2003 Ford Expedition

Although Ford Explorer sales decreased in 2003 and Chevrolet TrailBlazer sales increased, the swings weren’t nearly enough for the Chevy to unseat the Ford as America’s best-selling SUV. Ford also made the fifth and sixth-ranked utility vehicles, the Expedition and Escape. 

Three of America’s nine top-selling SUVs in 2003 were full-size, truck-based sport-utility vehicles. Besides the Tahoe and Yukon, General Motors also sold 86,238 Yukons and 70,887 Yukon XLs; Ford sold 26,259 Excursions. Nissan sold its first 6609 Pathfinder Armadas and Toyota Sequoia sales totalled 67,067 units.

Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs In America – 2002 Year End
Top 10 Best-Selling SUVs In America – 2004 Year End
Top 40 Best-Selling Vehicles In America – 2003 Year End

But smaller utility vehicles were climbing the charts. Honda’s eighth-ranked CR-V remained steady in the eighth position it held one year earlier, but sales were up. Ford’s Escape, meanwhile, ascended from the ninth position in 2002 to become the sixth-best-selling SUV in 2006.

Rank
Best-Selling SUV/Crossover
2003
2002

Change
#1
Ford Explorer
373,118 433,847 -14.0%
#2
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
261,334 249,568 4.7%
#3
Jeep Grand Cherokee
207,479 224,233 -7.5%
#4
Chevrolet Tahoe
199,065 209,767 -5.1%
#5
Ford Expedition
181,547 163,454 11.1%
#6
Ford Escape
167,678 145,471 15.3%
#7
Jeep Liberty
162,987 171,212 -4.8%
#8
Honda CR-V
143,909 142,266 1.6%
#9
Chevrolet Suburban
135,222 151,056 -10.5%
#10
GMC Envoy
127,782 110,720 15.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC