Small SUV Sales, Midsize SUV Sales, Large SUV Sales – April 2012


2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility
U.S. small SUV sales chart April 2012
U.S. April 2012 Small SUV Sales Chart
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Sales of numerous smaller SUVs and crossovers fell sharply in April 2012 even as the whole category of “light trucks”  (pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans) increased 2.7% compared with April of last year. The Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi’s Outlander and Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen’s Tiguan all reported declines. 

This April did have three fewer selling days than April 2011. On a daily sales rate basis, the RAV4 and Tucson, for example, were actually up 10% and 8%, respectively. But the Kia Sportage’s harsh 31% slide simply speaks to a bad month in what has so far been something of a bad year. Volkswagen’s Tiguan, despite its April struggles, is up 13% through the first one-third of 2012. The Ford Escape, of course, is about to be replaced. The old outgoing Escape is presently forming the majority of inventory. 

U.S. April 2012 midsize SUV sales chart
U.S. April 2012
Midsize SUV Sales Chart

Elsewhere at Ford, America’s top-selling brand, utility vehicle sales were particularly strong in April. The Edge, Expedition, Explorer, and Flex combined for a 13.2% increase, or 3750 more units. 667 of those sales were Explorer Police Interceptors. The Ford PIU outsold the Ford PIS by 120 units.

Over at the Japanese brands, the Armada, Juke, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Xterra accounted for 26.3% of all Nissan sales. Honda’s two remaining utilities were responsible for 29.5% of Honda’s U.S. April sales. The popular new CX-5 helped Mazda’s shrinking crossover division (the Tribute and CX-7 are bidding America farewell) grab 30.3% of the brand’s total April volume. 

U.S. April 2012 Large SUV Sales Chart

35.1% of the Mitsubishis sold in April were either Outlanders, Outlander Sports, or Endeavors. Only 22.1% of Subaru USA volume was utility-derived: Subaru only sold 154 Tribecas and Forester sales slid 16%. Suzuki has little relevance, but the Grand Vitara (and a single XL7 sale) meant 17.2% of the Sidekick’s hardly recognizable brand’s sales were SUVs. The 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, RAV4, and Sequoia accounted for 19.6% of Toyota brand sales. 

Monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models and every other nameplate currently on sale can be accessed through the dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home. Click any of the accompanying charts for a larger view. After the jump, April 2012 and year-to-date SUV/crossover sales data is contrasted with April of last year and the first third of 2011.

Small SUV
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
3493
—– 10,713 —–
Chevrolet Equinox
18,282
+ 7.1% 69,859 + 15.9%
Dodge Journey
5933
+ 29.0% 24,066 + 28.2%
Ford Escape
16,986
– 20.0% 75,590 – 2.1%
GMC Terrain
7839
+ 8.8% 30,035 + 11.0%
Honda CR-V
23,627
+ 9.0% 98,214 + 24.1%
Hyundai Santa Fe
6318
+ 9.5% 20,853 + 3.4%
Hyundai Tucson
3909
– 3.6% 14,958 + 1.3%
Jeep Compass
3616
– 10.7% 12,723 + 11.2%
Jeep Patriot
5261
+ 13.5% 21,226 + 19.0%
Jeep Wrangler
12,184
+ 34.6% 41,956 + 31.4%
Kia Sorento
9610
– 19.9% 35,621 – 10.6%
Kia Sportage
3277
– 30.8% 13,165 – 19.9%
Mazda CX-5
3521
—– 7507 —–
Mazda CX-7
1388
– 51.7% 8667 – 21.2%
Mazda Tribute
87
– 58.2% 499 – 37.9%
Mini Countryman
1533
– 10.3% 5665 + 13.1%
Mitsubishi Outlander
619
– 29.4% 2672 – 13.3%
Mitsubishi
Outlander Sport
1187
– 15.3% 5323 + 3.2%
Nissan Juke
2887
– 12.0% 12,329 – 8.3%
Nissan Rogue
8563
+ 1.6% 48,862 + 12.4%
Subaru Forester
5666
– 15.6% 22,540 – 14.9%
Suzuki Grand Vitara
304
– 20.6% 1669 – 5.3%
Toyota RAV4
15,196
– 2.5% 55,061 – 0.7%
Volkswagen Tiguan
2333
– 16.4% 9580 + 13.1%

Midsize SUV
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Enclave
5000
– 4.4% 15,950 – 18.9%
Chevrolet Traverse
7752
– 19.8% 29,443 – 18.3%
Dodge Durango
3257
– 35.7% 14,303 + 6.9%
Dodge Nitro
227
– 89.7% 2892 – 65.0%
Ford Edge
10,520
+ 12.4% 43,428 + 6.4%
Ford Explorer
14,086
+ 11.9% 47,731 + 13.4%
Ford Flex
2724
+ 41.4% 9531 + 8.9%
GMC Acadia
6087
– 11.9% 23,236 – 12.6%
Honda Pilot
8827
– 7.0% 34,168 + 0.4%
Hyundai Veracruz
476
– 25.5% 2285 – 6.7%
Jeep Grand Cherokee
11,834
+ 20.7% 49,337 + 37.4%
Jeep Liberty
5789
+ 19.5% 27,588 + 37.9%
Mazda CX-9
1523
– 44.6% 7553 – 33.2%
Mitsubishi Endeavor
45
– 97.5% 315 – 90.7%
Nissan Murano
3009
– 9.6% 18,152 + 1.7%
Nissan Pathfinder
2057
+ 26.5% 10,267 + 23.1%
Nissan Xterra
1104
+ 0.5% 5705 + 11.1%
Subaru Tribeca
154
– 36.1% 742 – 18.5%
Toyota 4Runner
3783
– 6.1% 13,837 – 13.4%
Toyota FJ Cruiser
994
– 20.2% 4073 – 16.3%
Toyota Highlander
9352
+ 5.2% 35,408 + 1.6%

Large SUV
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Suburban
3463
– 4.2% 13,355 + 18.2%
Chevrolet Tahoe
5845
+ 7.1% 19,678 – 13.1%
Ford Expedition
3335
+ 3.8% 11,757 – 4.4%
GMC Yukon
1762
– 9.0% 7879 – 17.1%
GMC Yukon XL
1188
– 2.9% 4836 – 19.9%
Nissan Armada
1118
– 4.4% 6155 + 0.7%
Toyota Sequoia
882
– 11.5% 4113 + 1.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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