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

2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Sport red
September 2012 U.S. small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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America's seven biggest mainstream sport-utility vehicles aren't nearly as mainstream this year as they were last. Sales of these brutish septuplets, which are marketed by General Motors, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota - have fallen 7.3% through the first three quarters of this year. That's a loss of 13,360 units.

Nissan has sold a few more Armadas this year than last, although Armada sales were down 26% in September 2012. The Chevrolet Suburban, a Good 12-winning machine, posted an 805-unit increase through the end of September. And sales of the most infrequently purchased full-size SUV, the Toyota Sequoia, are up 6.1%. As a group, these seven SUVs form 1.5% of the new vehicle market, down from 1.9% in the first nine months of 2011.

U.S. midsize SUV sales chart September 2012
Midsize SUV Sales Chart
The Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Chevrolet Equinox are all selling significantly more often than they were last year. These three vehicles are America's best-selling utilities. They're not just a lot smaller than the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia, they're also a lot cheaper. The trio accounts for 5.3% of all U.S. new vehicle sales in 2012, up from 5.2% during the same period of last year. 

The Sequoia's base price is 85% higher than the RAV4's, the Expedition's base price is 78% higher than the Escape's, and the Tahoe's base price is 65% higher than the Equinox's. It's not all about fuel economy. The rise of the small crossover and the decline of the jumbo SUV has something to do with price, well. Ten years ago, the Expedition's base price was 64% higher than the Escape's. (Tahoe and Sequoia prices haven't risen so sharply in comparison to the small GM and Toyota SUVs of the day.) 

The Ford Expedition easily outsold the Escape in 2002, partly because it was comparably more affordable than it is now, partly because interest rates were low and loans were easy to acquire, partly because gas prices were closer to $1.30 than $3.60. By the way, the picture at the top of this page is of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. With two doors. It's the Range Rover Evoque's long lost uncle.

U.S. large SUV sales chart September 2012
Large SUV Sales Chart
At this point in 2011, only three utility vehicles had sold on more than 100,000 occasions; no SUV or crossover nameplate had sold more than 200,000 copies. Through the first three quarters of 2012, eight SUV/CUV nameplates have sold more than 100,000 times; two have sold more than 200,000 units.

Two of those 100K+ players are two of America's most well-known SUVs. 3.5% of the Ford Explorer's 117,803-unit total is derived from the Explorer Police Interceptor. As for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, no midsize SUV has posted a better year-over-year improvement. Its 30.7% climb is bettered only by smaller crossovers like the Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V, Mini Countryman, and Toyota RAV4.

Historical monthly and yearly sales results for 282 different vehicles can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. Click any model in the tables below to go directly to its specific sales results page.

After the jump you'll find detailed September and year-to-date sales info for more than 50 SUV nameplates. The three accompanying charts rank SUVs by volume rather than listing them alphabetically; click any of the charts for a larger view. GoodCarBadCar added the new Subaru XV Crosstrek to the car sales charts yesterday.

Small SUV
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
2849
-----27,148-----
15,835
+ 2.2%166,862+ 15.0%
7627
+ 41.2%59,351+ 42.3%
23,148
+ 14.5%200,075+ 6.5%
7486
+ 8.3%70,826+ 11.6%
22,268
+ 13.6%213,381+ 32.5%
7378
+ 18.8%50,961- 12.1%
4573
+ 22.8%37,844+ 8.4%
3535
- 20.1%31,903- 6.2%
5428
+ 42.4%49,061+ 15.0%
12,097
+ 6.2%108,477+ 18.0%
10,066
- 9.4%88,164- 11.6%
2884
- 19.6%30,169- 18.7%
4468
-----29,372-----
140
- 97.1%11,327- 59.3%
2002
+ 65.9%15,345+ 36.1%
603
- 28.4%5909- 20.1%
2253
+ 49.0%13,126+ 5.1%
3195
- 3.5%28,096+ 2.3%
12,106
+ 12.7%109,763+ 20.1%
6066
- 8.0%56,571+ 0.3%
345
- 7.3%3761- 0.5%
13,796
+ 80.4%134,167+ 39.6%
2202
+ 35.3%22,854+ 14.2%

Midsize SUV
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
4210
- 13.5%41,561- 6.4%
5687
- 27.8%67,042- 19.7%
2986
- 39.3%30,052- 23.1%
24
- 98.9%3240- 82.7%
10,771
- 7.8%96,987+ 6.8%
14,049
+ 23.9%117,803+ 21.5%
1518
- 27.2%22,960+ 8.8%
6159
+ 16.5%63,857+ 3.0%
10,045
- 2.5%85,288+ 4.4%
7378
+ 18.8%50,961- 12.1%
1224
+ 49.8%7340+ 7.4%
12,539
+ 18.5%112,075+ 30.7%
5646
+ 5.3%63,674+ 29.1%
10,066
- 9.4%88,164- 11.6%
2000
- 52.4%17,339- 30.9%
16
- 97.9%483- 94.7%
3685
- 17.8%39,322+ 1.7%
3205
+ 38.7%23,542+ 24.7%
1408
- 10.1%13,500+ 3.2%
139
- 45.7%1538- 21.9%
4057
+ 12.8%35,299+ 8.5%
1187
+ 3.8%9920- 4.8%
10,927
+ 44.8%90,481+ 23.8%

Large SUV
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
3254
- 38.0%33,860+ 2.4%
4696
- 46.7%49,481- 12.6%
3695
+ 6.4%28,227- 3.4%
2071
- 38.0%19,149- 21.3%
2280
- 7.0%15,668- 8.1%
1148
- 26.0%13,150+ 0.3%
963
+ 12.0%9236+ 6.1%
Source: Manufacturers

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