Assisted by 805 Police Interceptor Utility sales, the Ford Explorer recorded a 67% year-over-year U.S. sales increase in February 2013. Sales of the non-police Explorers rose 59% in February, and year-to-date, they’re up 53% to 31,140.
Chief rivals are quite a ways behind. Jeep Grand Cherokee sales are down 12% this year. A new diesel engine option should provide a boost, as will other key updates. Sales of the Toyota Highlander are up 21%, but Explorer volume is 80% stronger. The Honda Pilot is 15,579 sales back of the Ford. And Ford’s own two-row Edge is 13,301 units abaft.
The nearly iconic Explorer was last America’s best-selling SUV in 2006. It’s unlikely that it’ll rank at the top of the heap again – the least efficient Escape is 8.7% more efficient than the most efficient Explorer, and cheaper, too – but we wouldn’t have expected sales of the fifth-gen Explorer to be rising so quickly in early 2013, either.
Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these vehicles can be accessed by clicking a model name in the sortable tables below or by making a selection at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. Click any column header to re-sort the order of these tables, ranking vehicles by volume rather than listing them alphabetically, for instance. GoodCarBadCar published figures for smaller SUVs and crossovers earlier today. On the first day of March, this list of the best-selling SUVs was posted.