Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – April 2016


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A streak which began in November 2015 continued through April 2016. Over the last half-year, six full months, the Toyota RAV4 has been America’s best-selling SUV/crossover.

The RAV4’s April 2016 victory came about thanks to the Toyota’s own 32% year-over-year increase and 3807 RAV4 Hybrid sales. The nearest competitor, Honda’s typically top-ranked CR-V, was 1239 sales behind as a result of its own 2% year-over-year decline.

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

For the most part, however – despite further losses from a handful of top-selling domestic utilities – the SUV/crossover sector was full of popular models which sold better in April 2016 than in April 2015. From the Ford Explorer’s 25% jump to the Toyota 4Runner’s 36% leap forward to the doubling up of Jeep Renegade and Compass sales, improvements were common.

The exceptions included Ford’s top-selling utility, the Escape, as well as Ford’s third-ranked utility, the new Edge, and the top-selling utilities from General Motors (Chevrolet Equinox) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Jeep Cherokee). The Cherokee’s 7% drop, in fact, helped two other Jeeps to sell more often.

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Yet the Jeep brand did sell more vehicles in April 2016 than in any prior April. Jeep earned fully a quarter of the best sellers’ list available positions with its second-highest-volume month ever. 

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 April and will shortly publish the list of America’s 20 best-selling cars.

April 2017 • May 2016 • March 2016April 2015

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Toyota RAV4
30,152 22,914 31.6% 106,274 89,924 18.2%
#2
Honda CR-V
28,913 29,452 -1.8% 100,101 102,579 -2.4%
#3
Ford Escape
23,920 25,770 -7.2% 95,514 93,042 2.7%
#4
Ford Explorer
23,546 18,844 25.0% 86,961 77,551 12.1%
#5
Nissan Rogue
23,173 21,767 6.5% 92,209 86,253 6.9%
#6
Chevrolet Equinox
20,607 28,856 -28.6% 80,486 94,469 -14.8%
#7
Jeep Wrangler
19,003 18,849 0.8% 60,744 60,967 -0.4%
#8
Jeep Grand Cherokee
18,021 16,030 12.4% 65,071 59,407 9.5%
#9
Jeep Cherokee
17,667 19,072 -7.4% 67,201 67,285 -0.1%
#10
Toyota Highlander
15,037 13,763 9.3% 53,710 49,125 9.3%
#11
Subaru Forester
14,490 13,977 3.7% 52,917 51,613 2.5%
#12
Subaru Outback
14,294 12,534 14.0% 51,565 48,021 7.4%
#13
Chevrolet Traverse
12,186 11,475 6.2% 39,105 42,434 -7.8%
#14
Ford Edge
11,484 13,097 -12.3% 47,477 36,609 29.7%
#15
Honda Pilot
11,370 11,222 1.3% 40,096 48,103 -16.6%
#16
Jeep Patriot
10,456 9470 10.4% 39,203 39,162 0.1%
#17
Kia Sorento
10,353 9808 5.6% 35,046 36,711 -4.5%
#18
Toyota 4Runner
10,135 7432 36.4% 35,706 29,445 21.3%
#19
Jeep Renegade
9730 4214 131% 31,681 5157 514%
#20
Jeep Compass
9421 4124 128% 29,995 18,530 61.9%

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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