Small SUV Sales In America – January 2016


2015 Jeep Renegade blue

U.S. sales of small SUVs and crossovers, a core group of top-selling utilities like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape, jumped 6% in January 2016.

Sales of their subcompact brethren nearly doubled thanks to the input from four nameplates which weren’t on sale at this time a year ago: 500X, Renegade, HR-V, CX-3.

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

The improvements are even more notable than they appear at first glance. January wasn’t simply affected by a major east coast winter storm, nor was the strength of December perceived to be the only threat. There were only 24 selling days for the industry in January 2015, down from 26 in January 2015.

Thus, over a shorter period of time, small utility vehicle sales ballooned, and the sales of midsize cars and compact cars appeared measly by comparison.

USA small SUV sales chart January 2016
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Among the major small utilities, gains were reported virtually across the board. Only the 17% decline of the Honda CR-V, America’s perennial top-selling utility, stood out as a real negative. (The Equinox and Escape both improved their daily selling rate during the abbreviated January 2016 sales month.)

It does appear as though the bevy of new candidates are having an impact on sales of established subcompact utilities, however. The Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, and Subaru Crosstrek all posted declines, albeit marginal decreases in total volume for the Mitsubishi and Subaru.

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 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.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2016

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
10 -100% 10 -100%
18,574
19,555 -5.0% 18,574 19,555 -5.0%
8456
7041 20.1% 8456 7041 20.1%
19,219
20,054 -4.2% 19,219 20,054 -4.2%
8835
8844 -0.1% 8835 8844 -0.1%
19,208
23,211 -17.2% 19,208 23,211 -17.2%
5218
3036 71.9% 5218 3036 71.9%
15,347
15,154 1.3% 15,347 15,154 1.3%
5089
4317 17.9% 5089 4317 17.9%
8273
7563 9.4% 8273 7563 9.4%
4803
3054 57.3% 4803 3054 57.3%
7063
5949 18.7% 7063 5949 18.7%
1543
1003 53.8% 1543 1003 53.8%
19,762
15,649 26.3% 19,762 15,649 26.3%
11,904
11,210 6.2% 11,904 11,210 6.2%
21,554
19,824 8.7% 21,544 19,824 8.7%
2528
1473 71.6% 2528 1473 71.6%
Total
177,376
166,947 6.2% 177,376 166,947 6.2%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4920
3465 42.0% 4920 3465 42.0%
3746
1839 104% 3746 1839 104%
1018
1018 —-
4177
4177
6362
6362 —-
1375
1375
504
735 -32.3% 504 735 -32.3%
8
82 -90.2% 8 82 -90.2%
2233
2267 -1.5% 2233 2267 -1.5%
1510
2001 -24.5% 1510 2001 -24.5%
6448
6513 -1.0% 6448 6513 -1.0%
Total
32,301
16,902 91.1% 32,301 16,902 91.1%

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%

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.


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