2012 Ford EcoSport orange front end
The 2013 Ford EcoSport wasn’t one of
America’s best-selling SUVs in 2011.

In America, in 2011, the Ford Escape was far and away the country’s best-selling SUV. Okay, it’s true, the Escape is not really a sport-utility vehicle by the classic definition. But automobiles are increasingly difficult to define, so an old-fashioned term like SUV works fine for the purposes of establishing best sellers. 

And the Escape is most def a best seller. Fer realz. Or so the kids say. Perhaps the new Escape will even be epic, sweet, and sick. 

Trailing the Escape by nearly 36,000 sales in 2011 was the Honda CR-V, another vehicle which has also recently been revamped. Unlike the Escape, which posted a 33% sales improvement in its last year on sale, the CR-V slid 7.2%. In 2010, the Honda CR-V was America’s favourite SUV.

There are eleven so-called “domestic” utility vehicles on this list. Domestic means that the brands originated, in some way or another, in Detroit, Michigan. There are also two Korean SUVs, the platform-sharing Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. That leaves seven Japanese vehicles, from the CR-V to the plunging-in-popularity Toyota RAV4 to the people-usually-just-choose-an-Outback-but-not-this-time-Subaru Forester, down 10% in 2011. Stuck in there somewhere, in 15th spot to be precise, is the only premium utility in the bunch, Lexus’s RX. The RX is Lexus’s most popular model. The same can be said for the Grand Cherokee at Jeep and Kia’s Sorento.

These were America’s 20 most popular sport-utility vehicles, crossovers, CUVs, and tall & rugged wagons in 2011. This list will not read the same a year from now.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV
2011
2010
% Change
#1
Ford Escape
254,293 191,026 + 33.1%
#2
Honda CR-V
218,373 203,714 + 7.2%
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
193,274 149,979 + 28.9%
#4
Ford Explorer
135,704 60,687 + 124%
#5
Toyota RAV4
132,237 170,877 – 22.6%
#6
Kia Sorento
130,235 108,985 + 19.5%
#7
Jeep Grand Cherokee
127,744 84,635 + 50.9%
#8
Nissan Rogue
124,543 99,515 + 25.1%
#9
Jeep Wrangler
122,460 94,310 + 29.8%
#10
Ford Edge
121,702 118,637 + 2.6%
#11
Honda Pilot
116,297 102,323 + 13.7%
#12
Chevrolet Traverse
107,131 107,744 + 0.4%
#13
Toyota Highlander
101,252 92,121 + 9.9%
#14
GMC Terrain
83,179 60,519 + 37.4%
#15
Lexus RX
82,595 95,790 – 13.8%
#16
Chevrolet Tahoe
80,527 75,675 + 6.4%
#17
GMC Acadia
79,288 68,295 + 16.1%
#18
Subaru Forester
76,196 85,080 – 10.4%
#19
Hyundai Santa Fe
74,391 76,680 – 2.3%
#20
Jeep Liberty
66,684 49,564 + 34.5%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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