Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – September 2015


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For a 13th consecutive month, the Honda CR-V was America’s top-selling SUV in September 2015. 

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

A 26% year-over-year CR-V increase propelled the Honda forward with an additional 6203 sales, enough to overcome the Ford Escape’s 31% surge, the Toyota RAV4’s 19% leap forward, and the Nissan Rogue’s 45% improvement. The Escape, RAV4, and Rogue all sold more often in September 2014 than the CR-V did in September 2014. 

In order to stay at the top of the SUV/CUV heap, in other words, a nameplate must needs grow.


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Only one of America’s 20 top-selling utility vehicles, the 20th-ranked Jeep Patriot, recorded fewer September sales in 2015 than in September 2014. The Patriot and its Compass twin are faced with a new challenger in Jeep’s own showrooms. Jeep sold 7924 Renegades in September.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling SUVs and crossovers can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America’s best-selling trucks in September and will shortly publish the list of America’s 20 best-selling cars.

September 2016 • October 2015 • August 2015September 2014

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
#1
Honda CR-V
29,925 23,722 26.1% 259,499 241,015 7.7%
#2
Ford Escape
28,473 21,718 31.1% 233,012 230,162 1.2%
#3
Toyota RAV4
27,104 22,724 19.3% 227,922 202,069 12.8%
#4
Nissan Rogue
25,064 17,229 45.5% 213,207 154,568 37.9%
#5
Chevrolet Equinox
21,537 17,266 24.7% 214,042 184,805 15.8%
#6
Ford Explorer
20,715 15,795 31.1% 190,171 158,652 19.9%
#7
Jeep Cherokee
20,224 14,639 38.2% 161,112 128,133 25.7%
#8
Jeep Wrangler
17,583 13,955 26.0% 157,513 134,068 17.5%
#9
Jeep Grand Cherokee
15,758 12,854 22.6% 141,849 136,310 4.1%
#10
Subaru Forester
15,364 12,584 22.1% 129,568 117,940 9.9%
#11
Toyota Highlander
12,310 10,542 16.8% 116,758 105,526 10.6%
#12
GMC Terrain
10,935 8310 31.6% 83,395 79,444 5.0%
#13
Hyundai Santa Fe
10,752 8945 20.2% 88,400 78,907 12.0%
#14
Dodge Journey
10,457 7230 44.6% 79,395 70,686 12.3%
#15
Ford Edge
10,262 7695 33.4% 95,709 86,051 11.2%
#16
Honda Pilot
10,238 7824 30.9% 98,980 80,247 23.3%
#17
Kia Sorento
9380 6606 42.0% 85,761 76,578 12.0%
#18
Mazda CX-5
9107 8097 12.5% 82,013 78,190 4.9%
#19
Chevrolet Traverse
8857 7821 13.2% 92,963 79,560 16.8%
#20
Jeep Patriot
8533 9117 -6.4% 88,719 69,958 26.8%

Source: Automakers
This post was updated at 10.02.2015 to reflect slight alterations to figures provided by Toyota for the RAV4 and Highlander.
We list the Subaru Outback in the passenger car category, but if you prefer to think of the Outback – perhaps the true crossover – as an SUV, it would have ranked 11th in September.

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