2012 Honda Pilot

America’s most popular SUV in October was the Honda CR-V. Beating the Ford Escape by only 280 units means becoming the year end leader is highly unlikely. The Escape’s lead through ten months stands at more than 26,000 sales. For the CR-V to end 2011 atop the utility vehicle leaderboard, November and December reports would have to have the Honda 13,268 sales ahead of the Escape. That’s… unlikely.

The CR-V, as well as Honda’s Pilot, were instrumental in Honda’s 3.2% year-over-year gain – in daily sales rate terms – reported earlier. CR-V sales rose 7%; the Pilot jumped 53%.

After taking one month off, Toyota returns to America’s Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs list with the RAV4. Sales of the company’s smallest utility vehicle fell 27% in October, but the RAV4’s 10,680 sales was enough to earn seventh spot, ahead of the Kia Sorento (down 4%), Nissan Rogue (up 13%), and Jeep Wrangler (up 25%).

On the subject of the Wrangler, sales were up dramatically compared with October 2010 but fell 13% from September levels. This can be deemed acceptable because, after all, the overall market was smaller. But the market only fell 3%, and the 2012 Wrangler’s 3.6L Pentastar V6 should be keeping sales in the hefty volume region. This may be an anomaly. If Jeep sold that many Wranglers in September, perhaps there just weren’t enough to sell in October. You can read The Good Car Guy’s review of the updated 2012 Wrangler Unlimited here.

Half of America’s ten best-selling sport-utility vehicles and crossovers in October wore import badges. Together they represent 12.7% of all new vehicle sales in America in October 2011. You can see last month’s best-selling SUV group here, last October’s edition here, and October 2011’s best-selling cars here. First, check out October 2011’s American Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs table below.

Rank
SUV
October 2011
October 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Honda CR-V
19,326 18,040 180,361
#2
Ford Escape
19,046 14,578 206,896
#3
Chevrolet Equinox
15,108 12,773 160,143
#4
Honda Pilot
12,466 8169 94,169
#5
Ford Explorer
11,987 3692 108,944
#6
Jeep Grand Cherokee
11,084 12,721 96,853
#7
Toyota RAV4
10,680 14,694 106,800
#8
Kia Sorento
10,178 10,611 109,903
#9
Nissan Rogue
10,034 8862 101,412
#10
Jeep Wrangler
9892 7908 101,820

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates declining year-over-year sales.

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