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

The Ford F-Series’ domination is diminishing, at least for now.


  • The Ford F-Series once again tops the nation’s list of most popular trucks and SUVs after the first quarter of 2021.

  • The Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Kona climb up into the top 10 list again, knocking off the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Ford Escape.

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


We’re collectively anxious for the COVID-19 pandemic to wither away, but in the meantime, life goes on and we still need a vehicle to haul the family around and go to work. There’s a strong demand for new vehicles, but dealer inventories are low as due to microchip shortages that are wreaking havoc on worldwide auto production. Nonetheless, here’s the list of the most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada after the first quarter of 2021.

We’ll get to the rankings in a second, but first, some overall sales numbers. Canadian consumers scooped up 384,355 light vehicles in Q1, a 15.6% increase over the same period in 2020, but a 7.1 decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019. The shift to crossovers continues with a 22% increase in light-truck sales, while passenger cars (coupes, sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, convertibles) dipped by 7.8% in Q1 2021.

10. Hyundai Tucson (4,832 units sold)

The Hyundai Tucson regularly drops off from the top 10 list, and then reappears again. It’s back in #10 thanks to a 13.3% increase in sales during the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period of 2020. The crossover actually moved up two spots to regain its place on the list.

9. Mazda CX-5 (6,437 units sold)

2021 Mazda CX-5 | Photo: Mazda

The Japanese brand’s sales suffered considerably during last year’s shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Mazda CX-5 has gained its momentum back with a 42.2% increase in sales during Q1 2021. Despite the significant upward swing, it only managed to move up from 10th to 9th place.

8. Hyundai Kona (6,860 units sold)

The Hyundai Kona is available with gas-powered powertrains in addition to a fully electric system. Sales were up 54.6% in the last quarter, allowing the subcompact to climb from 11th to 8th place on the list of the most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada.

7. Nissan Rogue (9,218 units sold)

2021 Nissan Rogue | Photo: Andrew Jordan

There’s nothing like a redesign to spark interest in a vehicle, and an all-new generation of the Nissan Rogue recently hit the market. Sales are up by a staggering 67.1% compared to the same period last year, and as a result, the crossover gained a spot on the list.

6. Honda CR-V (11,533 units sold)

The Honda CR-V enjoyed a sales increase of 25.6% during the first quarter compared to Q1 2020. That’s enough to retain its 6th place on the top 10 list, but not enough to catch up to the best-selling utility vehicle in Canada.

5. Chevrolet Silverado (14,478 units sold)

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The combined sales of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD amount to a 29.6% year-over-year increase. However, the full-size pickup actually dropped a spot despite that upward momentum.

4. Toyota RAV4 (15,665 units sold)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The Toyota RAV4 is still the top-selling utility vehicle on this list of most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada. The compact crossover saw its sales rise by 44.8%, lifting it from 5th to 4th place.

3. GMC Sierra (16,670 units sold)

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 | Photo: GMC

Thanks to a 41.1% increase in sales during Q1 2021, the GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD duo managed to consolidate its 3rd place on the list and catch up to its rivals occupying the two higher steps on the podium.

2. Ram Pickup (21,367 units sold)

The Ram 1500, Ram 1500 Classic and Ram HD combined for a 11.4% rise in sales during the first quarter of the year, and remained in 2nd place despite the Sierra’s strong performance.

1. Ford F-Series (30,238 units sold)

2021 Ford F-150 | Photo: Ford

Although combined sales of the Silverado and Sierra surpass those of the Ford F-Series, the latter remains the best-selling nameplate on this list of the most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada. The Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty teamed up for a 6.0% increase in sales through Q1 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.

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