Small SUV Sales In America – December 2016 & 2016 Year End


2017 Kia Sportage

America’s four best-selling utility vehicles, small crossovers all of them, each reported all-time record U.S. sales in calendar year 2016.

The Honda CR-V, at the end of its fourth-generation’s tenure, rose 3% to 357,335 units. The Toyota RAV4, for much of 2016 the top-selling utility vehicle in America, jumped 12% to 352,154 units. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – 2016 Year End

The third-ranked Nissan Rogue, which topped the sector thanks to a 53% uptick in December, jumped 15% in 2016 to 329,904 units. And the Ford Escape, the last SUV/crossover to take the best seller’s crown from the CR-V, posted a modest 0.2% uptick to 307,069 sales.

Together, the quartet added 92,000 sales to the U.S. auto industry’s ledger in 2016, a hugely meaningful improvement given the industry’s overall 56,000-unit increase. 

USA small SUV sales chart 2016
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Seemingly, the rapid growth of subcompact crossover sales hasn’t impeded their bigger brethren from making meaningful gains. 

Subcompact CUVs, led by the Jeep Renegade and GM’s Buick and Chevrolet twins – Encore and Trax – jumped 27% to 537,609. 

Keep in mind, on their own, the CR-V and RAV4 sold more than 700,000 copies in 2016.

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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
2 55 -96.4%
27,195
21,827 24.6% 242,195 277,589 -12.8%
9768
7829 24.8% 106,759 108,085 -1.2%
25,788
27,954 -7.7% 307,069 306,492 0.2%
7440
9649 -22.9% 87,925 112,030 -21.5%
37,778
31,185 21.1% 357,335 345,647 3.4%
8676
8311 4.4% 89,713 63,591 41.1%
16,380
24,652 -33.6% 199,736 220,744 -9.5%
7954
7260 9.6% 94,061 71,448 31.7%
7809
12,306 -36.5% 121,926 121,274 0.5%
6207
6044 2.7% 81,066 53,739 50.9%
11,989
11,417 5.0% 112,235 111,450 0.7%
2465
1936 27.3% 26,576 19,055 39.5%
40,477
26,479 52.9% 329,904 287,190 14.9%
18,015
16,797 7.3% 178,593 175,192 1.9%
37,214
31,866 16.8% 352,154 315,412 11.6%
5575
4900 13.8% 43,638 35,843 21.7%
Total
270,730
250,412 8.1% 2,730,887 2,624,836 4.0%

Subcompact SUVs 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
7755
6498 19.3% 78,565 67,549 16.3%
8007
5323 50.4% 79,016 63,030 25.4%
843
3572 -76.4% 11,712 11,357 3.1%
9034
4737 90.7% 82,041 41,969 95.5%
12,045
8653 39.2% 106,606 60,864 75.2%
1646
1663 -1.0% 18,557 6406 190%
853
2148 -60.3% 12,706 16,686 -23.9%
1
38 -97.4% 85 1708 -95.0%
2500
3356 -25.5% 33,067 36,966 -10.5%
1290
1958 -34.1% 19,577 27,121 -27.8%
10,229
8090 26.4% 95,677 88,927 7.6%
Total
54,203
46,036 17.7% 537,609 422,583 27.2%

Offroaders
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
15,721
15,431 1.9% 191,774 202,266 -5.2%
70 -100% 38 10,672 -99.6%
3 -100% 9 229 -96.1%
Total
15,721
15,504 1.4% 191,821 213,167 -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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Midsize SUV Sales In America – December & 2016 Year End