Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In America – September 2016


2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Honda CR-V reclaimed the lead as America’s best-selling SUV/crossover in August 2016 and further secured that lead in September, outselling the second-ranked Toyota RAV4 by nearly 2500 units.

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

U.S. sales of the CR-V, RAV4, and Nissan Rogue – the three top-selling utility vehicles in America – grew by 5688 units in September, a substantial year-over-year gain given the gradual decline of the industry as a whole. Indeed, as U.S. auto sales decreased in September 2016, 14 of the 20 most popular SUVs/crossovers in America increased their sales totals.

The Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Wrangler, and Honda Pilot did not. 

In fact, Jeep, one of only two auto brands built exclusively around SUVs/crossovers, saw total sales fall 3% after improving in 35 consecutive months of year-over-year improvement. 
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But the SUV/crossover headline is nevertheless clear. If an automaker is going to source U.S. sales growth, this is the sector where it must take place.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of America’s best-selling trucks in September and will shortly publish the list of America’s 20 best-selling cars.

October 2016 • August 2016September 2015

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Honda CR-V
31,884 29,925 6.5% 263,493 259,499 1.5%
#2
Toyota RAV4
29,438 27,104 8.6% 260,380 227,922 14.2%
#3
Nissan Rogue
26,459 25,064 5.6% 241,619 213,207 13.3%
#4
Ford Escape
25,065 28,473 -12.0% 234,764 233,012 0.8%
#5
Ford Explorer
19,146 20,715 -7.6% 188,425 190,171 -0.9%
#6
Jeep Grand Cherokee
18,507 15,715 17.8% 153,926 141,679 8.6%
#7
Jeep Cherokee
17,995 20,484 -12.2% 158,346 160,341 -1.2%
#8
Subaru Outback
16,978 15,126 12.2% 126,426 108,419 16.6%
#9
Subaru Forester
15,883 15,364 3.4% 130,652 129,568 0.8%
#10
Chevrolet Equinox
15,261 21,537 -29.1% 173,736 214,042 -18.8%
#11
Toyota Highlander
14,937 12,310 21.3% 127,045 116,760 8.8%
#12
Jeep Wrangler
14,255 17,486 -18.5% 148,627 157,255 -5.5%
#13
Jeep Patriot
12,316 9280 32.7% 96,039 89,666 7.1%
#14
Dodge Journey
12,091 11,442 5.7% 77,946 82,035 -5.0%
#15
Hyundai Santa Fe
11,350 10,752 5.6% 98,298 88,400 11.2%
#16
Ford Edge
10,322 10,262 0.6% 103,076 95,709 7.7%
#17
Chevrolet Tahoe
10,051 6119 64.3% 70,000 64,728 8.1%
#18
Mazda CX-5
9385 9107 3.1% 82,439 82,013 0.5%
#19
Honda Pilot
9206 10,238 -10.1% 90,999 98,980 -8.1%
#20
Toyota 4Runner
9058 7506 20.7% 83,298 70,902 17.5%

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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