Non-Police Explorer Sales Rose 46% In The U.S. In January 2013
After its best-ever 2012, the Honda CR-V stumbled early on in 2013, falling back to second spot on this list of America’s 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers. The Ford Escape, sales of which jumped 15.5% in January, took over the top spot, a position it battled for in 2012 but ultimately lost to the CR-V.
The CR-V was one of eight Japanese brand utility vehicles in the top 20 in January. None posted as sharp an increase as the 17th-ranked Nissan Pathfinder, sales of which tripled compared with January 2012. Nissan’s Rogue was the eight-best-selling SUV in America in 2012 despite a 10% decline.
The eight Japanese brand utilities were joined by two Korean nameplates: the closely related Hyundai Santa Fe and stronger-selling Kia Sorento. Sales of both models improved noticeably in January, and the Sorento’s transition to a similar-looking but substantially altered 2014 model should provide another boost.
That leaves the Escape and nine other Detroit brand SUVs. Three Jeeps, three Fords, two Chevrolets, one GMC, and one Dodge round out the group. Of the 20, only the CR-V and Rogue posted year-over-year declines. The Detroit utilities were led by the Escape, but on the improvement front, the Ford Explorer, GMC Terrain, and Dodge Journey led with 53%, 51%, and 93% improvements. 4.3%, or 653, of the Explorer’s total was Police Interceptor-derived.