2015 Year End U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings – Top 97 Best-Selling SUVs In America – Every SUV Ranked


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December 2015 sales of SUVs and crossovers in America jumped 24%, a 117,000-unit year-over-year increase which put the cherry on top of a year-long sundae. 

Nearly 100 utility vehicle nameplates generated more than 6.1 million U.S. sales in calendar year 2015, a massive 16%, 852,000-unit increase compared with 2014.

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Yes, the auto industry as a whole was surging in 2015. But non-SUV/crossover sales grew just 1%, a far more modest increase of around 100,000 units, as traditional passenger cars lost market share to the utility vehicle market and minivan volume decreased, as well.

SUVs and crossovers, led by the Honda CR-V for a fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight years, owned 35% of the overall U.S. market in 2015, up 32% in 2014 as passenger car market share fell from 48% in 2014 to little more than 44% in 2015. 

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

CR-V sales growth was not significant relative to its closest rival, the surging Toyota RAV4. But both the CR-V and RAV4 – along with the Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Chevrolet Equinox – set U.S. sales records in 2015. 

For the CR-V, 2015 marked the sixth consecutive year of sales expansion in America. 2015 was the Toyota RAV4’s fourth year of growth. Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox volume in 2015 increased for a seventh consecutive year. The Nissan Rogue has only ever grown its U.S. volume, rising in eight years following the first-gen Rogue’s 2007 launch.

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The Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche brands all set annual U.S. sales records in 2015 as their utility vehicle volume grew 30%, 5%, 37%, 27%, 17%, and 28%, respectively. Their car sales, respectively, were up 0.5%, up 0.4%, down 8% (at Jaguar), down 2%, down 3%, and down 8%. 

Subcompact crossovers were the other big utility vehicle story in 2015. Their sales collectively doubled thanks to the launches of the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3. The Trax, Renegade, and HR-V – the two latter examples having only participated in a portion of the 2015 calendar year – rank 31st, 34th, and 43rd on this list, respectively.

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

Reminder: these are 2015 calendar year rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by December volume by clicking the December 2015 column header, or you can rank SUVs/crossovers by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.

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Rank
SUV/Crossover
2015
2014
%
Change
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2014
% Change
#1 Honda CR-V 345,647 335,019 3.2% 31,185 32,369 -3.7%
#2 Toyota RAV4 315,412 267,698 17.8% 31,866 22,997 38.6%
#3 Ford Escape 306,492 306,212 0.1% 27,954 25,603 9.2%
#4 Nissan Rogue 287,190 199,199 44.2% 26,479 14,879 78.0%
#5 Chevrolet Equinox 277,589 242,242 14.6% 21,827 21,298 2.5%
#6 Ford Explorer 249,251 209,994 18.7% 21,667 18,464 17.3%
#6.1 Ford Explorer * 224,309 189,339 18.5% 18,892 16,632 13.6%
#6.2 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor * 24,942 20,655 20.8% 2,775 1,832 51.5%
#7 Jeep Cherokee 220,260 178,508 23.4% 24,049 17,715 35.8%
#8 Jeep Wrangler 202,702 175,328 15.6% 15,591 14,003 11.3%
#9 Jeep Grand Cherokee 195,958 183,786 6.6% 21,008 17,176 22.3%
#10 Subaru Forester 175,192 159,953 9.5% 16,797 15,163 10.8%
#11 Toyota Highlander 158,915 146,127 8.8% 16,100 15,019 7.2%
#12 Honda Pilot 136,212 108,857 25.1% 13,344 11,479 16.2%
#13 Ford Edge 124,120 108,864 14.0% 10,263 7,940 29.3%
#14 Chevrolet Traverse 119,945 103,943 15.4% 9,143 8,654 5.7%
#15 Jeep Patriot 118,464 93,462 26.8% 11,206 9,434 18.8%
#16 Hyundai Santa Fe 118,134 107,906 9.5% 9,518 10,395 -8.4%
#17 Kia Sorento 116,249 102,520 13.4% 12,872 9,688 32.9%
#18 GMC Terrain 112,030 105,016 6.7% 9,649 11,032 -12.5%
#19 Mazda CX-5 111,450 99,122 12.4% 11,417 7,721 47.9%
#20 Dodge Journey 105,400 93,572 12.6% 8,682 8,421 3.1%
#21 Lexus RX 100,610 107,490 -6.4% 11,899 13,625 -12.7%
#22 Toyota 4Runner 97,034 76,906 26.2% 9,953 8,144 22.2%
#23 GMC Acadia 96,393 83,972 14.8% 7,266 7,323 -0.8%
#24 Chevrolet Tahoe 88,342 97,726 -9.6% 9,773 11,259 -13.2%
#25 Nissan Pathfinder 82,041 79,111 3.7% 8,366 6,789 23.2%
#26 Cadillac SRX 68,850 53,578 28.5% 7,031 4,899 43.5%
#27 Buick Encore 67,549 48,892 38.2% 6,498 3,102 109%
#28 Jeep Compass 66,698 61,264 8.9% 8,825 4,946 78.4%
#29 Dodge Durango 64,186 64,398 -0.3% 7,624 6,119 24.6%
#30 Hyundai Tucson 63,591 47,306 34.4% 8,311 3,114 167%
#31 Chevrolet Trax 63,030 739 8,429% 5,323 739 620%
#32 Nissan Murano 62,907 47,301 33.0% 7,083 4,367 62.2%
#33 Buick Enclave 62,081 62,300 -0.4% 5,936 7,393 -19.7%
#34 Jeep Renegade 60,946 8,975
#35 Acura MDX 58,208 65,603 -11.3% 6,254 6,761 -7.5%
#36 BMW X5 54,997 47,031 16.9% 6,250 6,098 2.5%
#37 Kia Sportage 53,739 42,945 25.1% 6,044 3,298 83.3%
#38 Audi Q5 52,006 42,420 22.6% 6,057 4,551 33.1%
#39 Acura RDX 51,026 44,865 13.7% 4,942 5,156 -4.2%
#40 Chevrolet Suburban 50,866 55,009 -7.5% 6,350 6,761 -6.1%
#41 Lexus NX 43,764 2,927 1,395% 5,134 2,905 76.7%
#42 GMC Yukon 42,732 41,569 2.8% 5,271 4,729 11.5%
#43 Honda HR-V 41,969 4,737
#44 Infiniti QX60 41,770 31,192 33.9% 4,987 3,367 48.1%
#45 Ford Expedition 41,443 44,632 -7.1% 4,056 4,239 -4.3%
#46 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 36,966 31,054 19.0% 3,356 2,755 21.8%
#47 Cadillac Escalade 35,921 30,469 17.9% 4,659 3,740 24.6%
#47.1 Cadillac Escalade * 21,230 19,482 9.0% 2,743 2,281 20.3%
#47.2 Cadillac Escalade ESV * 14,691 10,987 33.7% 1,916 1,459 31.3%
#48 Volkswagen Tiguan 35,843 25,121 42.7% 4,900 2,116 132%
#49 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 32,550 46,726 -30.3% 330 5,625 -94.1%
#50 BMW X3 31,924 33,824 -5.6% 3,126 2,795 11.8%
#51 GMC Yukon XL 31,334 29,752 5.3% 4,536 3,260 39.1%
#52 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 27,707 26,597 4.2% 2,849 3,394 -16.1%
#53 Nissan Juke 27,121 38,184 -29.0% 1,958 2,155 -9.1%
#54 Volvo XC60 26,134 19,276 35.6% 3,510 2,079 68.8%
#55 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 25,593 6,884 272% 2,200 2,074 6.1%
#56 Lexus GX460 25,212 22,685 11.1% 3,118 2,707 15.2%
#57 Lincoln MKC 24,590 13,077 88.0% 2,566 2,310 11.1%
#58 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 23,333 35,000 -33.3% 304 1,857 -83.6%
#59 Lincoln MKX 22,199 23,995 -7.5% 2,960 1,669 77.4%
#60 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 21,459 17,897 19.9% 2,246 2,036 10.3%
#61 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 20,663 6,310
#62 Ford Flex 19,570 23,822 -17.8% 1,735 1,786 -2.9%
#63 Mitsubishi Outlander 19,055 13,068 45.8% 1,936 1,096 76.6%
#64 Audi Q7 18,995 18,517 2.6% 1,189 1,928 -38.3%
#65 Mazda CX-9 18,048 18,497 -2.4% 1,202 1,749 -31.3%
#66 Land Rover Range Rover 17,821 12,830 38.9% 1,835 1,482 23.8%
#67 Mini Countryman 16,686 22,645 -26.3% 2,148 1,941 10.7%
#68 Porsche Cayenne 16,474 16,205 1.7% 1,230 934 31.7%
#69 Infiniti QX80 15,646 12,935 21.0% 2,171 1,615 34.4%
#70 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 14,583 12,440 17.2% 1,370 1,426 -3.9%
#71 BMW X1 14,420 22,808 -36.8% 1,769 2,591 -31.7%
#72 Porsche Macan 13,533 7,241 86.9% 1,382 864 60.0%
#73 Audi Q3 13,229 3,654 262% 1,501 901 66.6%
#74 Volvo XC90 12,777 3,952 223% 3,135 68 4,510%
#75 Nissan Armada 12,737 12,593 1.1% 1,156 1,361 -15.1%
#76 Toyota Sequoia 12,583 11,806 6.6% 1,007 1,261 -20.1%
#77 Lincoln Navigator 11,964 10,433 14.7% 1,250 1,792 -30.2%
#78 Nissan Xterra 10,672 16,505 -35.3% 70 1,137 -93.8%
#79 Fiat 500X 9,463 1,996
#80 Land Rover LR4 9,031 4,679 93.0% 1,315 736 78.7%
#81 BMW X6 7,906 3,896 103% 1,547 458 238%
#82 Land Rover Discovery Sport 7,611 1,674
#83 Volkswagen Touareg 7,037 6,961 1.1% 486 605 -19.7%
#84 BMW X4 6,429 2,709 137% 884 820 7.8%
#85 Mazda CX-3 6,406 1,663
#86 Infiniti QX70 5,737 5,213 10.1% 697 448 55.6%
#87 Infiniti QX50 5,468 2,727 101% 1,453 224 549%
#88 Lincoln MKT 4,696 4,800 -2.2% 406 356 14.0%
#89 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 4,569 4,062
#90 Lexus LX570 3,884 4,052 -4.1% 892 505 76.6%
#91 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 3,616 3,090 17.0% 541 375 44.3%
#92 Toyota Land Cruiser 2,687 3,158 -14.9% 350 365 -4.1%
#93 Mini Paceman 1,708 2,082 -18.0% 38 129 -70.5%
#94 Toyota FJ Cruiser 229 14,718 -98.4% 3 402 -99.3%
#95 Land Rover LR2 77 3,619 -97.9% 1 74 -98.6%
#96 Chevrolet Captiva Sport 55 35,368 -99.8% 15 -100%
#97 Acura ZDX 2 78 -97.4% 2 -100%
#98 Subaru Tribeca 732 -100% 9 -100%
#99 Hyundai Veracruz 1 -100%
Total
6,167,343 5,314,879 16.0% 616,584 499,161 23.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC

* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.