Small SUV Sales In America - November 2013 YTD

2014 Subaru Forester
USA small SUV sales chart November 2013
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Don't act like you hadn't noticed an increasing number of small crossovers passing you by on the street. U.S. auto sales grew 8.7% in November 2013. Sales of cars were up a little more than 5%. Pickup truck sales jumped 13.6%. Even minivan sales rose 7.7%.

But it was the utility vehicle category, particularly the small SUVs and crossovers, that really powered the market forward last month. Taking all sizes into account, mainstream and premium brands, SUV/CUV sales rose 11.7% in November. Sales of the Honda CR-V/Ford Escape class, however, jumped 16.9%.


Yet in November, that segment-wide growth didn't have a whole lot to do with the Honda CR-V (up by 1176 units) and nothing to do with the Ford Escape. The Subaru Forester's 135% jump - equal to 7707 extra sales - and the Toyota RAV4's 56.5% increase - equal to 7024 extra sales - really propelled the category forward, as did the first full month of Jeep Cherokee sales.

GCBC has included the Cherokee here with small SUVs and crossovers despite the words used by some to describe it as midsize. It's a matter of inches, regardless, and GCBC pays more heed to market positioning than those inches, anyway. The Cherokee is less than four inches longer than the Honda CR-V, less than two inches wider, and only one inch taller. It's passenger volume is 1.2% greater than the CR-V's; the CR-V's cargo capacity is 50% greater with the seats up and 29% better with the seats down. The Cherokee's base price is $50 higher than the CR-V's base price. A mid-range all-wheel-drive Cherokee costs $200 more than a mid-range AWD CR-V. Topped out, the Cherokee Trailhawk at $36K goes places the CR-V doesn't, but the Ford Escape does play in that field, as do the Volkswagen Tiguan, Subaru Forester, and GMC Terrain, among others.

One way or another, the Cherokee did a lot more volume for the Jeep brand in November 2013 than the Liberty did a year ago. The presence of a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, plus the Patriot and Compass, will likely stop Jeep from being able to sell Cherokees the way they once sold Libertys: 171,212 were sold in 2002.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • November 2014 • December 2013 • October 2013November 2012
Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
4476
367221.9%44,96634,22831.4%
18,397
16,8219.4%220,980199,07011.0%
5155
6569- 21.5%76,31771,8756.2%
20,988
20,9700.1%271,531240,87712.7%
6821
8158- 16.4%91,527 86,2706.1%
23,509
22,3335.3%275,145255,9197.5%
---
------23- 33.3%
9657
675443.0%80,59563,73726.4%
3285
3838- 14.4%38,192 45,133- 15.4%
10,169
------10,748------
3547
271530.6%49,459 37,10433.3%
---
4202- 100%610171,975- 91.5%
5148
417423.3%69,63957,44421.2%
8645
10,851- 20.3%98,167 108,630- 9.6%
4693
2269107%30,438 34,661- 12.2%
6323
421350.1%72,824 37,36394.9%
---
------111,327- 99.99%
---
------1502- 99.8%
1399
585139%10,998 711254.6%
10,487
12,662- 17.2%148,075130,86113.2%
13,410
5703135%110,36367,58363.3%
---
333- 100%10374616- 77.5%
19,447
12,42356.5%197,279157,52625.2%
2235
2815- 20.6%27,53828,521- 3.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
177,791
152,06016.9%1,931,923 1,752,337 10.2%

Smallest
SUVs & Crossovers
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
2663
------29,195------
1435
1608- 10.8%19,270 18,7882.6%
631
------2612------
2059
152035.5%22,59316,32138.4%
3446
300314.8%35,08133,6194.3%
5311
2060158%48,21639871109%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
15,545
819189.8%156,967 72,715 116%

Offroaders
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
11,753
10,33713.7%143,474 130,124 10.3%
1445
13437.6%16,17815,843 2.1%
1150
1164- 1.2%11,82612,145 - 2.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
14,348
12,84411.7%171,478 158,112 8.5%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn't here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you'll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small cars, too, and the tweener-sized Sorento and Santa Fe are shown with midsize SUVs and small SUVs, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with midsizers, as well... because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. GCBC has historically shown the Liberty with midsize SUVs but as the Cherokee - truly not midsize inside - replaces the Liberty, proper year-over-year comparison requires seeing the Liberty listed here with these smaller utility vehicles.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small SUV Sales In America - November 2014 YTD
Small SUV Sales In America - December 2013 & Year End
Small SUV/CUV Sales In America - October 2013 YTD
Small SUV/CUV Sales In America - November 2012 YTD
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs & Crossovers In America - November 2013
Midsize SUV Sales In America - November 2013 YTD
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - November 2013 YTD

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