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Midsize SUV Sales In America - March 2014 YTD

2013 Ford Explorer Sport white
As smaller siblings like the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue steal the limelight, sales of vehicles like the Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder are declining. In terms of year-over-year improvement, these bigger utility vehicles fared better in March 2014 than they did in February 2014, which was better than January 2014.

But growth is slow; much slower than the rate of growth achieved by the segment in which the CX-5 and Rogue compete


Ford Explorer sales were down 10% in Q1 of 2014, although Explorer volume did increase during the month of March. Chevrolet Traverse sales are down 15% this year; down 14% in March. Its siblings from Buick and GMC have also tumbled in 2014. The Honda Pilot is down 22% this year, not unexpectedly given its age. 

There are exceptions. The Dodge Durango continues to sell more often in 2014 than in 2013, although the rate of growth has slowed dramatically since the Ron Burgundy commercials aired. The aging Ford Flex and Ford Edge are up this year, as is the off-road-capable Toyota 4Runner and the brand new Toyota Highlander.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - February 2014 YTD

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee off road red
Toyota Highlander sales continued to increase in February 2014. Jeep's Grand Cherokee recorded especially strong year-over-year growth. The Ford Explorer suffered its second consecutive major decline; its fourth straight year-over-year drop.

The Explorer continues to be America's favourite three-row vehicle, nevertheless. The Ford had a 230-unit gap beyond the JGC's total even when the Explorer's Police Interceptor versions are excluded.


USA midsize SUV sales chart February 2014
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The Grand Cherokee, despite the lack of a third row option, seems to be unaffected by the introduction of the smaller, less costly Cherokee. The addition of a diesel engine option won't hurt the bigger Cherokee, either.

Honda's Pilot is not far from a revamping, and with a newer Pathfinder and newer Highlander on offer, it's not surprising to see the Pilot struggling to match last year's sales pace. Pilot sales reached a seven-year high in 2013.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - January 2014

During a month in which the segment-leading Ford Explorer suffered a 16% year-over-year U.S. sales decline and midsize utility vehicles collectively slid 6%, the Toyota Highlander's 21% jump translated to the biggest volume jump. 1845 more Highlanders were sold in January 2014 than in January 2013.


USA midsize suv sales chart January 2014
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The trend is in the Highlander's favour, and perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. At the end of this second-generation Highlander's reign, Toyota's clear-out is prone to producing significant year-over-year improvements. But this is nothing new: U.S. Highlander sales have increased in each of the last four years and in 11 of the last 13 months. 

More important for Toyota in the coming months won't be what happened over the last four years but what will happen when the much improved, roomier, more aggressively-designed 2014 Highlander arrives at dealers in large numbers. Cars.com says fewer than half of the 9600 Highlanders currently in stock are of the new 2014 variety.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - December 2013 And 2013 Year End

2013 Nissan Pathfinder
USA midsize SUv sales chart 2013
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December's poor results aside, 2013 was a good time to be selling SUVs and crossovers in the United States. 

Up a notch or three in size and/or price from the outright best sellers - CR-V, Escape, Equinox, RAV4 - the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Highlander all sold in greater numbers in 2013 than in 2012. 

The Pathfinder's doubling of sales was most noteworthy. The Dodge Durango's 43% improvement produced the most misleading stories

14,086 of the Explorer's 192,397 sales were Police Interceptor-derived. (Civilian Explorer sales jumped 13% to 173,811, a little less than what Jeep managed with the Grand Cherokee.) 


On the flip side, the aging Ford Flex slid 8%, Nissan Murano volume suffered with the three-row Pathfinder going all car-like in the same showroom, and Volkswagen Touareg sales plunged 22%. Porsche's Cayenne sold more than twice per Touareg. The Audi Q7 was almost twice as common a purchase/lease. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - November 2013 YTD

2013 GMc Acadia white
USA midsize SUV sales chart November 2013
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For the first time in three years, U.S. sales of the Ford Explorer fell, year-over-year. Police Interceptor Utility sales jumped 117% to 1048 in November, sales of civilian Explorers fell 9% to 13,220.

The Explorer was still one of America's top-selling SUVs in November 2013, but it didn't sell as often as the Jeep Grand Cherokee (which trails the Explorer range by 9350 units year-to-date) or smaller utility vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, or Ford's own Escape.

On the other hand, GM's Lambda sales were much improved in November 2013. Spread across three nameplates - Enclave, Traverse, Acadia - the Lambda trio combined for 19,142 November sales, up 14,145, up 35% YOY.


Combined, the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander collected 26,495 U.S. buyers last month, a 2% drop.

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - October 2013 YTD

2013 Ford Flex
Ford Sells Lots Of Explorers, Not So Many Flexes
America's favourite three-row utility vehicle in October 2013 was the Ford Explorer. Indeed, the Explorer is America's favourite three-row vehicle, full stop. 

No minivan sells anywhere near as often as the Explorer. 2013's best-selling minivan, the Honda Odyssey, likely won't top 130,000 units in 2013. 

Ford has already sold 161,222 Explorers, 149,431 of which were civilian vehicles. 

Ford Police Interceptor Utility sales are up 144% to 11,791 this year.


USA midsize SUV sales chart October 2013
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Through 2013's first ten months, General Motors has sold 207,108 Lambda platform crossovers - Acadia, Enclave, Traverse - far outweighing what Ford has managed with the Explorer alone, in terms of volume. 

Sales of SUVs and crossovers at Ford and Lincoln are up 10.5% to 603,332 through ten months of 2013. GM SUV/CUV sales, further pushed forward by the addition of the Buick Encore, are up 15.8% to 779,019 through the end of October. Even without the Encore, GM utility vehicle sales are up 11.9%.

Japanese automakers own 22% of the midsize category, as it's defined in the first table below. Detroit manufacturers still attract the majority of buyers who are looking for bigger mainstream brand SUVs and crossovers. 

Indeed, among the biggest SUVs, GM owns nearly three quarters of the market.

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - September 2013 YTD

2004 Dodge Durango river
The Dodge Durango Was America's 29th-Best-Selling
Vehicle In 2004. It Ranks 74th This Year.
For the eleventh consecutive month, U.S. sales of the Dodge Durango were better in September 2013 than they were in the equivalent month one year earlier.

Chrysler doesn't sell Dodge Durangos like they used to. In 2004, Dodge sold 137,148 Durangos. Afterward, Durango volume fell in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 before rising to nearly 52,000 units in 2011 and falling again in 2012.

Dodge has already sold more Durangos in the first nine months of 2013 than in all of 2012 and is on pace for 66,000 Durango sales this year, more than in any year since 2006. 


The Durango's two-row partner from Jeep, the Grand Cherokee, is America's sixth-best-selling SUV and sells nearly three times more often than the Durango. 

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - August 2013 YTD

2014 Volkswagen Touareg grey
Jeep sold more Grand Cherokees in America in August 2013 than in any August since 2003. The Grand Cherokee was America's fifth-best-selling SUV in August, up from seventh spot a year earlier. 

Ford's Explorer was 2339 units back of the JGC in August. Exclude the Police Interceptor Utility sales, and the Explorer was nearly 4000 sales back of the Jeep.


USA midsize SUV crossover sales chart August 2013
GM Lambda platform sales totalled 23,016 units in August, up 15% year-over-year. Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota sold 38,918 Pilots, CX-9s, Pathfinders, and Highlanders last month, up 45% compared with August 2012, when the Murano generated much more impact than the old Pathfinder.

For the sixth consecutive months, U.S. sales of the Volkswagen Touareg declined on a year-over-year basis. August 2013's 32% drop was the worst yet.

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - July 2013 YTD

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Excluding the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, the Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Ford Explorer by 2277 units in July 2013. 

U.S. sales of GM's Lambda platform trio - Enclave, Traverse, Acadia - totalled 20,143, a figure bested by the Grand Cherokee and its stablemate, the Dodge Durango, though only by eleven sales.


Honda, Nissan, and Toyota combined for 32,268 sales of their midsize crossovers: Pilot, Pathfinder, Highlander. Nissan also sold 3787 Muranos last month. A year ago, the Pathfinder was America's 40th-best-selling utility vehicle. Through seven months of 2013, the Pathfinder ranks 16th in U.S. SUV/CUV sales.

Year-to-date, the Pathfinder, Durango, Explorer, and Mazda CX-9 have reported the most significant year-over-year improvements of the crossovers and SUVs shown below. 

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - June 2013 YTD

2014 Dodge Durango grey driveway
USA midsize SUV sales chart June 2013
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Honda hasn't sold this many Pilots in any June since 2005. In fact, June 2013 marked just the fifth time in the last three-and-a-half years that American Honda sold more than 11,000 Pilots in a single month. 

Ford has sold more than 15,000 Explorers in each of the last seven months and has posted 31 consecutive year-over-year increases. 

Since June 2011, Nissan USA has reported year-over-year increases in Pathfinder volume in every month, and Pathfinder sales have tripled in 2013.

Sales of GM's three Lambda-platform utility vehicles totalled 131,627, up 10.7% from 118,892 in the first half of 2012. Those unsurprising gains, greater than the overall market's 7.5% improvement, come after refreshes of all three nameplates: Acadia, Enclave, Traverse. 

Saturn sold its final seven Outlooks in December 2009. 

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - May 2013 YTD

2013 Ford Explorer Sport white
USA midsize suv sales chart May 2013
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Nissan Pathfinder volume nearly quadrupled in the United States in May 2013 as the new variant of Nissan's long-running SUV nameplate reached its highest monthly total yet. 

In a down month, the Toyota Highlander outsold the surging Pathfinder by more than 2000 units. The Highlander was outsold by the Honda Pilot by a slim 603-unit margin.

Ford sold more than 18,000 Explorers in May. 1148 of the Explorer's total came from the Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle. Jeep Grand Cherokee sales shot up 21% to 16,034 units in May. The Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, and GM's Lambda trio accounted for 4.5% of America's new vehicle market in May. 

Six smaller SUVs and crossovers from Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors - Escape, Equinox, Journey, Compass, Patriot, Encore  - were responsible for 5.6% of the industry's May volume.


You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Midsize SUV And Crossover Sales Figures In America - April 2013 And Year-To-Date

Is the Subaru Outback an SUV or a car? Does it matter? 

For the sake of comparison, GoodCarBadCar has thrown the Outback, Honda Crosstour, and Toyota Venza in with the U.S. midsize SUV sales table below, while also separating the trio, and a trio of offroaders below them. As a midsize car, the Outback ranked behind eleven sedans in April. Viewed as an SUV, the Outback sold more often than the Chevrolet Traverse last month, but less often than the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, and it was quite a ways back of the Ford Explorer. 


USA April 2013 midsize SUV sales chart
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Regardless, it's patently clear that vehicles like the Outback go beyond classic definitions. GoodCarBadCar attempts to go deeper by showing vehicles with multiple competitive sets, but we also compile all the data in one place: 258 vehicles were ranked by year-to-date and April 2013 U.S. sales earlier this month. 

Viewed that way, the Outback is America's 40th-best-selling vehicle, ahead of the Dodge Grand Caravan but behind the Chrysler Town & Country. Minivan sales are down 7.4% in the United States this year as Americans buy six Pathfinders per Quest and just as many Highlanders as Siennas, plus 4Runners and Venzas.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank U.S. midsize SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Midsize SUV And Crossover Sales In America - March 2013

2012 Subaru Tribeca Blue
America's best-selling midsize SUV, the Ford Explorer, set a sales record for its fifth-gen iteration in March 2013. The Explorer, with 1090 Police Interceptor sales assisting, outsold the Jeep Grand Cherokee by 5970 units in March.

Grand Cherokee volume slid 10%. Expect to see an increase in Jeep volume once the updated MY2014s arrive. Sales of non-police Explorers rose 32.5% last month.

The Dodge Nitro, Hyundai Veracruz, Jeep Liberty, and Mitsubishi Endeavor have nearly left us. Subaru's Tribeca appears to have nearly died, as well, but that's just normal. Over the last 15 months, Subaru USA has averaged 172 Tribeca sales per month.


USA March 2013 midsize SUV sales chart
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GoodCarBadCar ranks midsize SUVs and crossovers in the first table below. Jeep's Wrangler, along with the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser, are broken out separately. The same can be said for three are-they-cars-or-crossovers: the Subaru Outback, Honda Crosstour, and Toyota Venza.

For the purposes of best seller lists, GCBC considers the trio to be cars. But we display them with both midsize cars and midsize SUVs in segment breakdowns. The Outback accounts for three out of every ten Subaru sales and it sells twice as often as the Venza and Crosstour combined. And 56 times more often than the Tribeca.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. (and Canadian) sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page. The tables are now sortable, so you can rank U.S. SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

February 2013 Midsize SUV And Crossover Sales In America

2013 Ford Explorer Sport Ruby Red
Assisted by 805 Police Interceptor Utility sales, the Ford Explorer recorded a 67% year-over-year U.S. sales increase in February 2013. Sales of the non-police Explorers rose 59% in February, and year-to-date, they're up 53% to 31,140. 

Chief rivals are quite a ways behind. Jeep Grand Cherokee sales are down 12% this year. A new diesel engine option should provide a boost, as will other key updates. Sales of the Toyota Highlander are up 21%, but Explorer volume is 80% stronger. The Honda Pilot is 15,579 sales back of the Ford. And Ford's own two-row Edge is 13,301 units abaft. 


U.S. midsize SUV crossover sales chart February 2013
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The Explorer, America's fourth-best-selling SUV in America this year, is just 11,451 sales behind the best-selling Ford Escape in 2013. A year ago, the Explorer ranked seventh, 23,313 sales back of the top-selling Honda CR-V. 

The nearly iconic Explorer was last America's best-selling SUV in 2006. It's unlikely that it'll rank at the top of the heap again - the least efficient Escape is 8.7% more efficient than the most efficient Explorer, and cheaper, too - but we wouldn't have expected sales of the fifth-gen Explorer to be rising so quickly in early 2013, either.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these vehicles can be accessed by clicking a model name in the sortable tables below or by making a selection at GCBC's Sales Stats page. Click any column header to re-sort the order of these tables, ranking vehicles by volume rather than listing them alphabetically, for instance. GoodCarBadCar published figures for smaller SUVs and crossovers earlier today. On the first day of March, this list of the best-selling SUVs was posted.

January 2013 Midsize SUV Sales In America

2013 Nissan Pathfinder moonroof
2013 began with strong Lambda performances in the United States. The Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia sales rose 57%, 2%, and 7% after ending 2012 down 3%, 20%, and 1%, respectively.

2013 Buick Enclave crystal red
General Motors apparently required three different brands to collect 16,853 midsize crossover sales, but collect them GM did. Ford sold 15,207 Explorers last month (653 of which were Police Interceptors) to go along with 1615 Flexes and 9614 two-row Edges. Sales of those Fords, like the Lambda-platform crossovers at GM, increased on a year-over-year basis. The same could be said of the Honda Pilot, the new Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota's 4Runner and Highlander. 

The Nissan Pathfinder's leap forward - triple the number of Pathfinders were sold this January than last - came at the same time Infiniti sold 1970 copies of the JX35, a premium Pathfinder copy. 6281 Pathfinders doesn't make the Nissan an Explorer-beater, but it does look as though buyers are about as willing to consider the Pathfinder as the Highlander or Pilot. 


Since normalizing the Altima's size a decade ago, Nissan has had a fairly successful challenger to Toyota's Camry and Honda's Accord. Now that the Pathfinder is a conventional three-row crossover and not a rough-road-ready SUV, one capable of selling like a Honda or Toyota, perhaps Nissan need only turn the 370Z into a Mustang-fighting American muscle car. Or not.

January 2013 U.S. midsize SUV sales chart
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GoodCarBadCar has radically altered this midsize SUV/CUV sales post by isolating three off-road-ready sport-utes and three are-they-crossovers-or-just-wagons. These vehicles are also listed elsewhere, with small SUVs and midsize cars. Every vehicle is listed in GCBC's All Vehicle Rankings, a post that was published with January results on Monday. Meanwhile, historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles can be accessed by clicking their model names below or by making a selection at GCBC's Sales Stats page.

The tables are now sortable, so if you'd rather see vehicles ranked by volume (as they are in the accompanying chart) rather than listed alphabetically, simply click the column header. That's where you'll find out that no midsize utility vehicle suffered as great a drop as the Jeep Liberty (which will be replaced later this year), the discontinued Hyundai Veracruz, or the defunct Mitsubishi Endeavor.

December 2012 And 2012 Year End Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales In America

2013 Toyota Sequoia Sizzling Crimson
Rare Among Large SUVs In 2012, The Toyota Sequoia Posted A YOY Increase
2012 U.S. small SUV sales chart
2012 Small SUV Sales Chart
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Among smaller SUVs and crossovers competing for attention in the United States, no continuing vehicle suffered as great a decline as the Kia Sportage in 2012. Hyundai Santa Fe sales slid 4.5%, but Santa Fe sales have been rising of late. Kia Sorento sales slid 8.2% the year after it reached an all-time high in U.S. sales volume. The Mitsubishi Outlander was down 21%, but that's Mitsubishi, and we basically assume that sales will fall. The Honda Element, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mazda CX-7, Mazda Tribute, and Suzuki Grand Vitara are dead, dying, or gone.

December 2012 U.S. small SUV sales chart
December 2012 Small SUV Sales Chart
The Sportage is certainly hindered by the Sorento's price proximity, but the bigger story is that the overall Kia brand's continued ascension occurs without the support of crossovers in a market where small crossovers are very, very popular. Keep in mind, this isn't a commentary on the popularity of the Sportage or the Sorento - Kia sold nearly 120,000 copies of the latter in 2012. But the decline of these two products, in addition to the extinguished Borrego, didn't hold Kia back from recording a 15% year-over-year increase in U.S. sales in 2012. In other words, Kia's car business is rockin', up 36% in 2012, 51% in 2011, 4% in 2010, and 18% in 2009. And even when the new vehicle market was in tatters, Kia car sales rose 0.2% in 2008.


2012 U.S. midsize SUV sales chart
2012 Midsize SUV Sales Chart
This is an SUV sales segment breakdown post, however. Returning to the subject, the Honda CR-V had a tremendous year, selling more often in 2012 than in any other year in its history. The CR-V was the best-selling SUV or crossover in the United States in 2012, outselling the Ford Escape by 20,644 units.

Scanning the lists of larger and/or more expensive midsize and large SUVs reveals a far greater amount of red ink, the kind of colouration that signifies declining year-over-year sales. From obvious candidates like the Subaru Tribeca and Mitsubishi Endeavor to popular vehicles like the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia, many big crossovers struggled to find as many buyers in 2012 as they did in 2011. The same can't be said of the best sellers, however. Sales of the Ford Explorer rose 21%, as did sales of Jeep's Grand Cherokee. The Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Touareg all posted increases better than that which was achieved by the overall new vehicle market.

December 2012 U.S. midsize SUV sales chart
December 2012 Midsize SUV Sales Chart
Very little went right with the biggest mainstream brand sport-utility vehicles, though. One vehicle, the least popular Toyota Sequoia, recorded a slim 1% improvement in sales, equal to 129 extra units for Toyota over the course of 2012's twelve months. Six other full-size SUVs were a drag on the overall market's growth. The Chevrolet Tahoe, America's 21st-best-selling SUV, sucked away 11,623 sales from General Motors that it had provided the brand last year; the GMC Yukon another 6432.

U.S. December 2012 large SUV sales chart
December 2012 Large SUV Sales Chart
In all, 237,550 full-size, mainstream brand, large SUVs were sold in the United States in 2012. That was down 9.1% from 2011 levels. In 2011, the five Detroit brand SUVs recorded year-over-year increases.

As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these models by selecting a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats home or just clicking their name in the tables below. The biggest change from last month's edition of this post is that the tables visible after the jump are now sortable. Click any heading to see SUVs listed by December volume, or year-over-year change, or whatever you like. Click the heading again to flip the order, and click the headings at the far left to return to the original order.
U.S. 2012 large SUV sales chart

November 2012 Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales In America

2013 Nissan Armada midnight garnet
U.S. November 2012 small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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America's new vehicle market is up 13.9% in 2012. The light truck market, which includes anything from minivans to pickup trucks, is up 9.6%.

Don't thank full-size sport-utility vehicles for any of the industry's good fortunes this year. America's seven full-size, truck-based, mainstream brand SUVs found 231,688 buyers in the first eleven months of 2011 but only 208,393 in the first eleven months of 2012. That equals an 11.2% drop. Again, this didn't occur in a stagnant automobile market but in a thriving, growing, burgeoning market.



U.S. November 2012 midsize car sales chart
Midsize SUV Sales Chart
Only one of the seven nameplates in the category has posted a year-over-year gain through November 2012. That vehicle is the Toyota Sequoia, the worst-selling vehicle in the class. U.S. Sequoia sales are up 4.7% this year, equal to 518 extra sales. A proverbial drop in the bucket. The Toyota brand is up by 358,599 sales.

The worst large SUV declines? GMC Yukon sales are down 21.2%; 6406 lost sales. Its twin, the Chevrolet Tahoe, is down 16.4%, equal to 11,795 lost sales. You've heard about GM's scant 3.5% sales improvement this year? If we exclude the two big Chevy SUVs and two big GMCs from the conversation, General Motors sales are up 4.8% in 2012.

U.S. large SUV sales chart November 2012
Large SUV Sales Chart
As always, you can click any model name in the tables visible after the jump to see historical monthly and yearly sales figures. Or you can select any make or model at GCBC's Sales Stats home. Any SUV you can't find tabled here will be listed elsewhere - you can select from segments like small luxury SUVs and midsize cars at GCBC's The Tally page.

Click any of the three accompanying charts for a larger view. In those charts, SUVs are ranked by volume - they're listed alphabetically in the tables below.

October 2012 U.S. Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales

2013 Ford Explorer Sport Ruby red metallic
U.S. October 2012 small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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General Motors sold 26,081 small crossovers in the United States in October 2012. 22,673 of those were Chevrolet Equinoxes and GMC Terrains. As one vehicle, these twins would have been America's best-selling utility vehicle in October, as they would be through the first ten months of 2012. Separated, however, the Equinox and Terrain were America's third and 13th-best-selling SUVs in October.

GoodCarBadCar has added the Volkswagen Touareg to America's midsize SUV group. It will continue to be displayed alongside midsize luxury SUVs, as well. In the United States, the Touareg sells more frequently than the Dodge Nitro and Mitsubishi Endeavor, but they're both defunct. But the Touareg's premium price point makes it a slow seller compared with mainstream vehicles. The Touareg's mainstream badge also makes it a slow seller compared to luxury SUVs and crossovers.

U.S. October 2012 midsize SUV sales chart
Midsize SUV Sales Chart
General Motors sold 15,323 big Lambda platform crossovers in October. That's more than the total achieved by Ford's Explorer, but Ford did sell another 1444 Flexes and 8406 five-seat Edges. 5% of the Explorers sold were Police Interceptors. Nissan sold 7268 Muranos, Xterras, and Pathfinders in October. The Chrysler Group sold 15,149 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. Toyota's rough and tumble FJ Cruiser and rugged 4Runner joined the Toyota Highlander to form a 13,984-unit triad.

Americans registered 18,038 new full-size, truck-based, mainstream-brand sport-utility vehicles in October 2012. 73% of them were GM products. 38% of those GM products were Chevrolet Tahoes. The Toyota Sequoia is the only large SUV that's posted a year-over-year increase over the first ten months of 2012. Its 5% improvement is well below the 14% growth shown by the overall industry.

U.S. October 2012 large SUV sales chart
Large SUV Sales Chart
The biggest year-over-year gain reported by any mainstream SUV in October? Just days before announcing the end of U.S. operations, Suzuki USA reported a 64% year-over-year increase in Grand Vitara sales.

As will always be the case in the future, historic brand and corporate totals (monthly and yearly going back to 2002) are now available through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, along with results for more than 260 currently sold vehicles. That's where you'll find out that Toyota USA sells more Prius Plug-Ins every month than Sequoias.

You can study October 2012 and year-to-date sales figures, with year-over-year changes, in the tables visible after the jump. Click any of the three accompanying charts for a larger view.

September 2012 Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales In America

2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Sport red
September 2012 U.S. small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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America's seven biggest mainstream sport-utility vehicles aren't nearly as mainstream this year as they were last. Sales of these brutish septuplets, which are marketed by General Motors, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota - have fallen 7.3% through the first three quarters of this year. That's a loss of 13,360 units.

Nissan has sold a few more Armadas this year than last, although Armada sales were down 26% in September 2012. The Chevrolet Suburban, a Good 12-winning machine, posted an 805-unit increase through the end of September. And sales of the most infrequently purchased full-size SUV, the Toyota Sequoia, are up 6.1%. As a group, these seven SUVs form 1.5% of the new vehicle market, down from 1.9% in the first nine months of 2011.

U.S. midsize SUV sales chart September 2012
Midsize SUV Sales Chart
The Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Chevrolet Equinox are all selling significantly more often than they were last year. These three vehicles are America's best-selling utilities. They're not just a lot smaller than the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia, they're also a lot cheaper. The trio accounts for 5.3% of all U.S. new vehicle sales in 2012, up from 5.2% during the same period of last year. 

The Sequoia's base price is 85% higher than the RAV4's, the Expedition's base price is 78% higher than the Escape's, and the Tahoe's base price is 65% higher than the Equinox's. It's not all about fuel economy. The rise of the small crossover and the decline of the jumbo SUV has something to do with price, well. Ten years ago, the Expedition's base price was 64% higher than the Escape's. (Tahoe and Sequoia prices haven't risen so sharply in comparison to the small GM and Toyota SUVs of the day.) 

The Ford Expedition easily outsold the Escape in 2002, partly because it was comparably more affordable than it is now, partly because interest rates were low and loans were easy to acquire, partly because gas prices were closer to $1.30 than $3.60. By the way, the picture at the top of this page is of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. With two doors. It's the Range Rover Evoque's long lost uncle.

U.S. large SUV sales chart September 2012
Large SUV Sales Chart
At this point in 2011, only three utility vehicles had sold on more than 100,000 occasions; no SUV or crossover nameplate had sold more than 200,000 copies. Through the first three quarters of 2012, eight SUV/CUV nameplates have sold more than 100,000 times; two have sold more than 200,000 units.

Two of those 100K+ players are two of America's most well-known SUVs. 3.5% of the Ford Explorer's 117,803-unit total is derived from the Explorer Police Interceptor. As for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, no midsize SUV has posted a better year-over-year improvement. Its 30.7% climb is bettered only by smaller crossovers like the Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V, Mini Countryman, and Toyota RAV4.

Historical monthly and yearly sales results for 282 different vehicles can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. Click any model in the tables below to go directly to its specific sales results page.

After the jump you'll find detailed September and year-to-date sales info for more than 50 SUV nameplates. The three accompanying charts rank SUVs by volume rather than listing them alphabetically; click any of the charts for a larger view. GoodCarBadCar added the new Subaru XV Crosstrek to the car sales charts yesterday.

August 2012 Small, Midsize, And Large SUV Sales In America

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U.S. August 2012 small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart
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We don't expect Mitsubishi to sell many copies of cars the company no longer builds. But that doesn't excuse the Outlander, does it? Also sold in by PSA as the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 in Europe - where neither are particularly sought after - the Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the worst-selling small crossovers in America in August 2012. Only Mazda's defunct Tribute and CX-7 and Suzuki's forgotten Grand Vitara sold less often.

Admittedly, the Outlander must do battle in its own showroom with the Outlander Sport, something the bigger vehicle didn't need to do when the company sold 34,088 Outlanders in 2003 and 23,285 Outlanders in 2007. But even if we ignore and excuse the regular Outlander's weak performance, we can't deny the fact that Outlander Sport sales are in decline as well, falling 1% through eight months in a market which has recorded a 15% increase.
U.S. August 2012 midsize SUV sales chart
Midsize SUV Sales Chart

Quite clearly Mitsubishi isn't the story of the U.S. SUV/CUV market. Ford sold 59,508 utility vehicles in August 2012, including 695 Explorer Police Interceptors. (Keep in mind, even without the PI Utility, the Explorer remains 666 sales ahead of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in year-to-date standings.). 


Collectively, GM's Lambda platform was down 13.6% in August 2012. GMC and Chevy full-size SUVs fell 36% as a group, as well. But General Motors still sold, with Buick and Cadillac included, 78,731 SUVs and crossovers in August. As an SUV-only conglomerate, General Motors sold more vehicles in August than the whole Volkswagen Group and BMW-Mini combined.
USA August 2012 large SUV sales chart
Large SUV Sales Chart

The Ford Escape was America's best-selling utility vehicle in August 2012 but, year-to-date, trailed the Honda CR-V by more than 14,000 units going into September. We've included tweeners from Hyundai and Kia - the Santa Fe and Sorento - in both the small and midsize categories for August. See how you like it. Are they Escape rivals or Edge rivals? Or even Explorer alternatives? This way they line up both ways. 

Constant reminder: historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these nameplates are available through the first dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. After the jump you'll find detailed August and year-to-date sales info on dozens of utility vehicles.