- Sales of light-duty trucks dropped by 15% due to disastrous month of March.
- Significant rise in sales for GM full-size pickups.
- Ford F-Series still leads the country’s most popular SUVs and trucks list overall; Toyota RAV4 leading SUV.
If light-vehicle sales were off to a fairly good start in 2020, the situation quickly turned sour when the COVID-19 pandemic starting its spread across North America. After the first three months of the year, sales dropped by 19.8%, although the month of March was particularly bad, as Canadians were order to stay at home and dealership showrooms were deemed a non-essential service in several provinces.
Car sales dropped by 34.5%, while those of light-duty trucks—which consists of crossovers and SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks—sagged by 14.7%. Very few models actually saw their sales increase compared to Q1 2019. Here are the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada after the first quarter of 2020.
10. Mazda CX-5 (4,526 units sold)
The Mazda CX-5 hangs on to 10th place after grabbing that spot among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada in 2019. Compared to Q1 2019, the compact crossover’s sales dipped by 17.8%, which is slightly below the category average.
- Ford Escape (5,351 units sold)
At the end of December 2019, the Ford Escape was sitting in 7th place, and has now slipped to 9th place, thanks to a 33.1% sales decrease. That’s a significant downturn, but it’s not the only utility vehicle to have suffered during the first quarter of 2020.
- Nissan Rogue (5,518 units sold)
The Nissan Rogue keeps its 8th position among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, despite a sales drive of 33.1%. An all-new generation of the Rogue should be unveiled this year, unless it gets delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Dodge Grand Caravan (8,408 units sold)
Seemingly as a last hurrah, the Dodge Grand Caravan climbs back into the top 10 list with a sales increase of 2.5%. It knocked the Hyundai Tucson down to 11th place, but this comeback will be short-lived, as the Grand Caravan will retire at the end of the 2020 model year.
- Honda CR-V (9,182 units sold)
Here’s another compact crossover that has suffered terribly in the first quarter of 2020, with a sales drop of 29.5% compared to the same period in 2019. In just three months, it has slipped from 4th to 6th place on the list of the most popular SUVs and trucks. A bittersweet detail: the Honda CR-V is now outselling the Honda Civic—which ranks first among the country’s most popular cars in 2019.
- Toyota RAV4 (10,819 units)
With a sales drop of 12.7% in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019, the Toyota RAV4 slid from 3rd to 5th place. It was the country’s third most popular vehicle overall at the end of 2019, but has since been trampled on by a couple of pickup trucks.
- Chevrolet Silverado (11,171 units)
Four out of the ten most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada saw their sales numbers increase year-over-year, and the Chevrolet Silverado is one of them. Its 3.1% bump in sales allowed it to leapfrog the Toyota RAV4 and grab 4th place.
- GMC Sierra (11,814 units)
The GMC Sierra saw its sales rise by 4.5% during the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. It also hangs on to surpass its corporate cousin, although by a slim margin. Together, they outpaced the 2nd-place Ram pickup and caught up to the Ford F-150. A little.
- Ram Pickup (19,179 units)
A 0.3% increase in sales is nothing to celebrate, but when the category’s sales have dropped by 15%, it can still be considered a win. The Ram 1500 and Ram HD pickups hang on to second place among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, and has actually gained some ground compared to the number one truck.
- Ford F-Series (28,515 units)
The Ford F-150 and Ford F-Series Super Duty saw their combined sales numbers drop by 5.3% while their adversaries are catching up, but their comfortable lead allowed them to remain the best-selling vehicle in Canada after the first three months of 2020.