Small SUV Sales In America – March 2016 YTD


2017 Buick Encore

America’s core group of small SUVs posted only modest year-over-year sales growth in March 2016 as key competitors from Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Mazda, and Subaru posted declining sales.

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

The Honda CR-V, the top-selling SUV/crossover in America in each of the last four years, lost 3% of its March sales and is down 3% through the first-quarter of 2016. As a result, the CR-V currently ranks third in its category, behind the surging Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape, which is growing faster than the segment in which it competes.

USA small SUV sales chart March 2016
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At General Motors, the Equinox and Terrain combined for 9599 fewer sales in 2016’s first-quarter than during the same period one year ago. 

Many of those sales – 7224 – were made up for by the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax. The Encore and Trax, with base prices of $24,065 and $20,300 are high-profit variants of the $14,345 Chevrolet Sonic. 

They also make General Motors a major player in the subcompact crossover arena. 27% of the category’s first-quarter sales were produced by the Encore and Trax. The Jeep Renegade is America’s top-selling subcompact SUV. March was the Renegade’s second-best month since launching one year ago. Both the Encore and Trax are refreshed for model year 2017.

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 • March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
13 -100% 36 -100%
21,480
24,335 -11.7% 59,879 65,613 -8.7%
9986
9222 8.3% 26,421 23,982 10.2%
28,521
26,303 8.4% 71,594 67,272 6.4%
6891
8030 -14.2% 23,958 27,733 -13.6%
26,730
27,618 -3.2% 71,188 73,127 -2.7%
7830
4222 85.5% 20,384 11,127 83.2%
19,170
19,033 0.7% 49,534 48,213 2.7%
8282
5420 52.8% 20,574 14,406 42.8%
9837
11,849 -17.0% 28,747 29,692 -3.2%
6804
5184 31.3% 17,467 11,645 50.0%
8965
10,899 -17.7% 23,607 24,293 -2.8%
2156
1615 33.5% 5820 3793 53.4%
27,713
27,418 1.1% 69,036 64,486 7.1%
14,284
14,967 -4.6% 38,427 37,636 2.1%
29,045
25,243 15.1% 76,122 67,010 13.6%
3519
2300 53.0% 9292 5592 66.2%
Total
231,213
223,671 3.4% 612,050 575,656 6.3%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6426
5650 13.7% 17,219 14,036 22.7%
5167
4026 28.3% 13,727 9686 41.7%
1399
3964
6398
15,515
8832
943 837% 21,951 943 2228%
1748
4916
1281
1542 -16.9% 2366 3225 -26.6%
15
112 -86.6% 30 257 -88.3%
2874
3226 -10.9% 7698 7887 -2.4%
2498
2838 -12.0% 5871 7022 -16.4%
6973
7162 -2.6% 19,550 20,081 -2.6%
Total
43,611
25,499 71.0% 112,807 63,137 78.7%

Offroaders
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
17,710
17,524 1.1% 41,471 42,118 -0.9%
1422 -100% 28 3436 -99.2%
12 -100% 1 195 -99.5%
Total
17,710
18,958 -6.6% 41,500 45,749 -9.3%

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.

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