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What are the most popular SUVs in Australia? We reveal which SUVs Aussies love most

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

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In 2021, SUVs continued their reign as the most popular body style of choice for Australians wanting a new car. 

Once again, Toyota was the brand of choice for a mid- or large-size SUV, landing three models in the top 10. 

So what was the best selling SUV for 2021? The winner came in as the Toyota RAV4, which sold an impressive 35,751 units. This midsize SUV may continue to lead the pack in 2022 as the new model is set to arrive in showrooms by February. 

Toyota Hybrid range
The Toyota RAV4 came out on top as the best-selling SUV for 2021

Following not so close behind was the Mazda CX-5 midsize SUV which managed to sell 24,968 units. That’s 10,783 units less than the number one spot, the Toyota RAV4, showing just how dominant the Toyota model is on Australian roads. 

Next up was another Toyota favourite, the large Land Cruiser Prado 4WD, which sold 21,299 units in 2021. 

Chinese brand MG continued to surprise better-known manufacturers with its well received ZS small SUV, which found 18,423 customers last year. 

Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2021 front
The CX-5 was popular but couldn’t beat the RAV4 with its large sales

Mitsubishi then nabbed the position of fifth and sixth with the ASX small SUV (14,764) and the Outlander midsize SUV (14,572), both performing well against such powerhouses such as Toyota and Mazda

Toyota returned for position seven on the list with the Land Cruiser, where the brand combines numbers for the outgoing 200 Series, new 300 Series and the traditional 76 Series wagons combined into one number. Toyota moved 14,356 across all three types of Land Cruiser.

Rounding out the pack was the Hyundai Tucson (14,194), Nissan X-Trail (13,860) and Mazda CX-30 (13,309), the last of which beat its related sibling, the CX-3, into the top 10 spot. 

Toyota Prado 2021 in the desert
The Toyota Prado remains a fan favourite in the four-wheel driving scene

Toyota had the most cars in the top 20 SUV list with four entries, followed close behind by Mazda and Subaru who each had three entries. 

Top 20 best-selling SUVs in Australia – 2021 

  1. Toyota RAV4 – 35,751
  2. Mazda CX-5 – 24,968
  3. Toyota Prado – 21,299
  4. MG ZS – 18,423
  5. Mitsubishi ASX – 14,764
  6. Mitsubishi Outlander – 14,572
  7. Toyota Land Cruiser – 14,356
  8. Hyundai Tucson – 14,194
  9. Nissan X-Trail – 13,860
  10. Mazda CX-30 – 13,309
  11. Mazda CX-3 – 12,873
  12. Hyundai Kona – 12,748
  13. Subaru Forester – 11,810
  14. Isuzu MU-X – 10,618
  15. Subaru Outback – 10,490
  16. Subaru XV – 9342
  17. Toyota Kluger – 9320
  18. Kia Seltos – 8884
  19. Ford Everest – 8359
  20. Kia Sportage – 7949