- Ford F-Series pickup dominates the country’s most popular SUVs and trucks list again
- SUV and pickup truck sales both up by 1.6% in 2019
- Toyota RAV4 becomes #3 best-selling vehicle in Canada overall
Unsurprisingly, utility vehicles and pickup trucks continued to gain momentum in North American, as consumers are trading in their passenger cars to buy them. The list of the most popular SUVs and trucks in 2019 hasn’t changed much compared to 2018, at least among the top 10 best-selling models on the Canadian market. However, sales of SUVs and pickup trucks increased by 1.5%, while car sales plunged by 16%. Overall, new-vehicle sales in Canada dropped by 3.6%.
Here are the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada in 2019.
10. Mazda CX-5 (27,696 units sold)
The Mazda CX-5 made it to the top 10 list in 2019, thanks to a 4.2% increase in sales, and to a 15% drop for the soon-to-be-discontinued Dodge Grand Caravan—which was the country’s fifth best-selling vehicle just three years ago. In addition, the CX-5 has now surpassed the Mazda3 as the brand’s most popular vehicle in Canada.
9. Hyundai Tucson (30,075 units sold)
With a 5.0% percent increase in sales, the Hyundai Tucson climbs one spot to #9 on the 2019 list. The compact SUV received a mild refresh for the 2019 model year, which included new tech, a redesigned grille and an optional 2.4-litre engine in replacement of the old 1.6-litre turbo four.
8. Nissan Rogue (37,350 units sold)
Nissan Rogue sales dropped by 8.8% compared to 2018, yet still managed to keep its eight-place position among the most popular SUVs and trucks list this year. While a redesign isn’t too far away, the Rogue still attracts many buyers for its overall value.
7. Ford Escape (39,503 units sold)
The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape has just arrived on the market, but despite a strong performance in December, the SUV finished the calendar year with a 9.9% decrease in sales. However, it managed to keep its #7 spot in the best-selling light-trucks list in 2019.
6. Chevrolet Silverado (53,484 units sold)
Despite the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s full redesign in 2018, followed by the new generation of the Chevrolet Silverado HD introduced last year, sales declined by 3.3% in 2019 compared to 2018. As GM builds inventories of its new HD pickup in dealerships, Chevy is likely expecting to catch up in 2020.
5. GMC Sierra (54,400 units sold)
Just like the Silverado, the GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Sierra HD also saw their sales drop by 3.3% in 2019 compared to the previous year, and combined with the Honda CR-V’s increase, the GMC pickup fell a spot to #5 in the most popular SUVs and trucks list. Once again, and for the 11th year in a row, the Sierra surpassed the Silverado in Canadian sales.
4. Honda CR-V (55,859 units sold)
The Honda CR-V continued its progression on the sales charts, moving up to the #4 spot. The CR-V is once again a solid choice in the compact SUV segment, and Canadian consumers are embracing it despite recent issues regarding its turbocharged 1.5-litre engine—the only powertrain offered in Canada.
3. Toyota RAV4 (65,248 units sold)
Now built in Canada, the Toyota RAV4 is the country’s best-selling SUV, and enjoyed a 17.8% increase in sales in 2019. The recently redesigned RAV4 seems to check all of the compact utility shoppers’ boxes, and it even surpassed the Honda Civic as the #3 best-selling vehicle overall in Canada.
2. Ram Pickup (96,763 units sold)
The recently redesigned Ram 1500 and Ram HD saw their sales numbers increase by 14.0% in 2019, solidifying its second-place position among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, but also in overall light-vehicle sales. It’s worth nothing that despite surpassing the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra in sales, the GM pickups combined outpaced the Ram Pickup by about 11,000 units.
1. Ford F-Series (145,064 units sold)
The undisputed light-vehicle sales champion in Canada dominated the competition once again in 2019, despite Ram’s healthy sales increase. The Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty offer a plethora of powertrains, trim levels, features and innovations to remain competitive. Compared to 2018, sales were down by a scant 0.4%.