Midsize SUV Sales In America – January 2016


Rare is the month in which any utility vehicle category posts a year-over-year U.S. sales decline, but January 2016 wasn’t a regular month.

The quirks of the U.S. auto industry’s calendar means there were only 24 selling days in January 2016, down from 26 in January 2015. This means that the 3% “January” volume decline you see in the first table below translates to a 5% increase in the daily selling rate.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – January 2016

Regardless of how you shake the numbers out, the Nissan Murano continues to sell like the Nissan Murano used to sell in the distant past. Year-over-year, Murano volume jumped 46% to 5516 units in January 2016. Over the six previous Januarys, Nissan had averaged fewer than 3400 monthly Murano sales. 

USA midsize SUV sales chart January 2016
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January was also a big month for the Dodge Durango. Durango volume rose above the 6000-unit mark for just the eighth time since the Durango returned for model year 2011. Dodge has averaged fewer than 4800 monthly Durango sales over the last five years. 

Even the Ford Flex posted a big increase, though for the Flex, a 37% year-over-year improvement equals only 533 extra sales. Fewer than 2000 Flexes were purchased or leased last month, but for the nearly eight-year-old Flex, January’s 1991 sales represented an eight-month high.

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 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 • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

SUV
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3692
3497 5.6% 3692 3497 5.6%
7014
10,151 -30.9% 7014 10,151 -30.9%
6079
3585 69.6% 6079 3585 69.6%
9533
7581 25.7% 9533 7581 25.7%
16,614
17,036 -2.5% 16,614 17,036 -2.5%
1991
1458 36.6% 1991 1458 36.6%
5385
5898 -8.7% 5385 5898 -8.7%
8561
12,315 -30.5% 8561 12,315 -30.5%
5139
7749 -33.7% 5139 7749 -33.7%
13,164
12,806 2.8% 13,164 12,806 2.8%
6695
7543 -11.2% 6695 7543 -11.2%
512
1269 -59.7% 512 1269 -59.7%
5516
3773 46.2% 5516 3773 46.2%
6451
6138 5.1% 6451 6138 5.1%
7496
6945 7.9% 7496 6945 7.9%
11,258
11,060 1.8% 11,258 11,060 1.8%
354
482 -26.6% 354 482 -26.6%
Total
115,454
119,286 -3.2% 115,454 119,286 -3.2%

Offroaders
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
10,797
11,683 -7.6% 10,797 11,683 -7.6%
18
998 -98.2% 18 998 -98.2%
1
158 -99.4% 1 158 -99.4%
Total
10,816
12,839 -15.8% 10,816 12,839 -15.8%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
266
661 -59.8% 266 661 -59.8%
11,197
11,351 -1.4% 11,197 11,351 -1.4%
184
2105 -91.3% 184 2105 -91.3%
Total
11,647
14,117 -17.5% 11,647 14,117 -17.5%

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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Midsize SUV Sales In America – January 2017
Midsize SUV Sales In America – February 2016 YTD
Midsize SUV Sales In America – December 2015/Year End
Midsize SUV Sales In America – January 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – January 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2016
Small SUV Sales In America – January 2016