August 2012 Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales In America


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U.S. August 2012 small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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We don’t expect Mitsubishi to sell many copies of cars the company no longer builds. But that doesn’t excuse the Outlander, does it? Also sold in by PSA as the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 in Europe – where neither are particularly sought after – the Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the worst-selling small crossovers in America in August 2012. Only Mazda’s defunct Tribute and CX-7 and Suzuki’s forgotten Grand Vitara sold less often.

Admittedly, the Outlander must do battle in its own showroom with the Outlander Sport, something the bigger vehicle didn’t need to do when the company sold 34,088 Outlanders in 2003 and 23,285 Outlanders in 2007. But even if we ignore and excuse the regular Outlander’s weak performance, we can’t deny the fact that Outlander Sport sales are in decline as well, falling 1% through eight months in a market which has recorded a 15% increase.

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

Quite clearly Mitsubishi isn’t the story of the U.S. SUV/CUV market. Ford sold 59,508 utility vehicles in August 2012, including 695 Explorer Police Interceptors. (Keep in mind, even without the PI Utility, the Explorer remains 666 sales ahead of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in year-to-date standings.). 

Collectively, GM’s Lambda platform was down 13.6% in August 2012. GMC and Chevy full-size SUVs fell 36% as a group, as well. But General Motors still sold, with Buick and Cadillac included, 78,731 SUVs and crossovers in August. As an SUV-only conglomerate, General Motors sold more vehicles in August than the whole Volkswagen Group and BMW-Mini combined.

USA August 2012 large SUV sales chart
Large SUV Sales Chart

The Ford Escape was America’s best-selling utility vehicle in August 2012 but, year-to-date, trailed the Honda CR-V by more than 14,000 units going into September. We’ve included tweeners from Hyundai and Kia – the Santa Fe and Sorento – in both the small and midsize categories for August. See how you like it. Are they Escape rivals or Edge rivals? Or even Explorer alternatives? This way they line up both ways. 

Constant reminder: historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these nameplates are available through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. After the jump you’ll find detailed August and year-to-date sales info on dozens of utility vehicles.

Small SUV
August
2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
2464
—– 24,299 —–
Chevrolet Equinox
20,231
+ 21.8% 151,027 + 16.6%
Dodge Journey
7922
+ 57.8% 51,724 + 42.5%
Ford Escape
28,188
+ 36.8% 176,927 + 5.5%
GMC Terrain
9143
+ 16.1% 63,340 + 12.0%
Honda CR-V
23,877
+ 44.1% 191,113 + 35.1%
Hyundai Santa Fe
4524
– 48.8% 43,583 – 15.8%
Hyundai Tucson
5376
+ 29.4% 33,271 + 6.7%
Jeep Compass
3756
– 14.6% 28,368 – 4.1%
Jeep Patriot
5056
– 0.7% 43,633 + 12.3%
Jeep Wrangler
13,293
+ 2.7% 96,380 + 19.7%
Kia Sorento
10,529
– 22.4% 78,098 – 11.9%
Kia Sportage
3097
– 26.6% 27,285 – 18.6%
Mazda CX-5
4665
—– 24,904 —–
Mazda CX-7
204
– 95.1% 11,187 – 51.2%
Mazda Tribute
2
– 99.3% 505 – 73.4%
Mini Countryman
2050
+ 219% 13,343 + 32.5%
Mitsubishi Outlander
607
– 24.5% 5306 – 19.0%
Mitsubishi
Outlander Sport
1361
– 13.0% 10,873 – 1.0%
Nissan Juke
3213
– 7.2% 24,901 + 3.1%
Nissan Rogue
12,626
+ 10.1% 97,657 + 21.1%
Subaru Forester
6956
+ 8.2% 50,505 + 1.4%
Suzuki Grand Vitara
381
– 18.9% 3416 + 0.3%
Toyota RAV4
15,685
+ 141% 120,371 + 36.1%
Volkswagen Tiguan
2746
+ 36.9% 20,652 + 12.3%

Midsize SUV
August 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Enclave
5125
– 4.9% 37,351 – 5.5%
Chevrolet Traverse
6743
– 40.2% 61,355 – 18.8%
Dodge Durango
2884
– 44.8% 27,066 – 20.8%
Dodge Nitro
34
– 98.6% 3216 – 80.5%
Ford Edge
11,603
+ 23.3% 86,216 + 9.0%
Ford Explorer
13,863
+ 40.0% 103,754 + 21.2%
Ford Flex
2635
– 6.7% 21,442 + 12.7%
GMC Acadia
8148
+ 25.5% 57,698 + 1.7%
Honda Pilot
10,610
+ 8.0% 75,243 + 5.4%
Hyundai Santa Fe
4524
– 48.8% 43,583 – 15.8%
Hyundai Veracruz
963
+ 12.4% 6116 + 1.6%
Jeep Grand Cherokee
12,848
+ 13.5% 99,536 + 32.4%
Jeep Liberty
7886
+ 15.1% 58,028 + 32.0%
Kia Sorento
10,529
– 22.4% 78,098 – 11.9%
Mazda CX-9
2252
– 16.8% 15,339 – 26.6%
Mitsubishi Endeavor
15
– 99.2% 467 – 94.4%
Nissan Murano
4095
– 20.0% 35,637 + 4.2%
Nissan Pathfinder
2472
+ 18.1% 20,337 + 22.7%
Nissan Xterra
1550
– 11.7% 12,092 + 5.0%
Subaru Tribeca
157
– 23.4% 1399 – 18.4%
Toyota 4Runner
4542
+ 25.9% 31,242 + 8.0%
Toyota FJ Cruiser
1318
+ 15.0% 8733 – 5.9%
Toyota Highlander
11,441
+ 42.2% 79,554 + 21.4%

Large SUV
August 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Suburban
3093
– 37.4% 30,606 + 10.1%
Chevrolet Tahoe
5458
– 32.4% 44,785 – 6.4%
Ford Expedition
3219
– 14.1% 24,532 – 4.7%
GMC Yukon
2211
– 38.5% 17,078 – 18.7%
GMC Yukon XL
1594
– 42.3% 13,388 – 8.3%
Nissan Armada
1165
– 14.1% 12,002 + 3.8%
Toyota Sequoia
1004
+ 9.5% 8273 + 5.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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