July 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America


2012 Jeep Patriot

Multiple recalls for both the old and new models were enough to bring down U.S. Ford Escape sales, but not enough to give top-ranked status to the year-to-date leading Honda CR-V. The Escape squeaked out a narrow victory over the CR-V in July 2012 but trails the Honda by more than 18,000 units through seven months.

Jeep landed four of its five models on this list of America’s 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers. The company’s best-selling model in July was the Wrangler, but Wrangler sales were in decline, year-over-year. America’s five best-selling SUVs were all direct rivals. The Ford Explorer, with Police Interceptor Utility sales included, is now 3203 sales ahead of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

11 different brands are represented in July’s top 20. Dodge, Subaru, Lexus, Kia, and Nissan participated with one model each. Pertinent links are clickable at the bottom of this post. Use the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or near the top right of this page to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these vehicles.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
July 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford Escape
21,572 – 11.6% 148,739 + 1.2%
#2
Honda CR-V
20,554 + 47.4% 167,236 + 33.9%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
19,906 + 16.5% 130,796 + 15.8%
#4
Toyota RAV4
15,248 + 73.0% 104,686 + 27.7%
#5
Nissan Rogue
13,193 + 17.2% 85,031 + 22.9%
#6
Jeep Wrangler
12,216 – 14.9% 83,087 + 22.9%
#7
Ford Explorer
11,997 + 21.2% 89,891 + 18.7%
#8
Jeep Grand Cherokee
11,571 + 21.8% 86,688 + 35.7%
#9
Toyota Highlander
10,669 + 11.7% 68,113 + 18.5%
#10
Kia Sorento
10,045 – 24.3% 67,569 – 10.0%
#11
Honda Pilot
9757 – 2.0% 64,633 + 5.0%
#12
Ford Edge
9177 – 5.7% 74,613 + 7.1%
#13
Jeep Liberty
7803 + 34.3% 50,142 + 35.1%
#14
GMC Terrain
7595 + 4.0% 54,197 + 11.4%
#15
GMC Acadia
7390 – 29.1% 49,550 – 1.4%
#16
Lexus RX
7357 + 34.5% 51,374 + 13.4%
#17
Dodge Journey
7051 + 68.7% 43,802 + 40.0%
#18
Subaru Forester
6453 + 3.8% 43,549 + 0.4%
#19
Chevrolet Tahoe
6053 + 5.4% 39,327 – 1.1%
#20
Jeep Patriot
5870 + 27.7% 38,577 + 14.3%

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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