January 2014 U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings – Top 85 Best-Selling SUVs In America – Every SUV Ranked


2013 Toyota RAV4

As numbers were being steadily released early on Monday, it became increasingly clear that January 2014 was not the brightest of months for the U.S. auto industry. Compared with the first month in 2010, 2011, and 2012, auto sales were higher. But contrasted with January 2013, new vehicle sales were down 3%.

A closer look at specific vehicles, however, shows that one vehicle category was mostly spared the wrath of winter. Customers looking for utility vehicles – SUVs and CUVs and crossovers and whatever-you-wanna-call-thems – arrived at dealers in larger numbers in January 2014 than they did a year ago.

2014 Nissan Rogue

True, sales of the leading Ford Escape declined 2.4%, but it still outsold 2013’s best-selling utility vehicle, the Honda CR-V. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, GMC Terrain, Honda Pilot, and Dodge Journey also declined, but the majority of the 20 top sellers sold more often this January than last. And in some cases, the increases were significant.

Toyota RAV4 sales shot up by 5270 units, year-over-year. Nissan Rogue sales rose by 4880 units. The Subaru Forester’s 4206-unit gain wasn’t far off the pace set by two of its three better-selling Japanese rivals. Acura MDX volume increased by 1666 units, the biggest volume increase among premium brand utility vehicles.

At the SUV-only brands, Jeep reported improved sales of every continuing model while also adding 10,505 sales via the new Cherokee. 36,291 Cherokees have been sold in the United States since it replaced the Liberty in September. At Land Rover, increases were posted by four out of five models – only Evoque sales dropped – and the brand was up 11%. 

In total, SUV and crossover sales grew 5% in January 2014. 

There were important improvements introduced in October’s ranking of vehicle sales. Prior year figures now include the actual numbers from last year, not just the percentage increase from last year. As a result, included in this year’s rankings are vehicles like the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Jeep Liberty, nameplates which collected sales last January but not this year. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.

2014 Subaru Forester

You can sort SUVs and crossovers by January volume by clicking the January column header, or you can rank SUVs/crossovers by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2015 • February 2014 • December 2013

Rank
SUV/Crossover
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
#1 Ford Escape 19,459 19,939 -2.4%
#2 Honda CR-V 18,232 17,809 2.4%
#3 Toyota RAV4 16,880 11,610 45.4%
#4 Chevrolet Equinox 14,547 17,223 -15.5%
#5 Nissan Rogue 13,831 8,951 54.5%
#6 Ford Explorer 12,810 15,207 -15.8%
#6.1 Ford Explorer * 11,696 14,554 -19.6%
#6.2 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor * 1,114 653 70.6%
#7 Jeep Grand Cherokee 12,207 11,065 10.3%
#8 Subaru Forester 10,771 6,565 64.1%
#9 Toyota Highlander 10,676 8,831 20.9%
#10 Jeep Cherokee 10,505
#11 Jeep Wrangler 9,553 8,854 7.9%
#12 Ford Edge 9,411 9,614 -2.1%
#13 Kia Sorento 7,098 8,005 -11.3%
#14 GMC Terrain 7,063 8,550 -17.4%
#15 Hyundai Santa Fe 6,721 5,991 12.2%
#16 Honda Pilot 6,224 7,405 -15.9%
#17 Dodge Journey 5,936 8,179 -27.4%
#18 Lexus RX 5,607 5,394 3.9%
#19 Jeep Patriot 5,577 5,248 6.3%
#20 GMC Acadia 5,463 5,188 5.3%
#21 Chevrolet Traverse 5,368 6,770 -20.7%
#22 Nissan Pathfinder 5,308 6,281 -15.5%
#23 Mazda CX-5 4,998 5,242 -4.7%
#24 Cadillac SRX 4,446 4,380 1.5%
#25 Acura MDX 4,241 2,575 64.7%
#26 Dodge Durango 4,128 3,380 22.1%
#27 Jeep Compass 4,068 3,116 30.6%
#28 Toyota 4Runner 3,958 4,485 -11.8%
#29 Chevrolet Captiva Sport 3,765 3,936 -4.3%
#30 Hyundai Tucson 3,533 3,493 1.1%
#31 Chevrolet Tahoe 3,514 3,619 -2.9%
#32 Buick Enclave 3,509 4,895 -28.3%
#33 Nissan Juke 3,442 2,361 45.8%
#34 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2,824 2,928 -3.6%
#35 Audi Q5 2,774 2,344 18.3%
#36 BMW X5 2,754 4,084 -32.6%
#37 Acura RDX 2,730 2,489 9.7%
#38 BMW X3 2,699 2,005 34.6%
#39 Kia Sportage 2,587 2,422 6.8%
#40 Lincoln MKX 2,479 1,829 35.5%
#41 Infiniti QX60/JX 2,380 1,970 20.8%
#42 Buick Encore 2,366 353 570%
#43 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 2,302 2,396 -3.9%
#44 Nissan Murano 2,188 2,996 -27.0%
#45 Ford Expedition 2,139 2,492 -14.2%
#46 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 1,838 1,350 36.1%
#47 Volkswagen Tiguan 1,777 2,114 -15.9%
#48 Chevrolet Suburban 1,705 2,292 -25.6%
#49 Ford Flex 1,650 1,615 2.2%
#50 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 1,612 1,251 28.9%
#51 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 1,541 2,015 -23.5%
#52 Nissan Xterra 1,518 997 52.3%
#53 Mazda CX-9 1,490 2,116 -29.6%
#54 Lexus GX460 1,443 733 96.9%
#55 BMW X1 1,332 1,165 14.3%
#56 GMC Yukon 1,287 1,690 -23.8%
#57 Audi Q7 1,268 889 42.6%
#58 Land Rover Range Rover 1,221 1,156 5.6%
#59 Toyota FJ Cruiser 1,162 1,232 -5.7%
#60 Porsche Cayenne 1,158 1,500 -22.8%
#61 Cadillac Escalade ^ 1,085 1,375 -21.1%
#61.1 Cadillac Escalade * 704 857 -17.9%
#61.2 Cadillac Escalade ESV * 381 518 -26.4%
#62 Mini Countryman 1,074 1,416 -24.2%
#63 Nissan Armada 1,029 1,198 -14.1%
#64 Infiniti QX80/QX56 1,023 1,168 -12.4%
#65 Volvo XC60 942 1,566 -39.8%
#66 Mitsubishi Outlander 941 613 53.5%
#67 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 879 929 -5.4%
#68 GMC Yukon XL 865 1,196 -27.7%
#69 Toyota Sequoia 787 1,180 -33.3%
#70 Infiniti QX70/FX 645 592 9.0%
#71 Land Rover LR4 599 564 6.2%
#72 Volkswagen Touareg 544 962 -43.5%
#73 Volvo XC90 459 506 -9.3%
#74 BMW X6 382 380 0.5%
#75 Lincoln Navigator 375 589 -36.3%
#76 Land Rover LR2 363 300 21.0%
#77 Lincoln MKT 362 411 -11.9%
#78 Lexus LX570 356 332 7.2%
#79 Toyota Land Cruiser 257 277 -7.2%
#80 Infiniti QX50/EX 197 168 17.3%
#81 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 122 176 -30.7%
#82 Mini Paceman 111
#83 Subaru Tribeca 86 159 -45.9%
#84 Acura ZDX 14 31 -54.8%
#85 Hyundai Veracruz 1 32 -96.9%
#86 Jeep Liberty 2,035 -100%
#87 Suzuki Grand Vitara 234 -100%
#88 Mitsubishi Endeavor 5 -100%
Total
328,571 312,978 5.0%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.

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