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Most Popular Trucks and SUVs in Canada in 2021

The usual suspects make up the list.


  • The Ford F-Series is once again tops among the most popular trucks and SUVs in 2021.

  • Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra switch places.

  • Toyota RAV4 is Canada’s best-selling crossover again.


The numbers are out, and not much has changed in the list of the top 10 most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada for the 2021 calendar year. It’s the same rowdy crew of pickup trucks and crossovers that make up the ranking, and the same order as they were at the end of 2020, with one exception.

In Canada, light-duty vehicles totalled 1,660,282 sales, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year. Passenger cars such as sedans and hatchbacks represented 19.5% of that sum, while pickup trucks accounted for 26.3%, and SUVs and crossovers made up the remaining 54.2%.

10. Ford Escape (25,960 units sold)

2021 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is in a constant battle with the Hyundai Tucson for the last place on this list, and although the Tucson led the Escape by a few units after Q3 2021, the Ford managed to regain its 10th place finish for the year, as it did at the end of 2020. Sales were down 12.6% through the fourth quarter, but up 9.3% throughout 2021.

9. Mazda CX-5 (26,571 units sold)

2021 Mazda CX-5

Hanging on to its 9th place finish, the Mazda CX-5 saw its sales drop by a significant 41.6% during the fourth quarter, but the Japanese brand nonetheless ended up moving out 6.5% more units of its best-selling model in 2021.

8. Nissan Rogue (29,926 units sold)

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD | Photo: Olivier Delorme

It was a tough fourth quarter for the Nissan Rogue, with a sales decrease of 41.1% compared to the same period in 2020, but with a 2021 overall sales increase of 15.1%, the compact crossover consolidated its 8th place among the most popular trucks and SUVs in this year.

7. Hyundai Kona (31,101 units sold)

2022 Hyundai Kona | Photo: Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona outsold its Tucson stablemate in Canada, and outperformed most of its competitors with a 4.5% sales gain in Q4 2021. In comparison, overall sales in the country were down 12.4% during the last three months of the year. The Kona also saw an increase of 16.7% throughout the year, cementing its position in 7th place.

6. Honda CR-V (50,935 units sold)

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

There’s a significant gap between the Kona and the Honda CR-V on the sales charts. The latter had a difficult fourth quarter with a 33.5% drop in sales, but increased its 2021 calendar year tally by 14.5%. That’s enough to remain in 6th place.

5. Chevrolet Silverado (51,684 units sold)

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The only change in among the most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada this year is a switcheroo between the Chevrolet Silverado and its corporate cousin. The Chevy saw its sales drop by 31.6% in the fourth quarter, and by 2.1% through the course of the year. The Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD are now being built in Oshawa.

4. GMC Sierra (53,757 units sold)

Combined sales of the GMC Sierra and Sierra HD amounted to a 10.1% drop in Q4, but a 4.4% increase throughout 2021. That was enough to surpass the Silverado and regain 4th place, as the Sierra is usually the most popular of the two in Canada. However, the Chevy is now being built in Canada while the GMC is not, and a “buy local” effect might influence the sales numbers between GM’s two full-size pickups in 2022.

3. Toyota RAV4 (61,934 units sold)

2021 Toyota RAV4 LE FWD | Photo: Olivier Delorme

With a 44.3% drop in sales, the Toyota RAV4 had a tough end to the 2021 calendar year as vehicle inventories are tight due to the ongoing microchip shortage. However, it kept a very comfortable lead over the CR-V with a 6.8% increase in sales throughout the year. The RAV4 is once again the country’s best-selling crossover.

2. Ram Pickup (73,467 units sold)

The Ram 1500 and Ram HD pickups saw their combined sales decrease by 8.0% in the fourth quarter, and by 12.2% over the course of 2021. However, Stellantis’ best-selling vehicle still managed to outperform every model on the list, expect the usual one.

1. Ford F-Series (116,401 units sold)

2022 Ford Super Duty Photo: Ford

Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty sales were down again this year, by 9.5% throughout the calendar year. However, the full-size pickups managed a 17.8% gain in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2020, and are once again tops among the most popular trucks and SUVs in Canada.

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