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


2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport white

The Toyota Highlander, not the usually favoured Ford Explorer, was America’s best-selling three-row vehicle in December 2016.

Refreshed for the 2017 model year with altered styling and a new 8-speed automatic, sales of the Toyota Highlander jumped 58% to 25,425 units in December 2016, a record high for the Highlander. Highlander volume rose by a fifth over the course of 2016 to 191,379 units, second in the segment, 57,128 sales behind the Explorer, which includes the Explorer Police Interceptor. 

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

Explorer sales dipped slightly from 2015 levels, when Ford had reported an 11-year high in sales of America’s former number-one-selling SUV.

USA midsize SUV sales chart 2016
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Along with record sales of the Highlander, 2016 also hosted all-time records for the Hyundai Santa Fe (figures of which include both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport) and Nissan Murano. 

Numerous three-row crossovers are awaiting forthcoming replacements. The Chevrolet Traverse’s long-awaited second-generation edition was just revealed in Detroit. GMC’s second-generation Acadia arrived at dealers in late 2016. The Honda Pilot, meanwhile, replaced for the 2016 model year, struggled with poor supply through much of 2016. 

Honda is now moving all Acura MDX production to East Liberty, Ohio, in order to free up space for the Pilot, new Odyssey, and Ridgeline in Alabama.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the 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

SUV
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
3800
5936 -36.0% 52,028 62,081 -16.2%
10,381
9143 13.5% 116,701 119,945 -2.7%
5796
7826 -25.9% 68,474 64,723 5.8%
12,691
10,263 23.7% 134,588 124,120 8.4%
21,857
21,667 0.9% 248,507 249,251 -0.3%
3090
1735 78.1% 22,668 19,570 15.8%
12,189
7266 67.8% 88,466 96,393 -8.2%
12,072
13,344 -9.5% 120,772 136,212 -11.3%
10,862
9518 14.1% 131,257 118,134 11.1%
23,250
20,566 13.1% 212,273 196,312 8.1%
11,782
12,872 -8.5% 114,733 116,249 -1.3%
2594
1202 116% 16,051 18,048 -11.1%
7881
7083 11.3% 86,953 62,907 38.2%
9368
8366 12.0% 81,701 82,041 -0.4%
11,489
9953 15.4% 111,970 97,034 15.4%
25,425
16,100 57.9% 191,379 158,917 20.4%
396
486 -18.5% 4223 7037 -40.0%
Total
184,923
163,326 13.2% 1,802,744 1,728,974 4.3%
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%
Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
613 -100% 726 9104 -92.0%
20,695
16,067 28.8% 182,898 152,294 20.1%
1
401 -99.8% 589 21,351 -97.2%
Total
20,696
17,081 21.2% 184,213 182,749 0.8%

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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