The Honda CR-V was America’s best-selling SUV/crossover for a fourth consecutive year in 2015 and thus the best-selling utility vehicle in its class, as well. CR-V volume reached a record high in 2015, albeit with a modest 3% year-over-year gain. Category-wide volume jumped 13% in the U.S. in calendar year 2015.
The CR-V’s next-closest challenger, the Toyota RAV4, posted massive year-over-year growth, but the third-ranked Ford Escape increased its annual total by only 280 units. In all three cases, 2015’s total was the best ever for the nameplate.
Indeed, the fourth-ranked Nissan Rogue and fifth-ranked Chevrolet Equinox set annual sales records, too, along with the Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Jeep Patriot, GMC Terrain, Mazda CX-5, Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The rise of the subcompact crossover class was the talk of the automotive press for much of the year, largely because the frequency with which we all see one of these vehicles has increased so dramatically; largely because there was always a new version parked outside an auto reviewer’s house.
All-new introductions in 2015 included the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3. The Chevrolet Trax, a Buick Encore twin, arrived late last year.
Sales of subcompact CUVs nearly doubled in 2015. The Subaru XV Crosstrek – too large to be a direct rival to these itty-bitty crossovers; too small to be a rival for Subaru’s own Forester; too obviously an Impreza not to be recognized as a conventional car – was the category leader with nearly 90,000 sales. The Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade all topped the 60K mark. The Renegade led the category in each of the last two months.
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 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.