Small SUV Sales In America – April 2014 YTD


2012 Volkswagen Tiguan green

In April 2014, America’s top-selling SUV/crossover was the Honda CR-V. The CR-V claimed the title for the first time this year, and having done so, also surpassed the Ford Escape as the year-to-date leader. 

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The CR-V, Escape, and Chevrolet Equinox were the only utility vehicles to top the 20K mark in U.S. April sales. Sales of the Equinox and Escape declined 3% and 5%, respectively.

Perhaps more noteworthy than the CR-V’s strength or even the meaningful growth achieved by Honda is the increasing force applied by the small SUV/crossover category. 

With huge gains this year from the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester and an additional 51,103 Cherokee sales at Jeep, sales of these smaller utility vehicles are up 17% in 2014, having risen 17% during the month of April, as well.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2014 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – April 2014 YTD

A number of lower-volume crossovers are improving compared with the early part of 2013, as well. The fleet-only Chevrolet Captiva Sport is up 12%. Jointly, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage have generated 14% gains. Jeep’s forgettable Patriot and Compass have reported improvements despite the in-showroom competition from the Cherokee. Mitsubishi Outlander sales doubled in April.

On the smaller, more car-like, sometimes-less-costly end of the scale, the Buick Encore, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, and Subaru XV Crosstrek combined for nearly 25,000 more sales over the last four months than during the equivalent period one year ago.

• Small SUV Sales In America – April 2015 YTD
• Small SUV Sales In America – May 2014 YTD
• Small SUV Sales In America – March 2014 YTD
• Small SUV Sales In America – April 2013 YTD
• Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – April 2014
• U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – April 2014 YTD
• Midsize SUV Sales In America – April 2014 YTD

There are exceptions. The aging Volkswagen Tiguan, never very popular and often thought to be too small, is down 22% this year.

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 • April 2015 • May 2014 • March 2014April 2013

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
5794
4315 34.3% 18,648 16,694 11.7%
20,315
20,965 -3.1% 76,388 79,834 -4.3%
7846
6782 15.7% 30,870 29,774 3.7%
24,579
25,826 -4.8% 95,884 98,809 -3.0%
7791
7964 -2.2% 33,210 34,770 -4.5%
28,485
26,519 7.4% 96,133 91,893 4.6%
1 -100%
8997
6940 29.6% 32,437 26,386 22.9%
3962
3733 6.1% 16,078 14,741 9.1%
15,007
51,103
5367
4465 20.2% 19,124 16,468 16.1%
721 -100% 5693 -100%
8339
5792 44.0% 28,813 24,789 16.2%
8356
8909 -4.2% 31,542 34,864 -9.5%
3530
2845 24.1% 12,357 10,281 20.2%
6835
6262 9.2% 33,041 24,071 37.3%
1148
510 125% 4761 3463 37.5%
15,066
11,904 26.6% 65,514 46,200 41.8%
11,547
9366 23.3% 46,937 30,510 53.8%
1037 -100%
18,834
18,541 1.6% 71,898 59,954 19.9%
1998
2488 -19.7% 8109 10,439 -22.3%
Total
203,796
174,847 16.6% 772,847 660,671 17.0%

Smallest SUVs/Crossovers
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4317
2916 48.0% 15,040 7869 91.1%
2045
1864 9.7% 6350 6703 -5.3%
169
95 77.9% 575 264 118%
2619
2111 24.1% 10,069 7547 33.4%
3795
2445 55.2% 19,377 11,551 67.8%
5678
4433 28.1% 22,553 15,143 48.9%
Total
18,623
13,864 34.3% 73,964 49,077 50.7%

Offroaders
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
15,389
13,445 14.5% 50,063 45,291 10.5%
1430
1982 -27.9% 6875 6872 0.1%
1593
262 508% 5505 3613 52.4%
Total
18,412
15,689 17.4% 62,443 55,776 12.0%

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.