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.
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.