If you've been in the market for a new vehicle, it's easy to assume that all cars in the near future will become crossovers, SUVs or trucks. We're not there yet, but there's little to dispute that the extra interior room and readily available all-wheel drive (AWD) that these utility vehicles offer make them an enticing alternative to the traditional passenger car. If you're in the market for a new compact utility vehicle, check out the 10 Most Popular Compact SUVs in Canada. *
10th-place: Subaru Forester
Drive a Subaru Forester, and it will quickly become apparent why Canadians bought 13,059 copies in 2019. The 5-passenger, compact SUV has been one of Subaru’s most popular vehicles year-after-year. While retaining a relatively small footprint (a welcome attribute when driving around town), the AWD Forester still offers useful interior space. Dirt roads and rough weather cause no concerns for the Forester driver.
9th-place: Jeep Cherokee
When it comes to compact SUVs, the 5-passenger, Jeep Cherokee, stands apart with numerous trims, cutting-edge features and genuine off-road capability. Several good reasons why 14,687 Cherokees were purchased last year. In the Trailhawk model, buyers will find a rugged SUV with surprising off-road credentials and a cabin every bit as comfortable and technologically advanced as the best-in-class.
8th-place: Chevrolet Equinox
With 17,846, samples sold in 2019, the Chevrolet Equinox continues to be popular with Canadian compact SUV buyers. A bit larger than most competitors, the 5-passenger Equinox offers a host of high-end features, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard driver assists include forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
7th-place: Volkswagen Tiguan
Making this generation larger with the option of up to 7-passengers, the Volkswagen Tiguan has become more popular than ever. In 2019, 19,250 Tiguans were sold, up over 10 percent from the previous year. With all the compact SUVs buyers have to choose from, the Tiguan stands out with marvellous German ride and handling as well as an ample dose of high-tech wizardry borrowed from the Audi division.
6th-place: Mazda CX-5
The 27,696 Canadians who bought a Mazda CX-5 compact SUV in 2019 seem to be on to something. Priced like its mainstream competition but designed, executed and equipped like an entry-luxury model, the 5-passenger CX-5 provides all the usual equipment and advanced safety features that buyers desire, combined with impressive build quality, reliability and safety ratings. The driving experience is also genuinely engaging.
5th-place: Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV offering the ride comfort, handling and fuel economy of a small car, but in a more versatile design aimed at those with a more active lifestyle. The Tucson shines brightly in the areas of safety and standard equipment, not to mention a 5-year/80,000-kilometre warranty. All good reasons why 30,075 Tuscons were sold in Canada in 2019.
4th-place: Nissan Rogue
With 37,530 examples sold last year, the Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle. The Nissan compact SUV boasts easy, comfortable driving manners, a roomy-for-its-size interior for five passengers and standard tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the 2018 Rogue, Nissan dropped the 3-row seating option and became more focused on maximizing passenger and cargo space for five.
3rd place: Ford Escape
Although an all-new Escape is arriving in 2020, the last generation of Ford’s 5-passenger compact SUV still managed to find 39,503 homes in Canada last year. The outgoing 2019 Escape remains a desirable compact-crossover SUV brimming with features, style and performance.
2nd-place: Honda CR-V
With 55,859 copies sold in 2019, the Honda CR-V continues to be not only one of the country's best-selling compact SUVs but also one of the most popular new vehicles overall. With room for five passengers, ample cargo room, and a turbocharged engine, the CR-V continues to offer a great mix of practicality, excellent build quality, reliably, and competitive fuel economy — a mix Canadian compact SUV buyers seem to enjoy.
1st-place: Toyota RAV4
As the 3rd-best-selling vehicle in Canada in 2019— only behind the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 full-size pickup trucks — the Toyota RAV4 checks off a lot of boxes for Canadian compact SUV buyers. Just ask the 65,248 who bought one last year. For 2019, Toyota improved on what buyers already liked about the RAV4, while improving handling, and adding ground clearance and convenience features.
*Based on manufacturer supplied data for calendar year 2019.