GM Sells More Of These Than They Do
Camaros, Which Wasn’t The Case In 2012
To understand the impact SUVs and crossovers are having in the United States, it’s useful to view all their sales figures in one place. That’s what we do here, where 91 different utility vehicle nameplates are organized in the order of their 2013 U.S. sales totals. (Thankfully, the list is sortable, so you can rank them by 2012 sales, by year-over-year improvement, by December numbers, or by name.)
Six Out Of Every Ten Acuras Sold Is Either An MDX Or RDX
That’s where we see that the second-best-selling SUV in America, Ford’s Escape, added 34,985 sales in 2013 to continue outselling Ford’s own resurgent midsize sedan, the Fusion. The Escape’s main rival, the CR-V, became the first utility vehicle since the Ford Explorer (in 2004) to find more than 300,000 U.S. buyers in a calendar year.
That put the CR-V ahead of popular small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra. As we saw last Friday, a push in the latter half of the year made the Honda CR-V America’s top-selling SUV in 2013, the second straight year the CR-V has accomplished that feat and the sixth time in seven years.
Land Rover Sales Are Triple What Jaguar USA Accomplishes,
Jaguar Sales Were 29% Better A Decade Ago
The Chevrolet Equinox is GM’s fourth-best-selling model, 37,598 sales ahead of the Malibu in 2013. Toyota’s RAV4 is the brand’s third-ranked model – it, too, outsold the Malibu in 2013, as well as the Sonata, Jetta, and Prius/Prius Plug-In. Not loved by the automotive press, Jeep’s Patriot still managed to sell better than ever in 2013, better than Ford’s Fiesta or the fast-rising Toyota Avalon.
It’s not just small crossovers that are surging in popularity. The top-selling premium brand utility vehicle in 2013, as it was in 2013, was the Lexus RX. But in 2012, the RX was outsold by, for example, the Dodge Avenger and GMC Terrain. That wasn’t the case in 2013. The Audi Q5 outsells all Audis, even the A4 (Allroad not included.) Acura sells as many MDXs as Honda does Fit subcompacts. The Acura RDX, up 52% this year, outsold the Mazda 6, up 29% in 2013. The BMW X5 and Ford Expedition both found more buyers last year than the Cadillac ATS. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is slightly more popular than the Lincoln MKZ. More new GMC Yukon XLs were sold in 2013 than new Volkswagen Golfs.
This is a simplified look at the rising popularity of SUVs and crossovers in America. So think of it this way: in an overall market that produced a 7.5% year-over-year improvement, SUV and crossover sales were up 11.6%.
There were meaningful improvements introduced in October’s ranking of vehicle sales. Prior year figures now include the actual numbers from last year, not just the percentage increase from last year. As a result, we’ve also included vehicles like the Suzuki XL7 and Dodge Nitro, nameplates which collected sales in 2012 but not this year. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Reminder: these are 2013 year end rankings, but you can sort SUVs and crossovers by December volume by clicking the December 2013 column header, or you can rank them by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.