Midsize SUV Sales In America – December 2015 And 2015 Year End


2016 Ford Explorer rear

Not since 2006 has the Ford Explorer been America’s best-selling SUV. But in calendar year 2015, U.S. sales of the Explorer, America’s best-selling three-row vehicle, climbed to their highest level since 2004’s 339,333 units.

The Explorer’s nearest three-row rival was 90,333 sales behind. That vehicle, the Toyota Highlander, achieved its best year of sales ever even as sales of its authentic SUV sibling, the Toyota 4Runner, climbed to a nine-year high.

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2015 was a record year for the U.S. auto industry in terms of outright volume, and SUVs/crossovers were the industry’s mealticket. Passenger car volume decreased, but a typical “family car” purchase increasingly means buyers are looking for a high-riding, all-wheel-drive wagon. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End

U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End

USA midsize SUV sales chart 2015 calendar year
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Thus, the big movements weren’t limited only to the Explorer, Highlander, and 4Runner. 

2015 was a record year for the Chevrolet Traverse, the best year in nine for the Dodge Durango, a record year for the GMC Acadia, the best year in a decade for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the best year in seven for the Nissan Murano.

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.

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SUV
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
5936
7393 -19.7% 62,081 62,300 -0.4%
9143
8654 5.7% 119,945 103,943 15.4%
7624
6119 24.6% 64,186 64,398 -0.3%
10,263
7940 29.3% 124,120 108,864 14.0%
21,667
18,464 17.3% 249,251 209,994 18.7%
1735
1786 -2.9% 19,570 23,822 -17.8%
7266
7323 -0.8% 96,393 83,972 14.8%
13,344
11,479 16.2% 136,212 108,857 25.1%
9518
10,395 -8.4% 118,134 107,906 9.5%
1 -100%
21,008
17,176 22.3% 195,958 183,786 6.6%
12,872
9688 32.9% 116,249 102,520 13.4%
1202
1749 -31.3% 18,048 18,497 -2.4%
7083
4367 62.2% 62,907 47,301 33.0%
8366
6789 23.2% 82,041 79,111 3.7%
9 -100% 732 -100%
9953
8144 22.2% 97,034 76,906 26.2%
16,100
15,019 7.2% 158,915 146,127 8.8%
486
605 -19.7% 7037 6961 1.1%
Total
163,566
143,099 14.3% 1,728,081 1,535,998 12.5%

Offroaders
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
15,591
14,003 11.3% 202,702 175,328 15.6%
70
1137 -93.8% 10,672 16,505 -35.3%
3
402 -99.3% 229 14,718 -98.4%
Total
15,664
15,542 0.8% 213,603 206,551 3.4%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
613
863 -29.0% 9104 11,802 -22.9%
16,067
14,772 8.8% 152,294 138,790 9.7%
401
2419 -83.4% 21,351 29,991 -28.8%
Total
17,081
18,054 -5.4% 182,749 180,583 1.2%

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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