Midsize SUV Sales In America – May 2016 YTD


2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

Plunging sales of General Motors’ Lambda platform crossovers caused an overall slowdown in U.S. sales of three-row mainstream crossovers in May 2016. 

The Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia triplets lost 9568 U.S. sales in May 2016. Together, the GM trio, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander suffered a 15% year-over-year decline in May 2016. 

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

Of that group, only the Durango, up 2% in May and 23% in the first five months of 2016, sold more often last month than at the same point in 2015. 

USA midsize SUV sales chart May 2016
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The best-selling three-row vehicle in America continues to be the Ford Explorer. Sales of the Explorer dropped 2% in May 2016, but May 2016 was an abbreviated month on the auto sales calendar, with two fewer selling days than in May 2015. The Explorer’s daily selling rate, therefore, was actually up 6%. 

Ford is on track to sell more than 270,000 total Explorers in calendar year 2016, more than at any point since 2004.

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 midsize 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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3200
5632 -43.2% 20,657 22,884 -9.7%
7230
10,275 -29.6% 46,335 52,709 -12.1%
6185
6084 1.7% 32,204 26,101 23.4%
12,384
14,399 -14.0% 59,861 51,008 17.4%
21,790
22,304 -2.3% 108,751 99,855 8.9%
1809
2443 -26.0% 10,237 9004 13.7%
6407
10,498 -39.0% 31,982 39,634 -19.3%
11,248
11,760 -4.4% 51,344 59,863 -14.2%
14,732
7832 88.1% 39,099 44,292 -11.7%
18,856
18,209 3.6% 83,927 77,616 8.1%
11,914
10,743 10.9% 46,960 47,454 -1.0%
616
1924 -68.0% 1777 7680 -76.9%
5978
5715 4.6% 33,828 23,161 46.1%
5981
7421 -19.4% 34,022 34,770 -2.2%
10,352
8549 21.1% 46,058 37,994 21.2%
14,783
15,432 -4.2% 68,493 64,557 6.1%
360
700 -48.6% 1948 2749 -29.1%
Total
153,825
159,920 -3.8% 717,483 701,331 2.3%

Offroaders
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
19,551
22,324 -12.4% 80,295 83,291 -3.6%
4
1198 -99.7% 34 5734 -99.4%
2
8 -75.0% 6 211 -97.2%
Total
19,557
23,530 -16.9% 80,335 89,236 -10.0%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
42
887 -95.3% 680 3759 -81.9%
12,404
12,384 0.2% 63,969 60,405 5.9%
31
2298 -98.7% 503 11,180 -95.5%
Total
12,477
15,569 -19.9% 65,152 75,344 -13.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
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 Outback and Venza here but also with midsize cars, too, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with smaller utilities and the Volkswagen Touareg with luxury SUVs… 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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