2012 Year End Top 25 Best-Selling SUVs In America

2013 Honda CR-V red
Not The Prettiest Vehicle In The Top 25,
But It Tops All Challengers
We knew months ago that the Ford Escape stood no chance. The Honda CR-V was bound to end 2012 as the best-selling SUV in the United States. Did we expect it to do so with a 29% improvement? Not so much.

The CR-V is one of two Hondas in this group of 25 SUVs and crossovers and one of eight Japanese-brand utility vehicles. Add to those Japanese SUVs two Korean nameplates and you see that, while not to the extent that it does so in the truck market, American manufacturers remain very strong players in the SUV category. 

15 of the top 25 is one thing, but Detroit brands also ended 2012 with 60% of the ten best sellers. Like the four Japanese brand vehicles in the top ten, those six American SUVs all recorded year-over-year increases in 2012.


GoodCarBadCar.net has already published U.S. brand rankings for 2012 and truck and car best seller lists - you can find links to those posts at the bottom of this post. The table below ranks America's 25 favourite SUVs and crossovers by 2012 volume, but if you're looking for more complete data or information on another vehicle, use the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home. Select a make and/or model and away you go.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
2012
2011
% Change
#1
Honda CR-V
281,652218,373+ 29.0%
#2
Ford Escape
261,008254,293+ 2.6%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
218,621193,274+ 13.1%
#4
Toyota RAV4
171,877132,237+ 30.0%
#5
Ford Explorer
164,207135,704+ 21.0%
#6
Jeep Grand Cherokee
154,734127,744+ 21.1%
#7
Nissan Rogue
142,349124,543+ 14.3%
#8
Jeep Wrangler
141,669122,460+ 15.7%
#9
Ford Edge
127,969121,702+ 5.1%
#10
Toyota Highlander
121,055101,252+ 19.6%
#11
Kia Sorento
119,597130,235- 8.2%
#12
Honda Pilot
114,848116,297- 1.2%
#13
GMC Terrain
97,78683,179+ 17.6%
#14
Lexus RX
95,38182,595+ 15.5%
#15
Chevrolet Traverse
85,606107,131- 20.1%
#16
Dodge Journey
79,56355,155+ 44.3%
#17
GMC Acadia
78,28079,288- 1.3%
#18
Subaru Forester
76,34776,196+ 0.2%
#19
Jeep Liberty
75,48366,684+ 13.2%
#20
Hyundai Santa Fe
71,01674,391- 4.5%
#21
Chevrolet Tahoe
68,90480,527- 14.4%
#22
Jeep Patriot
62,01054,647+ 13.5%
#23
Cadillac SRX
57,48556,905+ 1.0%
#24
Buick Enclave
56,70358,392- 2.9%
#25
Nissan Murano
51,67553,626- 3.6%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 

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