January 2016 U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 97 Best-Selling SUVs In America - Every SUV Ranked

U.S. auto sales volume dipped slightly in January 2016, a modest decline during an abbreviated month. Sales of SUVs and crossovers, of course, jumped 6% to nearly 440,000 units.

The Toyota RAV4 was America's top-selling utility vehicle for a third consecutive month. After four years of Honda CR-V leadership – and with the CR-V getting off to 2015 on the wrong foot – is 2016 the year the RAV4 grabs the SUV/crossover sales victory for the first time?

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There's no doubt 2016 began with a tight race for top spot. The RAV4 led the second-ranked Nissan Rogue by only 1792 units. The Ford Escape finished January only 543 sales back of the Rogue. The CR-V trailed the Escape by only 11 sales. Chevrolet's Equinox was only 634 sales back of the CR-V.

The Lexus RX was America's best-selling premium utility vehicle, finishing January as the 21st-best-selling utility vehicle overall, 2178 sales ahead of the Cadillac SRX.

On the premium front, it's worth noting the misleading Mercedes-Benz sales figures. Mercedes-Benz is changing the names of many products. As a result, consider the totals achieved by certain Benzes and their predecessors. ML and new GLE sales were up 17% to 3663. The GLK and new GLC doubled to 2849 sales.

U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - January 2017
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - February 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - 2015 Year End
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - January 2015

For the purposes of total SUV/crossover and passenger car sales tallies, the Subaru Outback, Subaru Crosstrek, and Toyota Venza are now tabulated with SUVs/crossovers, not cars. This was not the case last year. The Outback ranked 11th in January sales; the Crosstrek ranked 24th. 

Top 11 Best-Selling Pickup Trucks In America - January 2016
Commercial Van Sales In America - January 2016
Minivan Sales In America - January 2016

Compared with January 2015, new entrants over the last year include the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, aforementioned GLE and GLC, the Mazda CX-3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Fiat 500X.

At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you're on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - January 2016
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016

Reminder: these are January 2016 rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by January volume by clicking the January 2016 column header – which produces the same results this month – 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.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015
2016 YTD
2015 YTD
#1Toyota RAV421,55419,8248.7%
#2Nissan Rogue19,76215,64926.3%
#3Ford Escape19,21920,054-4.2%
#4Honda CR-V19,20823,211-17.2%
#5Chevrolet Equinox18,57419,555-5.0%
#6Ford Explorer16,61417,036-2.5%
#6.1Ford Explorer *14,26614,995-4.9%
#6.2Ford Explorer Police Interceptor *2,3482,04115.0%
#7Jeep Cherokee15,34715,1541.3%
#8Jeep Grand Cherokee13,16412,8062.8%
#9Subaru Forester11,90411,2106.2%
#10Toyota Highlander11,25811,0601.8%
#11Subaru Outback11,19711,351-1.4%
#12Jeep Wrangler10,79711,683-7.6%
#13Ford Edge9,5337,58125.7%
#14GMC Terrain8,8358,844-0.1%
#15Honda Pilot8,56112,315-30.5%
#16Dodge Journey8,4567,04120.1%
#17Jeep Patriot8,2737,5639.4%
#18Toyota 4Runner7,4966,9457.9%
#19Mazda CX-57,0635,94918.7%
#20Chevrolet Traverse7,01410,151-30.9%
#21Lexus RX6,9566,5695.9%
#22Kia Sorento6,6957,543-11.2%
#23Nissan Pathfinder6,4516,1385.1%
#24Subaru XV Crosstrek6,4486,513-1.0%
#25Jeep Renegade6,362------
#26Chevrolet Tahoe6,1996,607-6.2%
#27Dodge Durango6,0793,58569.6%
#28Nissan Murano5,5163,77346.2%
#29GMC Acadia5,3855,898-8.7%
#30Hyundai Tucson5,2183,03671.9%
#31Hyundai Santa Fe5,1397,749-33.7%
#32Jeep Compass5,0894,31717.9%
#33Buick Encore4,9203,46542.0%
#34Kia Sportage4,8033,05457.3%
#35Cadillac SRX4,7783,48537.1%
#36Honda HR-V4,177------
#37Chevrolet Trax3,7461,839104%
#38Buick Enclave3,6923,4975.6%
#39Acura MDX3,5764,381-18.4%
#40Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class3,515------
#41Chevrolet Suburban3,2704,130-20.8%
#42Lexus NX3,1332,81211.4%
#43Acura RDX3,1043,517-11.7%
#44Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class3,0411,87861.9%
#45Ford Expedition2,8552,46016.1%
#46Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class2,765------
#47Audi Q52,6912,927-8.1%
#48BMW X52,5843,214-19.6%
#49GMC Yukon2,5672,649-3.1%
#50Volkswagen Tiguan2,5281,47371.6%
#51Volvo XC902,375386,150%
#52Infiniti QX602,3722,577-8.0%
#53Audi Q72,336880165%
#54Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2,2332,267-1.5%
#55Lincoln MKX2,0521,35851.1%
T56BMW X32,0021,34149.3%
T56Cadillac Escalade ^2,0022,764-27.6%
T56.1Cadillac Escalade *1,2271,664-26.3%
T56.2Cadillac Escalade ESV *7751,100-29.5%
#58GMC Yukon XL1,9951,9651.5%
#59Ford Flex1,9911,45836.6%
#60BMW X11,937518274%
#61Mercedes-Benz GL-Class1,7962,121-15.3%
#62Lexus GX1,6081,803-10.8%
#63Mitsubishi Outlander1,5431,00353.8%
#64Nissan Juke1,5102,001-24.5%
#65Land Rover Range Rover1,4751,481-0.4%
#66Porsche Macan1,46979684.5%
#67Lincoln MKC1,4361,602-10.4%
#68Porsche Cayenne1,3951,11625.0%
#69Mazda CX-31,375------
#70Land Rover Range Rover Sport1,3611,752-22.3%
#71Infiniti QX801,1641,248-6.7%
#72Land Rover Discovery Sport1,040------
#73Fiat 500X1,018------
#74Infiniti QX50994188429%
#75Land Rover Range Rover Evoque9331,403-33.5%
#76Audi Q39028733.3%
#77Volvo XC608601,517-43.3%
#78Toyota Sequoia852904-5.8%
#79Land Rover LR484660938.9%
#80Nissan Armada7741,029-24.8%
#81Lincoln Navigator700916-23.6%
#82Lexus LX58529399.7%
#83Mazda CX-95121,269-59.7%
#84Lincoln MKT50526888.4%
#85Mini Countryman504745-32.3%
#86Infiniti QX70436557-21.7%
#87BMW X6385433-11.1%
#88Volkswagen Touareg354482-26.6%
#89Mercedes-Benz G-Class33823146.3%
#90Toyota Land Cruiser2732518.8%
#91BMW X4262396-33.8%
#92Toyota Venza1842,105-91.3%
#93Mercedes-Benz M-Class1483,144-95.3%
#94Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class841,398-94.0%
#95Nissan Xterra18998-98.2%
#96Mini Paceman882-90.2%
#97Toyota FJ Cruiser1158-99.4%
#98Land Rover LR2---36-100%
#99Chevrolet Captiva Sport---10-100%
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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 Volvo XC70 a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the XC70 (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can't be squeezed through a round hole.

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