January 2013 Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America

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Non-Police Explorer Sales Rose 46% In The U.S. In January 2013
After its best-ever 2012, the Honda CR-V stumbled early on in 2013, falling back to second spot on this list of America's 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers. The Ford Escape, sales of which jumped 15.5% in January, took over the top spot, a position it battled for in 2012 but ultimately lost to the CR-V.

The CR-V was one of eight Japanese brand utility vehicles in the top 20 in January. None posted as sharp an increase as the 17th-ranked Nissan Pathfinder, sales of which tripled compared with January 2012. Nissan's Rogue was the eight-best-selling SUV in America in 2012 despite a 10% decline.

The eight Japanese brand utilities were joined by two Korean nameplates: the closely related Hyundai Santa Fe and stronger-selling Kia Sorento. Sales of both models improved noticeably in January, and the Sorento's transition to a similar-looking but substantially altered 2014 model should provide another boost. 


That leaves the Escape and nine other Detroit brand SUVs. Three Jeeps, three Fords, two Chevrolets, one GMC, and one Dodge round out the group. Of the 20, only the CR-V and Rogue posted year-over-year declines. The Detroit utilities were led by the Escape, but on the improvement front, the Ford Explorer, GMC Terrain, and Dodge Journey led with 53%, 51%, and 93% improvements. 4.3%, or 653, of the Explorer's total was Police Interceptor-derived.

GCBC has already posted lists of America's 20 best-selling passenger cars and figures for every truck, best sellers and poor sellers alike. You can find historic monthly and yearly sales figures for the 20 top-selling SUVs in the table below and for every other vehicle on sale in America by accessing the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
January 2013
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford Escape
19,939 + 15.5% 19,939 + 15.5%
#2
Honda CR-V
17,809 - 6.1% 17,809 - 6.1%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
17,223 + 26.1% 17,223 + 26.1%
#4
Ford Explorer
15,207 + 52.6% 15,207 + 52.6%
#5
Toyota RAV4
11,610 + 18.2% 11,610 + 18.2%
#6
Jeep Grand Cherokee
11,065 + 3.6% 11,065 + 3.6%
#7
Ford Edge
9614 + 15.6% 9614 + 15.6%
#8
Nissan Rogue
8951 - 9.6% 8951 - 9.6%
#9
Jeep Wrangler
8854 + 12.1% 8854 + 12.1%
#10
Toyota Highlander
8831 + 28.8% 8831 + 28.8%
#11
GMC Terrain
8550 + 51.4% 8550 + 51.4%
#12
Dodge Journey
8179 + 93.5% 8179 + 93.5%
#13
Kia Sorento
8005 + 9.3% 7005 + 9.3%
#14
Honda Pilot
7405 + 16.3% 7405 + 16.3%
#15
Chevrolet Traverse
6770 + 2.0% 6770 + 2.0%
#16
Subaru Forester
6565 + 28.3% 6565 + 28.3%
#17
Nissan Pathfinder
6281 + 202% 6281 + 202%
#18
Hyundai Santa Fe
5991 + 24.3% 5991 + 24.3%
#19
Lexus RX
5394 + 7.1% 5394 + 7.1%
#20
Jeep Patriot
5248 + 32.3% 5248 + 32.3%
Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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