Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – March 2016


2016 Lexus RX350

In March 2016, the Toyota Camry’s seventh consecutive month as America’s best-selling car, the Toyota RAV4 claimed the title of America’s best-selling SUV/crossover for a fifth consecutive month.

Among utility vehicles in the top 12, none grew faster than the RAV4, which posted a 15% year-over-year increase valued at 3802 additional sales. The margin of victory was narrow, at just 524 units, but the RAV4 now leads the second-ranked Escape by 4528 sales through the end of 2016’s first-quarter.

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

Meanwhile, sales of the Honda CR-V – 2015’s best-selling utility vehicle – slid 3% in March and 3% in Q1. The CR-V ranked fourth in the sector last month, narrowly missing out on second spot in Q1.

America’s top-selling three-row vehicle is the Ford Explorer, sales of which continued to rise in March. The Explorer’s closest rival was the 10th-ranked Toyota Highlander, which is nearly 25,000 sales behind the Ford heading into April.
medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’717379412′; Only one premium brand utility vehicle cracked the top 20 in March: Lexus’ RX. No European nameplate sold frequently enough, leaving 10 entries to Detroit and the remainder to Japanese and Korean automakers. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling SUVs and crossovers can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America’s best-selling trucks in March and will shortly publish the list of America’s 20 best-selling cars.

March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota RAV4
29,045 25,243 15.1% 76,122 67,010 13.6%
#2
Ford Escape
28,521 26,303 8.4% 71,594 67,272 6.4%
#3
Nissan Rogue
27,713 27,418 1.1% 69,036 64,486 7.1%
#4
Honda CR-V
26,730 27,618 -3.2% 71,188 73,127 -2.7%
#5
Ford Explorer
24,412 23,058 5.9% 63,415 58,707 8.0%
#6
Chevrolet Equinox
21,480 24,335 -11.7% 59,879 65,613 -8.7%
#7
Jeep Cherokee
19,170 19,033 0.7% 49,534 48,213 2.7%
#8
Jeep Grand Cherokee
18,506 16,815 10.1% 47,050 43,377 8.5%
#9
Jeep Wrangler
17,710 17,524 1.1% 41,741 42,118 -0.9%
#10
Toyota Highlander
14,949 13,039 14.6% 38,673 35,362 9.4%
#11
Subaru Forester
14,284 14,967 -4.6% 38,427 37,636 2.1%
#12
Subaru Outback
14,122 12,504 12.9% 37,271 35,487 5.0%
#13
Ford Edge
14,005 9405 48.9% 35,993 23,512 53.1%
#14
Chevrolet Traverse
10,747 11,103 -3.2% 26,919 30,959 -13.0%
#15
Honda Pilot
10,593 11,937 -11.3% 28,726 36,881 -22.1%
#16
Dodge Journey
9986 9222 8.3% 26,421 23,982 10.2%
#17
Kia Sorento
9897 10,842 -8.7% 24,693 26,903 -8.2%
#18
Jeep Patriot
9837 11,849 -17.0% 28,747 29,692 -3.2%
#19
Lexus RX
9648 9177 5.1% 23,796 22,236 7.0%
#20
Toyota 4Runner
9599 8648 11.0% 25,571 22,013 16.2%

Source: Automakers
The Subaru Outback and XV Crosstrek, formerly ranked with cars, are now eligible for best-selling SUV/crossover status on GCBC.

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