Small SUV Sales In America – May 2016 YTD


2017 Ford Escape red rear

The U.S. auto market’s growth slowed in May 2016, but small SUVs and crossovers continued as hot tickets in a market that’s gradually turning away from traditional midsize sedans.

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

The Ford Escape, refreshed for model year 2017, rose 5.5% to 30,861 units, second in class. Toyota’s top-selling RAV4 posted a significant 12% increase to 32,261 units, stretching the RAV4’s lead over the next-best-selling Honda CR-V to 9075 units heading into June. 

Massive improvements were also reported by fraternal Korean twins, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, sales of which rose 90% and 91%, respectively.

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Meanwhile, subcompact crossovers collectively rose 26% in May and are up 60% so far this year. For the first time in its one-year history, the Jeep Renegade topped the 10K mark and was also one of five Jeeps among the 20 top-selling SUVs/crossovers in America in May. 

The Renegade earned 23% of all U.S. subcompact CUV sales in May 2016. GM’s twins, the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax, combined for 24% of the segment’s sales.

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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1
2 -50.0% 1 49 -98.0%
21,252
29,456 -27.9% 101,738 123,925 -17.9%
6137
8813 -30.4% 37,423 41,456 -9.7%
30,861
29,248 5.5% 126,375 122,290 3.3%
7513
9674 -22.3% 38,815 46,199 -16.0%
29,359
32,090 -8.5% 129,460 134,669 -3.9%
7369
3881 89.9% 35,471 19,028 86.4%
19,208
19,669 -2.3% 86,409 86,954 -0.6%
9198
4252 116% 39,193 22,782 72.0%
12,864
10,782 19.3% 52,067 49,944 4.3%
8568
4487 91.0% 33,680 20,405 65.1%
9951
10,717 -7.1% 42,384 43,970 -3.6%
2936
1341 119% 11,485 6388 79.8%
27,428
25,901 5.9% 119,637 112,154 6.7%
15,309
15,157 1.0% 68,226 66,770 2.2%
32,261
28,808 12.0% 138,535 118,732 16.7%
4394
3079 42.7% 17,490 11,073 58.0%
Total
244,609
237,357 3.1% 1,078,389 1,026,788 5.0%

Subcompact SUVs 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6522
5400 20.8% 30,330 25,023 21.2%
5102
5707 -10.6% 23,339 18,844 23.9%
1250
8 15,525% 6308 8 78,750%
7392
6381 15.8% 29,876 6381 368%
10,868
4416 146% 42,549 9573 344%
1570
7990
1236
1768 -30.1% 4851 6237 -22.2%
9
251 -96.4% 48 590 -91.9%
3060
3384 -9.6% 13,372 13,945 -4.1%
2271
2625 -13.5% 10,032 12,080 -17.0%
8467
7876 7.5% 35,624 34,893 2.1%
Total
47,747
37,816 26.3% 204,319 127,574 60.2%

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%

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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Small SUV Sales In America – June 2016
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Small SUV Sales In America – May 2015
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U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – May 2016
Midsize SUV Sales In America – May 2016