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.

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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

Rank
SUV/Crossover
Jan.
2016 YTD
Jan.
2015 YTD
%
Change
#1 Toyota RAV4 21,554 19,824 8.7%
#2 Nissan Rogue 19,762 15,649 26.3%
#3 Ford Escape 19,219 20,054 -4.2%
#4 Honda CR-V 19,208 23,211 -17.2%
#5 Chevrolet Equinox 18,574 19,555 -5.0%
#6 Ford Explorer 16,614 17,036 -2.5%
#6.1 Ford Explorer * 14,266 14,995 -4.9%
#6.2 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor * 2,348 2,041 15.0%
#7 Jeep Cherokee 15,347 15,154 1.3%
#8 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13,164 12,806 2.8%
#9 Subaru Forester 11,904 11,210 6.2%
#10 Toyota Highlander 11,258 11,060 1.8%
#11 Subaru Outback 11,197 11,351 -1.4%
#12 Jeep Wrangler 10,797 11,683 -7.6%
#13 Ford Edge 9,533 7,581 25.7%
#14 GMC Terrain 8,835 8,844 -0.1%
#15 Honda Pilot 8,561 12,315 -30.5%
#16 Dodge Journey 8,456 7,041 20.1%
#17 Jeep Patriot 8,273 7,563 9.4%
#18 Toyota 4Runner 7,496 6,945 7.9%
#19 Mazda CX-5 7,063 5,949 18.7%
#20 Chevrolet Traverse 7,014 10,151 -30.9%
#21 Lexus RX 6,956 6,569 5.9%
#22 Kia Sorento 6,695 7,543 -11.2%
#23 Nissan Pathfinder 6,451 6,138 5.1%
#24 Subaru XV Crosstrek 6,448 6,513 -1.0%
#25 Jeep Renegade 6,362
#26 Chevrolet Tahoe 6,199 6,607 -6.2%
#27 Dodge Durango 6,079 3,585 69.6%
#28 Nissan Murano 5,516 3,773 46.2%
#29 GMC Acadia 5,385 5,898 -8.7%
#30 Hyundai Tucson 5,218 3,036 71.9%
#31 Hyundai Santa Fe 5,139 7,749 -33.7%
#32 Jeep Compass 5,089 4,317 17.9%
#33 Buick Encore 4,920 3,465 42.0%
#34 Kia Sportage 4,803 3,054 57.3%
#35 Cadillac SRX 4,778 3,485 37.1%
#36 Honda HR-V 4,177
#37 Chevrolet Trax 3,746 1,839 104%
#38 Buick Enclave 3,692 3,497 5.6%
#39 Acura MDX 3,576 4,381 -18.4%
#40 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 3,515
#41 Chevrolet Suburban 3,270 4,130 -20.8%
#42 Lexus NX 3,133 2,812 11.4%
#43 Acura RDX 3,104 3,517 -11.7%
#44 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 3,041 1,878 61.9%
#45 Ford Expedition 2,855 2,460 16.1%
#46 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 2,765
#47 Audi Q5 2,691 2,927 -8.1%
#48 BMW X5 2,584 3,214 -19.6%
#49 GMC Yukon 2,567 2,649 -3.1%
#50 Volkswagen Tiguan 2,528 1,473 71.6%
#51 Volvo XC90 2,375 38 6,150%
#52 Infiniti QX60 2,372 2,577 -8.0%
#53 Audi Q7 2,336 880 165%
#54 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2,233 2,267 -1.5%
#55 Lincoln MKX 2,052 1,358 51.1%
T56 BMW X3 2,002 1,341 49.3%
T56 Cadillac Escalade ^ 2,002 2,764 -27.6%
T56.1 Cadillac Escalade * 1,227 1,664 -26.3%
T56.2 Cadillac Escalade ESV * 775 1,100 -29.5%
#58 GMC Yukon XL 1,995 1,965 1.5%
#59 Ford Flex 1,991 1,458 36.6%
#60 BMW X1 1,937 518 274%
#61 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 1,796 2,121 -15.3%
#62 Lexus GX 1,608 1,803 -10.8%
#63 Mitsubishi Outlander 1,543 1,003 53.8%
#64 Nissan Juke 1,510 2,001 -24.5%
#65 Land Rover Range Rover 1,475 1,481 -0.4%
#66 Porsche Macan 1,469 796 84.5%
#67 Lincoln MKC 1,436 1,602 -10.4%
#68 Porsche Cayenne 1,395 1,116 25.0%
#69 Mazda CX-3 1,375
#70 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 1,361 1,752 -22.3%
#71 Infiniti QX80 1,164 1,248 -6.7%
#72 Land Rover Discovery Sport 1,040
#73 Fiat 500X 1,018
#74 Infiniti QX50 994 188 429%
#75 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 933 1,403 -33.5%
#76 Audi Q3 902 873 3.3%
#77 Volvo XC60 860 1,517 -43.3%
#78 Toyota Sequoia 852 904 -5.8%
#79 Land Rover LR4 846 609 38.9%
#80 Nissan Armada 774 1,029 -24.8%
#81 Lincoln Navigator 700 916 -23.6%
#82 Lexus LX 585 293 99.7%
#83 Mazda CX-9 512 1,269 -59.7%
#84 Lincoln MKT 505 268 88.4%
#85 Mini Countryman 504 745 -32.3%
#86 Infiniti QX70 436 557 -21.7%
#87 BMW X6 385 433 -11.1%
#88 Volkswagen Touareg 354 482 -26.6%
#89 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 338 231 46.3%
#90 Toyota Land Cruiser 273 251 8.8%
#91 BMW X4 262 396 -33.8%
#92 Toyota Venza 184 2,105 -91.3%
#93 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 148 3,144 -95.3%
#94 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 84 1,398 -94.0%
#95 Nissan Xterra 18 998 -98.2%
#96 Mini Paceman 8 82 -90.2%
#97 Toyota FJ Cruiser 1 158 -99.4%
#98 Land Rover LR2 36 -100%
#99 Chevrolet Captiva Sport 10 -100%
Total
438,054 411,875 6.4%

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.