On four occasions this year, including in the month of August 2014, Ford sold more than 19,000 Explorers. Ford didn't top the 19K barrier once in 2013, when Explorer sales rose to an eight-year high.
• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - August 2014 YTD
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The Highlander's 12% decline was not an unusual one for volume brand three-row crossovers in August.
Buick Enclave sales slid 5%, Dodge Durango sales slid 8%, Ford Flex volume was down 26%, and Honda Pilot sales plunged 27%. The Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder? Also down.