of the border, slumped 6% to 580 units, more than the Pilot but less than the other four aforementioned utilities.
Canadians nevertheless have a tendency to accept smaller, two-row utilities. Not only do vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge – tweener-sized CUVs – sell more often in Canada than three-rows like the Explorer, Highlander, and Pilot.