U.S. sales of smaller SUVs and crossovers are rising at a faster rate than that of the overall U.S. auto industry. October 2013 volume of key small utility vehicles rose 20%.
More car-like crossovers such as the Buick Encore and Mini Paceman more than doubled their collective October volume.
America’s four best-selling utility vehicles are all on the smaller end of the scale. While not the smallest, they’re all part of lineups which feature much bigger utility vehicles.
The Honda CR-V sells more than twice as often as the bigger and not at all unpopular Honda Pilot. The CR-V is America’s best-selling small crossover in 2013; the best-selling utility vehicle regardless of size, too.
The second-ranked Ford Escape generates approximately three sales for every two Ford Explorer sales.
Toyota sells 1.7 copies of the third-ranked RAV4 per Highlander.
And while General Motors owns three-quarters of the full-size SUV market, the Chevrolet Equinox outsells the Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Ford Expedition, and Toyota Sequoia combined.
Presumably, their profit margins are lower, but the volume generated by smaller SUVs and crossovers is something to behold given their non-status two decades ago.
Speaking of which, the Jeep Cherokee, a small SUV original, is back. Jeep sold its first 579 Cherokees in October 2013. Depending on the reaction neighbours have to the controversial 2014 Cherokee parked in driveways next door, Jeep will either sell a ridiculous number of Cherokees in the coming months or, relatively speaking, hardly any at all.
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. The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look instead for red font to designate year-over-year declines. We’ve also added prior year data, which means you’ll spend less time hunting around GCBC looking for relatively recent historical data.