Small SUV Sales In America – September 2016 YTD


2018 Chevolet Equinox red rear

Against expectations fuelled by many months of powerful SUV/crossover sales growth and the sector’s 4% rate of year-over-year growth in September, U.S. sales of compact SUVs/crossovers slid 3% in September 2016.

Much of the blame belongs to General Motors. With a new and already-revealed (above) Chevrolet Equinox due shortly, sales of the outgoing second-generation Chevrolet Equinox continue to dive. In September, the Equinox’s 29% drop equalled 6276 lost sales. Then sales of its twin, the GMC Terrain, also approaching the end of its tenure, tumbled 48% to only 5656 units, a 5279-unit decline to the lowest Terrain sales total since January 2012.

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

In addition to GM’s difficulties, Jeep ended a 35-month streak of year-over-year improvements with a brand-wide 3% drop in September. The brand’s best-selling Cherokee model tumbled 12%, the fifth decline in six months.

USA September 2016 small SUV sales chart
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Then, in the subcompact crossover segment in which the Jeep Renegade is the year-to-date leader, Renegade volume tumbled 13% to 6776 units, a seven-month low. The Chevrolet Trax ended up leading the subcompact crossover segment in September. Combined, the Trax and its Buick Encore twin have outsold the Renegade and its shockingly rare Fiat 500X partner by some 24,000 units. 

In September, the Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek also outsold the Renegade.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • August 2016September 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2 55 -96.4%
15,261
21,537 -29.1% 173,736 214,042 -18.8%
12,091
11,442 5.7% 77,946 82,035 -5.0%
25,065
28,473 -12.0% 234,764 233,012 0.8%
5656
10,935 -48.3% 67,912 83,395 -18.6%
31,884
29,925 6.5% 263,493 259,499 1.5%
7333
7925 -7.5% 65,333 41,076 59.1%
17,995
20,484 -12.2% 158,346 160,341 -1.2%
6482
7701 -15.8% 72,916 48,192 51.3%
12,316
9280 32.7% 96,039 89,666 7.1%
6282
4012 56.6% 63,510 39,008 62.8%
9385
9107 3.1% 82,439 82,013 0.5%
1925
1949 -1.2% 19,462 13,362 45.7%
26,459
25,064 5.6% 241,619 213,207 13.3%
15,883
15,364 3.4% 130,652 129,568 0.8%
29,438
27,104 8.6% 260,380 227,922 14.2%
2988
2972 0.5% 30,225 22,221 36.0%
Total
226,443
233,274 -2.9% 2,038,774 1,938,614 5.2%

Subcompact SUVs & Crossovers
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
7297
5624 29.7% 56,484 49,285 14.6%
8526
6140 38.9% 54,124 43,051 25.7%
839
1856 -54.8% 9264 4170 122%
6853
4608 48.7% 58,270 29,225 99.4%
6776
7774 -12.8% 77,252 36,513 112%
1513
1340 12.9% 14,006 2038 587%
1031
1180 -12.6% 10,045 12,059 -16.7%
5
102 -95.1% 68 1317 -94.8%
2570
3140 -18.2% 25,518 27,561 -7.4%
947
2108 -55.1% 16,214 21,462 -24.5%
8261
7414 11.4% 68,810 66,738 3.1%
Total
44,618
41,286 8.1% 390,055 293,419 32.9%

Offroaders
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
14,255
17,486 -18.5% 148,627 157,255 -5.5%
766 -100% 38 10,012 -99.6%
1 -100% 8 224 -96.4%
Total
14,255
18,253 -21.9% 148,673 167,491 -11.2%

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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