Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged forward in July 2014 in large part because of extra attention paid to some of the perennial top sellers.
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Among smaller SUVs and crossovers, we saw a best-ever month for the Toyota RAV4, a 19% jump in sales of the Ford Escape, a 37% boost in Chevrolet Equinox volume, and a 5% uptick in sales of America’s favourite utility vehicle, the Honda CR-V.
When it comes to these bigger utility vehicles, U.S. sales didn’t expand with the same force in July 2014, but some very popular players produced some very significant increases.
The Ford Explorer, America’s best-selling three-row vehicle, was up 35% to 19,006 units, 2209 of which came from the Police Interceptor Utility. Chevrolet’s Traverse was up 25% in July. Its partner vehicles from GMC and Buick also produced meaningful increases.
Meanwhile, Toyota is turning the 4Runner back into a relatively high-volume vehicle. Well, not completely. Toyota sold an average of 107,609 4Runners on an annual basis between 2003 and 2006. That average fell below 40,000 units between 2008 and 2010. 4Runner volume then crested the 50K barrier again last year, and Toyota USA is on pace for more than 70,000 4Runner sales in 2014.
Its year-to-date figures place the 4Runner among America’s 25 best-selling SUVs and crossovers in 2014. There are very few players left playing in this off-roadable family SUV category, and most are either substantially more expensive than the 4Runner or substantially more utilitarian.
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 now sortable, so you can rank midsize SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.