The number of SUVs and crossovers sold in the United States in March 2015 increased by more than 34,000 units compared with March 2014. During the same period, U.S. sales of passenger cars decreased by nearly 27,000 units.
While seven of the ten top-selling cars in America in March 2015 posted decreased year-over-year volume, eight of the ten – and 12 of the top 15 – top-selling utility vehicles reported increased year-over-year volume.
The Honda CR-V has been America’s most popular SUV/CUV in each of the last seven months. Its March margin of victory, however, was rather slim at just 200 units, yet American Honda’s VP of automobile operations sees a big difference between the CR-V’s tally and the second-ranked Rogue’s impressive total.
Up a notch on the size/price ladder, the Lexus RX continues to be America’s top-selling premium utility vehicle. The RX has generated 7800 more sales than the next-best-selling Acura MDX over the last three months, and sales are on the upswing. First-quarter RX volume rose 5%, and RX sales have increased in each of the last three years.
Nevertheless, though that U.S. sales uptick occurred in the last three months despite the arrival of its rather popular smaller sibling, the NX, Lexus showcased its next RX, the fourth-gen 2016 model, at the New York Auto Show this week. It’s different.
At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by March volume by clicking the March 2015 column header, or you can rank SUVs/crossovers by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.