What do the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Subaru Forester, GMC Terrain, Mazda CX-5, Dodge Journey, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Mini Countryman all have in common?
They each sold more often in the United States in 2014 than in any prior year. Record-setting performances were so common as to be easily ignored in manufacturer press releases. The word “record” was popping up more often than recalls on GM’s media site.
The Honda CR-V, for example, didn’t just lead all SUVs and crossovers in November, it outsold all passenger cars, as well. There were more CR-Vs sold in America in 2014 than in 2005 and 2006 combined. There were twice as many RAV4s sold in America in 2014 as there were in 2011. Nearly one out of every five non-F-Series Fords sold in America in 2014 was an Escape.
This trend toward smaller SUVs and crossovers can’t be traced back to a lowering of gas prices. CR-V-class SUVs/crossovers posted 19% gains in 2013, when fuel prices weren’t plunging. This is an evolution in the market. Americans are buying wagons again. They just don’t look like the wagons of yore.
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 small SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
Source: Automakers & ANDC * vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small cars, too, and the tweener-sized Sorento and Santa Fe are shown with midsize SUVs and small SUVs, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with midsizers, as well… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. GCBC has historically shown the Liberty with midsize SUVs but as the Cherokee – truly not midsize inside – replaces the Liberty, proper year-over-year comparison requires seeing the Liberty listed here with these smaller utility vehicles.