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Most Popular SUVs and Trucks in Canada, First Half of 2021

Stellar sales for Toyota’s compact crossover.


  • The Ford F-Series is #1 among the country’s most popular SUVs and trucks after the first half of 2021.
  • The Toyota RAV4 outsold the Ram Pickup, the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra in Q2.
  • Strong sales increases for Hyundai Kona, Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5.

As the world is trying to return to certain normality with the spread of COVID-19 slowing down, shoppers are flocking to trade in their old vehicles, and are facing yet another challenge. The ripple effect caused by production line shutdowns and the microchip shortage resulted in depleted dealer inventories, shaking up the list of the most popular SUVs and trucks for the first half of 2021.

Some are managing the situation better than others, though, and sales didn’t seem to be too affected by the short supply of semiconductors necessary for all that high-tech gadgets stuffed in today’s vehicles. Let’s have a look at the sales chart, but first, some overall numbers. During the second of quarter of 2021, light-vehicle sales rose by 51.7% compared to Q2 of 2020 at 484,201 units, but dropped by 15.1% compared to Q2 2019. Through the first half of the year, sales rose by 33.2% compared to H1 2020 at 868,394 units, but dropped by 11.8% compared to H1 2019.

10. Hyundai Tucson (13,406 units sold)

Over the past few years, the Hyundai Tucson has appeared and disappeared from the top 10 list of most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada. It’s back in 10th place for now, thanks a thorough redesign for the 2022 model year, resulting in an 80.5% hike in sales during the second quarter of the year, and a 48.8% increase through the first half of 2021 compared to 2020.

9. Mazda CX-5 (14,127 units sold)

2021 Mazda CX-5

Like the Tucson, the Mazda CX-5 floats between the 8th and 12th spot on the sales charts, and places 9th through the first half of the year with a 53.4% increase compared to the same period in 2020. Q2 sales were also strong with a 64.2% hike.

8. Hyundai Kona (15,715 units sold)

2022 Hyundai Kona | Photo: Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona ranks 8th with a 78.1% gain in sales during Q2 2021, and a 67.0% increase through the first half of the year. It’s worth noting that the refreshed 2022 Kona has now arrived in dealerships across the country.

7. Nissan Rogue (17,462 units sold)

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue | Photo: Nissan

Since the Nissan Rogue received its redesign for the 2021 model year, sales have been pretty good, with a 90.0% increase during the second quarter of 2021 and a 77.2% hike through H1 2021. That’s good for 7th place among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada.

6. Honda CR-V (26,716 units sold)

2021 Honda CR-V
2021 Honda CR-V | Photo: Honda

With a 51.3% increase in sales year over year, the Honda CR-V kept its 6th place on the list compared to the first half of 2020, along with a 79.1% increase solely during the second quarter of 2021.

5. Chevrolet Silverado (30,399 units sold)

The combined effort of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD resulted in a 5th place finish through H1 2021, down a spot, with a mild 28.6% increase during the second quarter of the year, and a 29.1% gain through the first six months of 2021.

4. GMC Sierra

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 | Photo: GMC

Together, the GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD ended up in 4th place among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, compared to 3rd a year ago. Second-quarter sales were up by a modest 25.8% compared to the same period in 2020, and by 33.1% after the first six months of the year.

3. Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 leapfrogged both GM pickups with a huge 127.5% sales increase during the second quarter of 2021 compared to the year before, along with an 84.1% hike through the first six months. Despite being #3 in this list, the RAV4 was the country’s second best-selling vehicle overall in Q2.

2. Ram Pickup

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T | Photo: RAM

Unchanged in 2nd place on the list, the combined sales of the Ram 1500 and Ram HD rose by a scant 8.4% during the second quarter of 2021, and by only 10.0% through H1.

1. Ford F-Series

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor | Photo: Ford

Once again, the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty clobbered the competition in sales, and remains tops on the list of most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada. However, due to the ongoing microchip shortage, production of the full-size pickup has slowed down, resulting in an increase of only 4.1% during the second quarter of 2021, and of 5.1% after the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2020.

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