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Most Popular SUVs and Trucks in Canada, Third Quarter of 2021

Full-size pickup sales nosedived in Q3.

  • The Ford F-Series is #1 among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada after the first nine months of 2021.

  • The Toyota RAV4 is still the best-selling crossover in the country.

  • The Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson are back among the top 10, while the Ford Escape and Dodge/Chrysler Grand Caravan dropped off.

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the auto industry last year, but even though consumers are ready to buy a new vehicle, manufacturers are now dealing with a microchip shortage that’s taking its toll on the sales charts. The overall numbers may be down, but the list of the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada hasn’t changed much in Q3 of 2021.

During that third quarter, Canadians bought up 94,464 cars and 350,187 light trucks, the latter being a mix of crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks. Even car-based models such as the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Venue, for example, are now considered trucks. That’s a 12% drop compared to Q3 2020 sales. However, a total of 1,313,044 vehicles were purchased through the first nine months of the year, representing a 13.5% increase over the same period last year.

10. Hyundai Tucson (21,006 units sold)

The Hyundai Tucson regularly moves up and down the number 10 spot on the list, and it’s back within the top 10 best-selling utility vehicles again with 7,546 units sold (-1.3%) during the third quarter and 21,006 units sold (+25.9%) through Q3. It beat out the Ford Escape by a 140 units, which sat in 10th place at the same time last year.

9. Mazda CX-5 (21,942 units sold)

2021 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 sales are up, with a 28.9% increase over the first nine months of 2021 (21,942 units) and a stable performance in the third quarter alone with 7,815 units sold. It has moved up to 9th place on the list of the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, after finishing in 11th place at the same time in 2020.

8. Hyundai Kona (23,761 units sold)

2022 Hyundai Kona | Photo: Hyundai

After the first nine months of 2020, the Hyundai Kona was sitting in 7th place, so the little crossover dropped a notch on the top 10 list. Q3 sales totalled 8,046 units (-21.2%), and through the first nine months, a total of 23,761 units were scooped up (+21.1%).

7. Nissan Rogue (25,454 units sold)

2021 Nissan Rogue | Photo: Andrew Jordan

Redesigned last year, the Nissan Rogue continues to rank among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada, with Q3 sales of 7,992 units (-6.6%) and overall sales of 25,454 units (+38.3%). This performance allowed the Rogue to move up a spot on the list, trading places with the Kona.

6. Chevrolet Silverado (41,365 units sold)

2021 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

Combined sales of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD totalled 41,365 units (+9.3%) through the first nine months of 2021. However, the microchip shortage reduced available dealership inventory, and Q3 sales amounted to just 11,236 units (-22.7%). As a result, the Silverado dropped a spot on the list.

5. GMC Sierra (42,763 units sold)

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD combined to outsell the Silverado in Canada once again, albeit by a small margin. Q3 sales of 9,897 units (-32.1%) clearly indicate the lack of dealer inventory, while overall sales of 42,763 units so far this year (+8.9%) isn’t enough to keep the 4th position it held at the same time last year.

4. Honda CR-V (42,944 units sold)

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

While some automakers are trying to cope with production cuts, the situation seems a little better over at Honda. With Q3 sales of 16,228 units (+9.5%) and overall nine-month sales of 42,944 units (+32.2%), the Honda CR-V moved up from 6th to 4th place among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada—outselling the Sierra by just 181 units.

3. Toyota RAV4 (52,828 units sold)

Seeing Q3 sales of 14,920 units (-29.0%), it’s apparent that Toyota RAV4 inventory is suffering. However, sales through the first nine months of the year amounted to 52,828 units (+27.0%), allowing the compact crossover to maintain its 3rd place on the list compared to last year.

2. Ram Pickup (54,668 units sold)

2020 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel

Combined sales of the Ram 1500 and the Ram HD amounted to 14,884 units (-45.0%) during Q3, and to 54,668 units (-13.6%) through the first nine months of 2021. Again, the microchip shortage is taking its toll on full-size pickup production, and Stellantis is no exception. The Ram Pickup still managed to keep its #2 spot.

1. Ford F-Series (88,421 units sold)

It’s been a tough year for the Ford F-150 and Super Duty, with production cuts and tight dealer inventory. Still, despite a 39.9% sales drop during the third quarter alone (29,100 units), and a 15.7% drop through the first nine months of 2021 (88,421 units), the Ford F-Series easily stayed on top among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada.

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