Well would’ja just look at which two utility vehicles traded places in March 2011’s Best Sellers list. Continuing its charge out of the abyss and toward numero uno, the Ford Explorer isn’t America’s seventh-best-selling SUV as it was in February; it’s ranked sixth. Ford’s Edge isn’t the sixth-best-selling SUV anymore; it’s the seventh. The more things change…

Where only two of America’s 10 best-selling cars in March were badged as American cars, five of America’s 10 best-selling SUVs wear a Blue Oval, a Bow Tie, or a seven-slat grille, including the leading Ford Escape with its 25% gain. Among this group only two members posted lower sales in March 2011 than March 2010: they were both Toyotas. Only one vehicle present in this list of best-selling utility vehicles below wasn’t on the list in February – the Toyota Highlander, and it nearly made it in February. The Highlander replaces the departed Chevrolet Traverse.

The USA’s 10 most popular sport-utility vehicles are not an eclectic bunch. They are purely variations on a theme. With the Explorer’s new-found status as a non-truck-based sport-ute, it can definitely be said that America favours the less rugged utility vehicle design. Call ’em crossovers if you must.

Rank
SUV
Status
March 2011
Last Month
March 2010
#1
Ford Escape
23,975
18,005
19,182
#2
Honda CR-V
21,998
19,096
14,848
#3
Toyota RAV4
16,082
12,562
25,781
#4
Chevrolet Equinox
14,949
15,434
12,805
#5
Nissan Rogue
14,174
11,427
8395
#6
Ford Explorer
12,482
9657
5907
#7
Ford Edge
12,388
10,138
10,254
#8
Kia Sorento
11,071
8641
9215
#9
Jeep Grand Cherokee
9836
8667
5986
#10
Toyota Highlander
9828
8622
11,953

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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