Small SUV Sales, Midsize SUV Sales, Large SUV Sales In America – February 2012


U.S. small SUV sales chart February 2012
February 2012 U.S. Small
SUV Sales Chart

As a preface, remember that the U.S new vehicle market grew 16% from February 2011 to February 2012’s 1,15 million vehicles. The SUV story includes many gains greater than that, but many notable declines, as well.

The Honda CR-V was America’s best-selling SUV in February. CR-V sales jumped 30% and are up 23% so far this year. Another Japanese manufacturer, Mazda, sold 2578 two-row utility vehicles in February. Three vehicles accomplished that feat. Mazda sold 2561 two-row crossovers in February of last year. In other words, the CX-5’s impact was small in February, and what impact there was only helped to steal sales from its brethren.

Not a single Jeep reported year-over-year declines in February nor has a single Jeep reported a year-over-year decline through the first two months of this year. The greatest increase among smaller utilities compared with the same period of last year belonged to Mini. Countryman sales jumped 46%. YOY declines belonged to just seven vehicles in the first table below. Apart from the dying Mazda Tribute’s 44% drop, the worst loss was owned by the Kia Sportage. Sales of Kia’s smaller utility dropped 14%.

After the jump you’ll find specific sales numbers for every single mainstream SUV/CUV/crossover on sale in the United States. (Honda didn’t sell an Element in February.) Click any chart for a larger view. Use the dropdown menu at the top right of this page to find monthly and yearly sales data from the U.S. and Canada for any nameplate currently on sale.

Small SUV
February 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
2289
—– 4550 —–
Chevrolet Equinox
17,851
+ 15.7% 31,513 + 11.4%
Dodge Journey
6248
+ 27.9% 10,474 + 18.3%
Ford Escape
18,666
+ 3.7% 35,925 + 12.3%
GMC Terrain
8086
+ 12.5% 13,735 + 1.3%
Honda CR-V
24,759
+ 29.7% 43,719 + 23.4%
Hyundai Santa Fe
3864
– 9.6% 8682 – 0.1%
Hyundai Tucson
3736
+ 11.8% 6852 + 10.4%
Jeep Compass
2780
+ 22.6% 5120 + 38.8%
Jeep Patriot
5120
+ 23.3% 9086 + 19.5%
Jeep Wrangler
9319
+ 22.0% 17,215 + 22.3%
Kia Sorento
8386
– 3.0% 15,708 – 6.3%
Kia Sportage
3410
– 14.0% 6245 – 10.6%
Mazda CX-5
357
—– 357 —–
Mazda CX-7
2106
– 10.6% 5231 + 11.0%
Mazda Tribute
115
– 43.6% 250 – 38.4%
Mini Countryman
1294
+ 46.0% 2553 + 62.4%
Mitsubishi Outlander
741
+ 17.8% 1349 + 10.2%
Mitsubishi
Outlander Sport
1375
+ 6.6% 2493 + 5.9%
Nissan Juke
2947
– 1.3% 5277 – 13.2%
Nissan Rogue
13,423
+ 17.5% 23,327 + 11.9%
Subaru Forester
5565
– 12.1% 10,682 – 12.0%
Suzuki Grand Vitara
434
+ 16.0% 818 – 5.2%
Toyota RAV4
12,677
+ 0.9% 22,496 – 5.3%
Volkswagen Tiguan
2280
+ 5.0% 4588 + 23.6%

U.S. midsize SUV sales chart February 2012

Lambda platform sales at General Motors plunged 16% in February. Remember, the market wasn’t level. Overall new vehicle sales were surging, yet sales of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia were particularly unhealthy. Mazda CX-9 sales dropped 29%. The Subaru Tribeca was down 21%. Toyota 4Runner sales slid 18%. Hyundai Veracruz sales slid 19%.

On the positive side, America’s favourite midsize SUV (a loosely defined segment, it must be said) also managed to post the greatest year-over-year increase of any midsize SUV. Jeep Grand Cherokee sales shot up 47% from 8667 to 12,724. The Grand Cherokee’s lead over its arch nemesis, Ford’s Explorer, now stands at 3001 units through two months of 2012.

Midsize SUV
February 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Enclave
4167
– 19.8% 7291 – 23.6%
Chevrolet Traverse
7966
– 16.4% 14,606 – 19.5%
Dodge Durango
3435
+ 25.8% 6456 + 64.3%
Dodge Nitro
931
– 52.7% 2090 – 46.7%
Ford Edge
10,535
+ 3.9% 18,850 – 1.1%
Ford Explorer
10,440
+ 8.1% 20,406 + 20.0%
Ford Flex
2012
– 14.5% 3477 – 20.2%
GMC Acadia
6630
– 12.2% 11,500 – 13.3%
Honda Pilot
8879
+ 8.0% 15,244 + 2.1%
Hyundai Veracruz
451
– 19.2% 1187 + 4.4%
Jeep Grand Cherokee
12,724
+ 46.8% 23,407 + 43.8%
Jeep Liberty
7369
+ 25.0% 14,194 + 42.7%
Mazda CX-9
2030
– 29.4% 4117 – 16.5%
Mitsubishi Endeavor
99
– 47.9% 193 – 55.2%
Nissan Murano
5045
– 4.0% 8940 + 1.2%
Nissan Pathfinder
2856
+ 19.4% 4937 + 23.9%
Nissan Xterra
1457
+ 12.3% 2918 + 17.9%
Subaru Tribeca
177
– 20.6% 405 – 3.8%
Toyota 4Runner
3068
– 18.4% 5987 – 21.1%
Toyota FJ Cruiser
1046
– 7.8% 1754 – 22.5%
Toyota Highlander
8155
– 5.4% 15,011 – 6.9%

U.S. Large SUV sales chart February 2012

Jumbo SUVs are sold around the world. In reality, the bulk of the market is in the U.S. And one can safely assume the bulk of the U.S. market for very large truck-based sport-utility vehicles is in Texas.

Chevrolet Suburban sales shot up 39% in February 2012. The Suburban trailed only its little brother, the Chevy Tahoe, in terms of overall volume. So far this year, it appears almost as though many potential Tahoe buyers are skipping the smaller of the two large options and heading straight to the Suburban. 

In February 2012, Chevrolet sold 7516 Tahoes and Suburbans. During the same period of last year, Chevrolet sold 7451. In the first two months of 2011, Chevrolet sold 15,075 Tahoes and Suburbans. One year later, Chevrolet sold 14,446, a very small difference. Though Tahoe numbers are way down, it doesn’t speak of bad things going on in Chevrolet showrooms. At least not the Chevy showrooms in Abilene and San Angelo.

Large SUV
February 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Suburban
3304
+ 38.6% 6239 + 32.0%
Chevrolet Tahoe
4212
– 16.9% 8207 – 20.7%
Ford Expedition
3050
+ 7.8% 5400 – 0.8%
GMC Yukon
2125
– 24.6% 4147 – 15.2%
GMC Yukon XL
1244
– 32.6% 2255 – 31.6%
Nissan Armada
1808
+ 0.1% 3210 + 9.5%
Toyota Sequoia
1040
+ 4.2% 2108 + 7.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates a year-over-year decline in sales