Canadians registered 775 new GM Lambda crossovers in March 2013 and 898 Ford Explorers. Ford sold more Flexes than Buick sold Enclaves or Chevrolet did Traverses. The words “more” and “Flex” aren’t supposed to go together, certainly not in a conversation about mainstream GM crossovers.
Japan’s big three – the Highlander, Pathfinder, and Pilot – combined for 1583 sales in March. Mazda sold 163 CX-9s; Subaru 16 Tribecas. But the two-row Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford’s second-best-selling utility vehicle, the Edge, are significantly more popular crossovers. Not a lot bigger than small crossovers and not much more costly, the Santa Fe and Edge do a fair job of representing the Canadian car buyer’s desire to drive something tall and flexible rather than a midsize sedan.
Through the first quarter of 2013, the Santa Fe and Edge have outsold Canada’s two best-selling midsize cars by 544 units. Overall, Canada’s ten leading midsize cars (excluding the Venza) did account for 7.8% of March’s overall automobile market. The Santa Fe, Edge, Sorento, Explorer, Grand Cherokee, Highlander, Pathfinder, Pilot, Murano, and Acadia were responsible for 5.6% of the market.
But many of those midsize cars sell for prices that are more comparable to smaller crossovers. The group of Canada’s ten best-selling SUVs and crossovers – which includes the Edge and Santa Fe – outsold the ten top midsize cars by more than 10,000 units in March.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian 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 Canadian midsize SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.