Midsize SUV Sales In America – October 2015 YTD


2013 Ford Flex cargo roof carrier

Why won’t you buy a Ford Flex?

October 2015 U.S. sales of the still-stylish, boxy, three-row Ford slid 17% to 1409 units, the third-lowest total of the year and a follow-up to September’s 1266 sales, the lowest total ever for the Flex.

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

The August-October period of 2015 was the worst three-month sales period in the Flex’s seven-year history. 

The Flex’s best month ever was in June 2009, when 4784 copies of the Flex were sold. 2009, the Flex’s first full year of availability, was also the Flex’s best sales year despite the market’s sharp and severe downturn. But that year, between August and October, Ford sold 8366 copies of the Flex. Over the last three months, only 3978 Flexes have been sold in America.

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USA midsize SUV sales chart October 2015
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Meanwhile, Ford crossover buyers turn en masse to the long-favoured Explorer, America’s best-selling three-row vehicle which was recently refreshed for the 2016 model year. Explorer volume has grown by a fifth this year and jumped 26% in October, specifically. Excluding the Police Interceptor Utility from the equation, there were 13 Explorers sold in America in October for every single Flex, a strange result to fans of the Flex who believe the least popular three-row Ford is more spacious, more flexible, and more enjoyable to drive.

The Explorer wasn’t the only fast-growing three-row crossover in America last month. Sales of the all-new, third-generation Pilot jumped 63% in October 2015. The Pilot couldn’t quite catch its compatriot, the Toyota Highlander, which produced a more modest 10% uptick to 13,316 units. 

Nissan Pathfinder volume was up 1%, but both the Pilot and Highlander sell more than twice as often. Nissan, of course, adds to the Pathfinder’s tally with sales of the semi-premium, two-row Murano. Toyota sells nearly 8000 4Runners per month, as well.

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 midsize 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 • October 2016 • November 2015 • September 2015October 2014

SUV
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
4702
4727 -0.5% 51,487 50,648 1.7%
9155
7893 16.0% 102,118 87,453 16.8%
4676
4855 -3.7% 50,782 52,866 -3.9%
10,011
7225 38.6% 105,720 93,276 13.3%
20,723
16,496 25.6% 210,894 175,148 20.4%
1409
1697 -17.0% 16,471 20,233 -18.6%
6928
6368 8.8% 82,351 70,241 17.2%
12,913
7903 63.4% 111,893 88,150 26.9%
11,060
8817 25.4% 99,460 87,724 13.4%
1 -100%
16,050
14,993 7.1% 157,899 151,303 4.4%
8593
7656 12.2% 94,354 84,234 12.0%
1484
1241 19.6% 15,644 15,311 2.2%
5350
4271 25.3% 50,250 39,094 28.5%
5584
5542 0.8% 68,581 66,091 3.8%
9 -100% 693 -100%
8596
6311 36.2% 79,498 61,582 29.1%
13,316
12,106 10.0% 130,074 117,632 10.6%
840
578 45.3% 6154 5778 6.5%
Total
141,390
118,688 19.1% 1,433,630 1,267,458 13.1%

Offroaders
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
15,751
13,665 15.3% 173,264 147,733 17.3%
421
1081 -61.1% 10,433 14,281 -26.9%
1
949 -99.9% 225 13,602 -98.3%
Total
16,173
15,695 3.0% 183,922 175,616 4.7%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
737
952 -22.6% 7964 9984 -20.2%
14,729
12,624 16.7% 123,148 109,890 12.1%
1191
1896 -37.2% 20,348 25,341 -19.7%
Total
16,657
15,472 7.7% 151,460 145,215 4.3%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
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 Outback and Venza here but also with midsize cars, too, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with smaller utilities and the Volkswagen Touareg with luxury SUVs… 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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