U.S. sales of SUVs and crossovers jumped by more than 8% to 564,000 units in April 2016, driving the sector’s market share up to 37.4% from 35.8% a year ago.
Seven of the 20 top sellers, including the top-ranked Toyota RAV4, grew faster than the SUV/crossover sector as a whole. For the RAV4, April was the sixth consecutive month of SUV/CUV sales leadership and the third-highest-volume month in the nameplate’s history. Only twice before (August 2014 and December 2015) has the RAV4 produced more than 30,000 sales.
Through the first one-third of 2016, the fastest-growing vehicles are almost all SUVs and crossovers: Discovery Sport, XC90, QX50, Renegade, X1, Q7, Tucson, MKX, GLC/GLK, LX570, Outlander, Tiguan, Compass, Murano, Sportage, LR4, and X3 have all produced gains of at least 50%.
The Lexus RX, ranked 19th overall, is the premium utility vehicle leader. Lexus is on track to report record RX sales in calendar year 2016, achieving greater numbers even with the more affordable new NX sitting alongside its big brother in Lexus showrooms.
Across the premium spectrum, automakers are struggling to achieve the kind of volume they recorded at this stage of 2015. But SUVs and crossovers aren’t to blame.
Audi’s trio of Q models are up 22%, BMW’s SAVs are up 19%, Infiniti’s four SUVs are up 26%, the Land Rover brand is up 17%, Lexus’ four utilities are up 14%, Lincoln utilities are up by a third, Mercedes-Benz’s vast utility lineup is up 19%, Porsche’s Cayenne and Macan are up 16%, and Volvo’s XC60 and XC90 are up 97%.
Yet premium sales at Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus – America’s three top-selling premium brands – are collectively down 5% in a growing market.
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Reminder: these are 2016 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by April volume by clicking the April 2016 column header, or you can rank SUVs/crossovers by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.
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.
Source: Automakers & ANDC * Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ° Overall figure is the total of SUV/crossover sales from all brands which report model-specific sales figures. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.com. Model X estimate: 1500 in April; 3900 YTD.