The improvements are even more notable than they appear at first glance. January wasn’t simply affected by a major east coast winter storm, nor was the strength of December perceived to be the only threat. There were only 24 selling days for the industry in January 2015, down from 26 in January 2015.
Thus, over a shorter period of time, small utility vehicle sales ballooned, and the sales of midsize cars and compact cars appeared measly by comparison.
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Among the major small utilities, gains were reported virtually across the board. Only the 17% decline of the Honda CR-V, America’s perennial top-selling utility, stood out as a real negative. (The Equinox and Escape both improved their daily selling rate during the abbreviated January 2016 sales month.)
It does appear as though the bevy of new candidates are having an impact on sales of established subcompact utilities, however. The Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, and Subaru Crosstrek all posted declines, albeit marginal decreases in total volume for the Mitsubishi and Subaru.
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 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.