2017 Toyota Highlander

With sales of GM’s Lambda platform fading, particularly as the GMC Acadia transitions into a new, smaller platform, and sales of the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer falling in August, sales of big family crossovers took a hit in August 2016.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – August 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – August 2016 YTD

For the Ford Explorer, August represented the model’s fourth consecutive monthly decline. Year-over-year, Explorer sales are now slightly below the pace set in 2015, when Explorer sales climbed to an 11-year high.

The aged Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, which sold better than ever last year, combined to lose 3819 sales in August. Though constrainted by limited supply, the Honda Pilot showed signs of recovery in June and July. But then August volume fell 9% in an SUV/crossover market which grew 5%. 

USA midsize SUV sales chart August 2016
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As was the case for the Explorer, for the Nissan Pathfinder, August was also the fourth consecutive year-over-year decline. 

The Explorer remains America’s most popular three-row vehicle. The surging Toyota Highlander, America’s next-best-selling three-row crossover, isn’t likely to attract as many buyers in all of 2016 than the Explorer already has. 

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

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

SUV
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
5227
7389 -29.3% 36,730 42,053 -12.7%
8415
10,072 -16.5% 78,220 84,106 -7.0%
5204
5111 1.8% 48,869 41,416 18.0%
11,204
11,832 -5.3% 92,754 85,447 8.6%
20,980
23,671 -11.4% 169,279 169,456 -0.1%
1828
1303 40.3% 15,440 13,796 11.9%
6101
9050 -32.6% 51,745 68,776 -24.8%
9269
10,202 -9.1% 81,793 88,742 -7.8%
15,176
11,255 34.8% 86,948 77,648 12.0%
18,409
16,477 11.7% 135,259 125,653 7.6%
8533
10,211 -16.4% 77,465 76,381 1.4%
1863
1753 6.3% 7787 12,601 -38.2%
7482
5800 29.0% 53,246 39,734 34.0%
5794
7054 -17.9% 51,083 56,794 -10.1%
10,191
8811 15.7% 74,240 63,396 17.1%
14,966
13,333 12.2% 112,108 104,448 7.3%
367
690 -46.8% 2878 4676 -38.5%
Total
151,009
154,014 -1.9% 1,175,844 1,155,123 1.8%

Offroaders
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
15,290
18,264 -16.3% 134,332 139,536 -3.7%
2
1132 -99.8% 38 9246 -99.6%
2 -100% 8 223 -96.4%
Total
15,292
19,398 -21.2% 134,378 149,005 -9.8%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
7
930 -99.2% 720 6450 -88.8%
17,358
11,113 56.2% 109,448 93,293 17.3%
11
2147 -99.5% 574 17,573 -96.7%
Total
17,376
14,190 22.4% 110,742 117,316 -5.6%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains why you’ll see the Outback and Venza here but also with midsize cars, too, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with smaller utilities and the Volkswagen Touareg with luxury SUVs… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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Midsize SUV Sales In America – September 2016
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Large SUV Sales In America – August 2016
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