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


2016 Honda HR-V

The Honda CR-V was America’s best-selling SUV/crossover for a fourth consecutive year in 2015 and thus the best-selling utility vehicle in its class, as well. CR-V volume reached a record high in 2015, albeit with a modest 3% year-over-year gain. Category-wide volume jumped 13% in the U.S. in calendar year 2015.

The CR-V’s next-closest challenger, the Toyota RAV4, posted massive year-over-year growth, but the third-ranked Ford Escape increased its annual total by only 280 units. In all three cases, 2015’s total was the best ever for the nameplate. 

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Indeed, the fourth-ranked Nissan Rogue and fifth-ranked Chevrolet Equinox set annual sales records, too, along with the Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Jeep Patriot, GMC Terrain, Mazda CX-5, Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The rise of the subcompact crossover class was the talk of the automotive press for much of the year, largely because the frequency with which we all see one of these vehicles has increased so dramatically; largely because there was always a new version parked outside an auto reviewer’s house. 

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

USA small SUV sales chart 2015 year end
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All-new introductions in 2015 included the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3. The Chevrolet Trax, a Buick Encore twin, arrived late last year. 

Sales of subcompact CUVs nearly doubled in 2015. The Subaru XV Crosstrek – too large to be a direct rival to these itty-bitty crossovers; too small to be a rival for Subaru’s own Forester; too obviously an Impreza not to be recognized as a conventional car – was the category leader with nearly 90,000 sales. The Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade all topped the 60K mark. The Renegade led the category in each of the last two months.

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.

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Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
15 -100% 55 35,368 -99.8%
21,827
21,298 2.5% 277,589 242,242 14.6%
8682
8421 3.1% 105,400 93,572 12.6%
27,954
25,603 9.2% 306,492 306,212 0.1%
9649
11,032 -12.5% 112,030 105,016 6.7%
31,185
32,369 -3.7% 345,647 335,019 3.2%
8311
3114 167% 63,591 47,306 34.4%
24,049
17,715 35.8% 220,260 178,508 23.4%
8825
17,176 22.3% 66,698 61,264 8.9%
11,206
9434 18.8% 118,464 93,462 26.8%
6044
3298 83.3% 53,739 42,945 25.1%
11,417
7721 47.9% 111,450 99,122 12.4%
1936
1096 76.6% 19,055 13,068 45.8%
26,479
14,879 78.0% 287,190 199,199 44.2%
16,797
15,163 10.8% 175,192 159,953 9.5%
31,866
22,997 38.6% 315,412 267,698 17.8%
4900
2116 132% 35,843 25,121 42.7%
Total
251,127
213,447 17.7% 2,614,107 2,305,075 13.4%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
6498
3102 109% 67,549 48,892 38.2%
5323
739 620% 63,030 739 8429%
1996
9463
4737
41,969
8975
60,946
1663
6406
2148
1941 10.7% 16,686 22,645 -26.3%
38
129 -70.5% 1708 2082 -18.0%
3356
2755 21.8% 36,966 31,054 19.0%
1958
2155 -9.1% 27,121 38,184 -29.0%
8090
5482 47.6% 88,927 70,956 25.3%
Total
44,782
16,303 175% 420,771 214,552 96.1%

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%

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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