The age that’s brought us subcompact-car-based crossovers, on-road-performance-oriented Land Rovers, and more small luxury CUVs than you can shake a stick at has also brought with it a massive surge in the number of SUVs and crossovers sold in America.
Through the first ten months of 2015, U.S. sales of utility vehicles have grown 16%.
In October, specifically, category-wide volume jumped 28%, a strong follow-up to eptember’s 31% year-over-year increase. So far this year, more than 5 million SUVs and crossovers have been sold, an increase of nearly 700,000 units in ten months.
One quarter of those sales are generated by the five most popular nameplates: CR-V, Escape, RAV4, Rogue, Equinox.
All-new nameplates which weren’t on sale at this stage a year ago are meaningful forces, as well. The Chevrolet Trax is America’s 30th-ranked utility vehicle, the Jeep Renegade ranks 36th, the Lexus NX ranks 41st.
One thing remains clear: the Honda CR-V will end 2015 as America’s best-selling SUV, the fourth consecutive year that the CR-V has been the leader of the pack.
At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by October volume by clicking the October 2015 column header, or you can rank SUVs/crossovers by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.