November 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America


2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Cayenne Red

America’s 20 top-selling SUVs and crossovers accounted for 219,682 of America’s 1.14 million new vehicle sales in November 2012. The Ford Escape trailed the leading Honda CR-V by 1363 units, but was the highest-selling of four American brand SUVs in the top five. Year-to-date, the CR-V’s 15,042-unit lead over the Escape is not something that can be overcome in December, particularly if CR-V sales continue to rise and Escape sales continue to fall.

The chief newcomer on November 2012’s list of the 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers in America is the Nissan Pathfinder. With 23% of its year-to-date sales coming in the eleventh month of the year, the Pathfinder nameplate owes much to the fourth-gen model that was recently introduced with more of a crossover angle. 

The best Pathfinder sales year in the last decade was 2005, when 76,156 were sold. It seems unlikely that Nissan could sell 8000 Pathfinders each month now, but if it did, that 96,000 annual rate would have a hugely negative impact on the Murano, or at least one would think. Ford is doing a fine job of selling a big crossover-that-used-to-be-a-truck, the Explorer, alongside the smaller Edge and the better-selling Escape. Perhaps Nissan can do the same with the Pathfinder, smaller Murano, and better-selling Rogue.

All 265 Vehicles Ranked By U.S. November 2012 YTD Sales
12 different auto brands are represented in this month’s top 20 list, although they hail from just eight different auto manufacturing entities. The Lexus RX was the only premium brand vehicle to crack the top 20, although you will soon be seeing in this month’s luxury SUV sales post that Cadillac SRX sales shot up 13% to 5340 and BMW had a great month with the X5 and X3. 

GoodCarBadCar makes all these sales figures readily available through the Sales Stats homepage where you can select any make, model, overarching manufacturer, or the total market. America’s 20 best-selling cars have already been published along with brand-by-brand rankings and the country’s five favourite trucks.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
November 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Honda CR-V
22,333 + 36.0% 255,919 + 30.0%
#2
Ford Escape
20,970 – 3.9% 240,877 + 5.3%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
16,821 + 12.6% 199,070 + 13.7%
#4
Ford Explorer
14,940 + 15.9% 146,963 + 20.6%
#5
Jeep Grand Cherokee
13,619 + 0.5% 137,613 + 24.7%
#6
Nissan Rogue
12,662 + 16.8% 130,861 + 16.6%
#7
Toyota RAV4
12,423 + 9.6% 157,526 + 33.3%
#8
Kia Sorento
10,851 + 12.2% 108,630 – 9.2%
#9
Jeep Wrangler
10,337 + 12.1% 130,124 + 17.2%
#10
Ford Edge
10,142 + 4.7% 115,535 + 5.4%
#11
Toyota Highlander
9474 + 13.2% 108,864 + 21.7%
#12
Honda Pilot
9366 – 10.7% 103,482 – 1.1%
#13
Lexus RX
8871 + 17.0% 82,847 + 16.5%
#14
GMC Terrain
8158 + 44.3% 86,270 + 14.3%
#15
Nissan Pathfinder
8097 + 249% 34,682 + 49.0%
#16
Hyundai Santa Fe
6754 + 10.2% 63,737 – 8.0%
#17
Dodge Journey
6569 + 77.0% 71,875 + 42.5%
#18
Chevrolet Tahoe
5895 – 29.8% 60,302 – 16.4%
#19
Subaru Forester
5703 – 2.2% 67,583 – 0.02%
#20
Chevrolet Traverse
5697 – 20.3% 78,176 – 20.1%

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

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