Don’t get the wrong impression: the Ford Edge hasn’t gone and gotten all unpopular. In fact, when compared with April 2010, sales of the Edge are up 4%. But there’s a new deputy sheriff in town, and after a month in which the Ford Explorer narrowly surpassed the Edge, Edge sales dropped 32.3% while Explorer sales did slightly better than remain level. Compared with the Explorer’s April 2010 performance, the three-row Ford midsize SUV was up 137.8%. 

Beyond that, however, there’s a more popular Ford utility vehicle. After March saw the Escape sitting atop the SUV leaderboard, the Honda CR-V did manage to take back its crown. CR-V sales jumped 30.1% in April. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox climbed 42.4%, and sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee nearly tripled. Six of the ten best-selling SUVs in America were domestics. 

Falling off this list were the Nissan Rogue and Toyota Highlander. This meant there was room for the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. Overall, Ford utility vehicles were up 19.9% and are up 28.3% year-to-date. Speaking of year-to-date, the CR-V leads the Escape by 1923 units through the first third of 2011.

America’s Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs are as follows.

Rank
SUV
Status
April 2011
Last Month
April 2010
#1
Honda CR-V
21,683
21,998
16,661
#2
Ford Escape
21,240
23,975
19,146
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
17,067
14,949
11,987
#4
Toyota RAV4
15,586
16,082
14,851
#5
Ford Explorer
12,593
12,482
5295
#6
Kia Sorento
12,001
11,071
8529
#7
Jeep Grand Cherokee
9802
9836
3393
#8
Chevrolet Traverse
9666
8230
9020
#9
Honda Pilot
9488
9608
9322
#10
Ford Edge
9361
12,388
9003

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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