Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs In America – 2005 Year End


2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Ranked ninth in 2002, sixth in 2003, and fourth in 2004, the Ford Escape slid back to the fifth position among SUVs and crossovers in 2005 thanks to a 10% year-over-year U.S. sales decline.

Ford Explorer sales, meanwhile, slid 29%, and the Explorer lost its grasp on the number one position among America’s top-selling SUVs. Likewise, the top-selling Chevrolet TrailBlazer reported a year-over-year sales decline, but not so significant as to fall behind the rising Jeep Grand Cherokee, sales of which jumped 17%, or 31,271 units.

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Along with the TrailBlazer’s decline, Chevrolet sold a great deal more copies of the more car-like Equinox in 2005 than in 2004, when the Equinox first arrived on the market. Pontiac sold its first 10,303 Torrents in 2005, as well.

The only remaining full-size, truck-based SUV in the top ten was Chevrolet’s Tahoe. As recently as 2003, there were three full-size SUVs in the top nine.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
2005
2004

Change
#1
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
244,150 283,484 -13.9%
#2
Ford Explorer
239,788 339,333 -29.3%
#3
Jeep Grand Cherokee
213,584 182,313 17.2%
#4
Jeep Liberty
166,883 167,376 -0.3%
#5
Ford Escape
165,122 183,430 -10.0%
#6
Chevrolet Tahoe
152,305 186,161 -18.2%
#7
Honda CR-V
150,219 149,281 0.6%
#8
Honda Pilot
143,353 128,158 11.9%
#9
Toyota Highlander
137,409 133,077 3.3%
#10
Chevrolet Equinox
130,542 84,024 55.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC