Last year, 93,379 sales positioned the Lexus RX as America’s fourth-best-selling SUV. Slight sales growth in 2010 meant the Lexus RX fell back to tenth, not a terrible place for a vehicle which competes in a higher price segment and thus, by nature, a lower-volume category. Clearly then nothing happened to the Lexus RX. Other vehicles just cruised on by.
Last year, the Nissan Rogue, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, and Chevrolet Equinox were all slower sellers in 2010 than the Lexus crossover. This year, Rogue sales jumped 29%; Pilot sales jumped 22%; Traverse sales rose 17%; Sorento sales went through the roof to the tune of 346%; Edge sales were up 34%; and Equinox sales were up an impressive 74%.
That leaves the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4 as podium placers. The RAV4 stood in stark contrast to Toyota’s car division in 2010. Toyota car sales, including Scion, were down 10% in 2010. Toyota SUV sales, including the Sienna minivan, were up 20.4%.
More to the point, the Honda CR-V keeps its crown as America’s best-selling SUV. And no, the CR-V isn’t much of a genuine sport-utility vehicle, but then again, the Mazda Miata is a convertible, the Toyota Camry is a four-door sedan, and we call them both cars. So give Honda a break. The CR-V out-sold bigger, more rugged competition and did so with respectable fuel economy and just four cylinders.
Here are the Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs In America for 2010.