Together, the Chevrolet Equinox and its GMC Terrain fraternal twin, found 22,407 American buyers in September 2011. That’s more than 2000 sales beyond the class-leading and overall best-selling SUV in America, Ford’s Escape.
Speaking of the Escape, Ford announced this week that the company would forego the V6 option on the next Escape (set to be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show) while offering a basic four-cylinder and two turbocharged versions, a 1.6L and 2.0L. The smaller EcoBoost turbo is said to achieve better fuel economy than the current Escape Hybrid, a vehicle which will likely disappear.
If the new Escape looks anything like the Vertrek Concept from the last Detroit auto show, Ford will undoubtedly have a hit on its hands. But will they be able to keep the price as low and the incentives as high as they are on the current Escape? Let’s be honest, the current Escape is not top-of-the-class material, but it sells in vast numbers both in the United States and Canada because you probably won’t pay as much in monthly payment terms.
As for some of the one-on-one battles from the small SUV class’s September 2011 U.S. sales results, the Nissan Juke beat the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by 1798 sales; the Mini Countryman was 305 units behind the Mitsubishi. Hyundai’s Tucson out-sold its surging platform-mate, the Kia Sportage, by 135 sales. Meanwhile, Mazda CX-7 sales jumped 91% in September – the CX-9 was up 74%.. See it all in the small SUV sales chart below, scroll down for a look at midsize and large sport-utes and crossovers.
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