Not since 2006 has the Ford Explorer been America’s best-selling SUV. But in calendar year 2015, U.S. sales of the Explorer, America’s best-selling three-row vehicle, climbed to their highest level since 2004’s 339,333 units.
The Explorer’s nearest three-row rival was 90,333 sales behind. That vehicle, the Toyota Highlander, achieved its best year of sales ever even as sales of its authentic SUV sibling, the Toyota 4Runner, climbed to a nine-year high.
2015 was a record year for the U.S. auto industry in terms of outright volume, and SUVs/crossovers were the industry’s mealticket. Passenger car volume decreased, but a typical “family car” purchase increasingly means buyers are looking for a high-riding, all-wheel-drive wagon.
Thus, the big movements weren’t limited only to the Explorer, Highlander, and 4Runner.
2015 was a record year for the Chevrolet Traverse, the best year in nine for the Dodge Durango, a record year for the GMC Acadia, the best year in a decade for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the best year in seven for the Nissan Murano.
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.