A massive 50% year-over-year increase from Hyundai Canada’s Santa Fe Sport pushed the Ford Escape in March 2014, but the Escape was up to the challenge. It’s been a year since anything other than the Ford Escape led the small SUV/crossover category in Canada, and thus the overall lead among SUVs and crossovers, as well.
Like its Kia partner, the Sorento, the Santa Fe Sport is tweener-sized, bigger than the Escape but smaller than the Explorer. And with pricing that spans a broad range, the Santa Fe Sport is most certainly a competitor for smaller utilities like the Escape, surging Nissan Rogue, and fast-improving Subaru Forester.
With improved sales also being reported by the leading Escape and numerous other high-volume crossovers – Equinox, CR-V, Tucson, Outlander, Rogue, Forester, Tiguan – the category as a whole was up 12% in March 2014 compared with March 2013.
There were exceptions. Jeep has added 4084 Cherokee sales this year while losing 1619 Compass and Patriot sales. Although the loss was slight, Mazda Canada reported its first year-over-year decline in CX-5 sales. The RAV4 couldn’t match the pace it set when the latest iteration debuted late in 2013’s first quarter.
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The aging Dodge Journey was down 22%. And GMC Terrain volume is down sharply as sales of its fraternal Chevrolet twin increase rapidly. (GM Canada has also sold 1262 more Encores and Traxes this year than last.)
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. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.