Small SUV Sales In America – December 2017


Best Selling Small SUVs in America for December 2017

Here you will find the Small SUV sales leaders in the United States for December 2017. Each month we compile the Small SUV sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the best selling list below.

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If you want more data, check out our last few months of data Small SUVs Sales in America – November 2017 or Small SUVs Sales in America – December 2016. Also check out our other Segment reports or dive deeper into Sporty Car Sales


Our Take On The Small SUVs Sales Numbers

After last year’s slight retraction of the market, sales of small SUVs returned to growth in 2017, once again going against the tide of the overall auto market.

Japanese nameplates top the small and crossover SUV year-to-date chart below, with the ongoing feud between the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue fuelling a sales war that’s pushed both to seriously impressive growth; both topped 400k sales in 2017 for the first time. Bare in mind that last year’s top finisher, the CR-V, ended that year on 300 sales over 357,000.

The CR-V comes in third place, falling short of the 400k mark by some distance, though still coming in with a respectable 5.8% growth on last year’s total.

None of the top-three year-to-date small SUVs managed to post year-over-year growth in December. The highest finisher for the year to do so was the Ford Escape, the highest domestic nameplate on our table, which managed to claw 0.4% growth in its total for the year.

The Subaru Forester, possible Subaru’s only badge to not break any sales records for the brand in 2017, overtakes the Jeep Cherokee to go sixth below the Chevrolet Equinox, which sold 20% more volume in 2017 than in 2016.

The Kia Soul rounds out the year as king of the subcompact SUV and crossover segment, though its sales fell over 40,000 in 2017 compared with the end of 2016. Kia introduced a turbocharged Soul in the first half of the year in an attempt to drive further sales, with many buyers opting instead for the newer Kia Niro SUV.

The Subaru Crosstrek, one of the brand’s sales successes for the year that was the most popular subcompact suv or crossover in December 2017, has been eyeing up the top spot. 2018 could be its year, as an all-new Crosstrek was revealed around the same time, and has proven itself a hit with the US car buying fraternity.


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Top Small SUVs Sales Figures – This Month

This sales table of shows the top Small SUV sales performers in the United States, including their year on year growth rates both for the most recent month and year to date figures. Note that this table is sortable and that it fees the chart below. You can easily change the chart by filtering and sorting the below table.

For reference US = United States Sales for the month, US LY = Last Year’s United States Sales for the month, US vs LY = The Year on Year Growth Rate, YTD = United States Sales Year to Date, YTD LY = Last Year’s United States Year to Date Sales, YTD vs LY = The Year on Year Growth Rate.

Small and Crossover SUV Sales

Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Buick Envision 6,056 3,931 54.10 41,040 14,193 189.20
Chevrolet Equinox 32,784 27,195 20.60 290,458 242,195 19.90
Dodge Journey 4,227 9,768 -56.70 89,470 106,759 -16.20
Ford Escape 26,253 25,788 1.80 308,296 307,069 0.40
GMC Terrain 6,500 7,440 -12.60 85,441 87,925 -2.80
Honda CR-V 36,983 37,778 -2.10 377,895 357,335 5.80
Hyundai Tucson 11,633 8,676 34.10 114,735 89,713 27.90
Jeep Cherokee 19,359 16,380 18.20 169,882 199,736 -14.90
Jeep Compass 8,743 7,954 9.90 83,253 94,061 -11.50
Jeep Patriot 240 7,809 -96.90 10,735 121,926 -91.20
Kia Sportage 5,585 6,207 -10.00 72,824 81,066 -10.20
Mazda CX-5 14,097 11,989 17.60 127,563 112,235 13.70
Mitsubishi Outlander 3,018 2,465 22.40 35,310 26,576 32.90
Nissan Rogue 40,172 40,477 -0.80 403,465 329,904 22.30
Subaru Forester 17,441 18,015 -3.20 177,563 178,593 -0.60
Toyota RAV4 32,542 37,214 -12.60 407,594 352,154 15.70
Volkswagen Tiguan 8,061 5,575 44.60 46,983 43,638 7.70
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 99 0 0.00 99 0 0.00
Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Total 273,793 Total 274,661 Total 2,842,606 Total 2,745,078

Subcompact SUV and Crossover Sales

Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Buick Encore 8,052 7,755 3.80 88,035 78,565 12.10
Chevrolet Trax 6,563 8,007 -18.00 79,289 79,016 0.30
Fiat 500L 111 102 8.80 1,664 3,118 -46.60
Fiat 500X 673 843 -20.20 7,665 11,712 -34.60
Honda HR-V 7,543 9,034 -16.50 94,034 82,041 14.60
Jeep Renegade 7,542 12,045 -37.40 103,434 106,606 -3.00
Kia Soul 7,610 12,427 -38.80 115,712 145,768 -20.60
Mazda CX-3 1,582 1,646 -3.90 16,355 18,558 -11.90
Mini Countryman 1,541 853 80.70 14,864 12,706 17.00
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 3,678 2,500 47.10 33,160 33,067 0.30
Nissan Juke 245 1,290 -81.00 10,157 19,577 -48.10
Subaru Crosstrek 12,302 10,229 20.30 110,138 95,677 15.10
Toyota C-HR 3,866 0 0.00 25,755 0 0.00
Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Total 61,308 Total 66,731 Total 700,262 Total 686,411