2013 began with strong Lambda performances in the United States. The Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia sales rose 57%, 2%, and 7% after ending 2012 down 3%, 20%, and 1%, respectively.
General Motors apparently required three different brands to collect 16,853 midsize crossover sales, but collect them GM did. Ford sold 15,207 Explorers last month (653 of which were Police Interceptors) to go along with 1615 Flexes and 9614 two-row Edges. Sales of those Fords, like the Lambda-platform crossovers at GM, increased on a year-over-year basis. The same could be said of the Honda Pilot, the new Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota’s 4Runner and Highlander.
The Nissan Pathfinder’s leap forward – triple the number of Pathfinders were sold this January than last – came at the same time Infiniti sold 1970 copies of the JX35, a premium Pathfinder copy. 6281 Pathfinders doesn’t make the Nissan an Explorer-beater, but it does look as though buyers are about as willing to consider the Pathfinder as the Highlander or Pilot.
Since normalizing the Altima’s size a decade ago, Nissan has had a fairly successful challenger to Toyota’s Camry and Honda’s Accord. Now that the Pathfinder is a conventional three-row crossover and not a rough-road-ready SUV, one capable of selling like a Honda or Toyota, perhaps Nissan need only turn the 370Z into a Mustang-fighting American muscle car. Or not.
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GoodCarBadCar has radically altered this midsize SUV/CUV sales post by isolating three off-road-ready sport-utes and three are-they-crossovers-or-just-wagons. These vehicles are also listed elsewhere, with small SUVs and midsize cars. Every vehicle is listed in GCBC’s All Vehicle Rankings, a post that was published with January results on Monday. Meanwhile, historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles can be accessed by clicking their model names below or by making a selection at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
The tables are now sortable, so if you’d rather see vehicles ranked by volume (as they are in the accompanying chart) rather than listed alphabetically, simply click the column header. That’s where you’ll find out that no midsize utility vehicle suffered as great a drop as the Jeep Liberty (which will be replaced later this year), the discontinued Hyundai Veracruz, or the defunct Mitsubishi Endeavor.