If U.S. Ford Explorer volume continues to increase at the 27% clip it achieved through the first three months of 2015, the best-selling three-row vehicle in America could will sell more than 260,000 copies by year’s end.
Explorer sales in 2014 climbed to a nine-year high. Ford hasn’t sold more than 260,000 Explorers in a single calendar year since 2004, when nearly 340,000 left Ford showrooms.
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The Explorer is a long-established SUV nameplate, and though it’s as much a crossover now as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, it continues to trade on its iconic name.
The Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, while sharing somewhat iconic status, has remained true to its SUV roots. 4Runner sales last year rose to a seven-year high. If 4Runner sales grew 20% in the remainder of 2015 – they’re up 40% so far this year – Toyota would sell more than 90,000 copies for the first time since 2006.
Toyota USA averaged nearly 108,000 annual 4Runner sales between 2003 and 2006; barely more than 43,000 between 2008 and 2013.
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.