Yet joining the CR-V in its record-setting sales year were some of its closest rivals: the second-ranked Ford Escape, the third-ranked Toyota RAV4, the fourth-ranked Chevrolet Equinox, and the sixth-ranked Nissan Rogue.
Traditional favourites like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee reported nine-year highs. Year-over-year, the full-size SUV category was up 12% to 293,087 units. Luxury automakers also improved upon their 2013 SUV/crossover sales totals: BMW’s five X models were up 8%, Mercedes-Benz utilities rose 11%, Lincoln’s four utility vehicle nameplates jumped 36%, Cadillac’s Escalades and SRX rose 9%, Acura’s crossover lineup was up 13%, Land Rover’s Range Rover trio improved by 9%, Lexus SUV/crossover sales were up 14%, Audi and Porsche combined for an 18% increase. Infiniti and Volvo were the only premium brands to report fewer SUV/crossover sales in 2014 than in 2013.
One new addition was added to the SUV/crossover fleet during the month of December. Chevrolet sold 739 copies of the Trax, a Buick Encore sibling that’s been on sale in Canada for two years. Lexus also made the NX more widely available in its first full month. 2905 were sold in December.
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 calendar year 2014 rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by December volume by clicking the December 2014 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.
* 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. ^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.