The Toyota Highlander, not the usually favoured Ford Explorer, was America’s best-selling three-row vehicle in December 2016.
Refreshed for the 2017 model year with altered styling and a new 8-speed automatic, sales of the Toyota Highlander jumped 58% to 25,425 units in December 2016, a record high for the Highlander. Highlander volume rose by a fifth over the course of 2016 to 191,379 units, second in the segment, 57,128 sales behind the Explorer, which includes the Explorer Police Interceptor.
Explorer sales dipped slightly from 2015 levels, when Ford had reported an 11-year high in sales of America’s former number-one-selling SUV.
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Along with record sales of the Highlander, 2016 also hosted all-time records for the Hyundai Santa Fe (figures of which include both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport) and Nissan Murano.
Numerous three-row crossovers are awaiting forthcoming replacements. The Chevrolet Traverse’s long-awaited second-generation edition was just revealed in Detroit. GMC’s second-generation Acadia arrived at dealers in late 2016. The Honda Pilot, meanwhile, replaced for the 2016 model year, struggled with poor supply through much of 2016.
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. These tables are sortable, so you can rank midsize SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.