Small SUV Sales In America – July 2015 YTD


2015 Fiat 500X red

This is what everyone’s talking about. The small SUV. The urban crossover. The cute-ute. The little 4×4. 

Sales of conventional small SUVs/crossovers, the ones you know best, increased at just a 6% clip in July 2015. That takes into account the best-selling SUV/CUV of all, Honda’s CR-V, plus the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. Overall SUV/crossover sales volume in America jumped 14% in July 2015. What gives?

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – July 2015 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – July 2015 YTD

Yes, the U.S. passenger car market may be losing out on sales to new small crossovers, but small crossovers might be losing out to their younger brethren, as well. 

The Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Subaru XV Crosstrek, for example, generated 20,804 U.S. sales in July 2015. It was the best ever month for the XV; the best month yet for the Renegade. 

USA small SUV sales chart July 2015
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Could Honda have sold an additional 5909 CR-Vs if the HR-V didn’t exist? Of course not. Some of those HR-V buyers wouldn’t have bought, some would have gotten a Civic, others would have turned to a Nissan Juke or XV or waited for a Mazda CX-3. 

Similarly, the fact that Subaru Forester volume was up just 9% when XV Crosstrek sales jumped 30%, or that Jeep Cherokee sales didn’t grow as fast as the overall SUV/CUV sector as Jeep added 6320 Renegade sales doesn’t strictly mean these little utilities are stealing all their sales from their big brothers. But they’re likely stealing some.

Now, for some housekeeping. If you feel the small SUV/Crossover table below is shorter than before, well, that’s because it is. The Kia Sorento is bigger than it used to be. Hyundai USA doesn’t separate Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport sales figures. Whereas before we showed the Sorento and Santa Fe both with these small utilities – with which the Sorento and Santa Fe lineups still compete, based on price – and midsize utilities, we’re reserving them exclusively for the midsize category from now on. These decisions aren’t purely based on size nor are they purely based on price. We also take into account conversations with experts, buyers, and sales personnel. As always, if you don’t appreciate their absence in this category or don’t approve of their inclusion in the other, you can always see all vehicles ranked together in one place and compile your own list.

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 • July 2016 • August 2015 • June 2015July 2014

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
July
2015
July
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1
4497 -100% 54 33,308 -99.8%
21,609
25,321 -14.7% 167,294 146,152 14.5%
8280
7158 15.7% 59,563 54,309 9.7%
29,253
26,558 10.1% 175,669 179,448 -2.1%
8813
10,767 -18.1% 63,223 61,454 2.9%
31,785
28,522 11.4% 194,803 183,214 6.3%
3908
3767 3.7% 26,542 28,103 -5.6%
16,699
14,827 12.6% 122,125 95,259 28.2%
5517
5411 2.0% 32,184 38,503 -16.4%
9493
7793 21.8% 69,128 51,721 33.7%
5292
4412 19.9% 29,247 24,368 20.0%
9530
9109 4.6% 62,873 59,384 5.9%
1769
951 86.0% 9225 7967 15.8%
25,081
16,618 50.9% 160,478 115,920 38.4%
15,811
14,524 8.9% 96,639 88,924 8.7%
26,709
26,779 -0.3% 170,284 143,731 18.5%
2407
2121 13.5% 16,084 15,295 5.2%
Total
221,957
209,135 6.1% 1,455,415 1,327,060 9.7%

Smallest SUVs & Crossovers
July
2015
July
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
6826
4061 68.1% 37,375 27,718 34.8%
6111
30,926
962
1294
5909
20,050
6320
20,751
1203
2183 -44.9% 9481 12,804 -26.0%
95
149 -36.2% 933 1076 -13.3%
3242
2610 24.2% 21,135 17,932 17.9%
2347
2325 0.9% 16,994 28,086 -39.5%
8575
6603 29.9% 50,525 40,368 25.2%
Total
41,590
17,931 132% 209,464 127,984 63.7%

Offroaders
July
2015
July
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
19,320
16,388 17.9% 121,770 102,125 19.2%
1196
1073 11.5% 8114 10,838 -25.1%
3
1424 -99.8% 221 9661 -97.7%
Total
20,519
18,885 8.7% 130,105 122,624 6.1%

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. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small cars, too, 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. 


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