This was the fourth consecutive month of decline for the group of seven body-on-frame beasts. Sales in 2016’s first month were brought lower largely because of GM declines. The Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, and Yukon XL combined for a 1320-unit loss.
Low fuel prices clearly aren’t the answer to the decreased demand for full-size utility vehicles. Increasingly, three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot do a better job with ferrying passengers in comfort, and they’re typically more capable handlers.
Moreover, these big brutes aren’t exactly off-road experts – they’re too wide and too low for that now.
But don’t confuse a decline in popularity with the total disappearance of popularity. Some of these nameplates were once among the most popular SUVs in America. And no, they’re not any longer. But this group of seven accounted for 4% of the SUVs sold in America in 2015, or about as much market share as the Chevrolet Equinox.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. This table is sortable, so you can rank large sport-utility vehicles any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.