Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs In America – 2008 Year End


2008 Saturn Vue

For the second consecutive year, the Honda CR-V was America’s favourite SUV/crossover. Of course, 2008 was not much of a year on which to base trends, as sales across the industry were plunging, particularly toward the end of the year.

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But the CR-V’s ability to lead SUVs and crossovers in terms of U.S. sales has held almost completely firm (save for 2011) since it took over from the Ford Explorer in 2007.

Car-based SUVs – we call them crossovers now, whatever that means – took the six top spots and eight of the top ten in 2008. This list includes one premium brand utility, the Lexus RX. And a Saturn. 

That Saturn, the tenth-ranked Vue, was new for the 2008 model year. You can still buy one, sort of. The fleet-only Chevrolet Captiva Sport is a Vue, and it was America’s 31st-best-selling SUV/crossover in 2013.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
2008
2007

Change
#1
Honda CR-V
197,279
219,160
– 10.0%
#2
Ford Escape
156,544
165,596
– 5.5%
#3
Toyota RAV4
137,020
172,752
– 20.7%
#4
Ford Edge
110,798
130,125
– 14.9%
#5
Toyota Highlander
104,661
127,878
– 18.2%
#6
Honda Pilot
96,746
117,146
– 17.4%
#7
Chevrolet Tahoe
91,578
146,256
– 37.4%
#8
Jeep Wrangler
84,615
119,243
– 29.0%
#9
Lexus RX
84,181
103,340
– 18.5%
#10
Saturn Vue
81,676
84,767
– 3.6%

Source: Automakers & ANDC