America’s auto industry reported a collective 7% increase in new vehicle sales volume in February 2016. Wrapped inside the market’s 1.34 million sales was the SUV/crossover sector’s 37% market share.
SUVs and crossovers earned slightly less than 36% of the auto industry’s volume in February 2015, but sales of utility vehicles jumped 12% in February 2016, easily outpacing the growth of the industry as a whole.
Top tier candidates were responsible for much of the SUV/CUV market’s rise. Of the 55,000+ extra sales, the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Ford Explorer contributed more than 13,000 additional sales, year-over-year.
The RAV4 claimed top spot among SUVs for a second consecutive month. The margin of victory, however, was only 273-units strong, down from 1792 units in January.
Through the first one-sixth of 2016, utility vehicles which weren’t on sale at this stage of 2015 added 30,333 sales to the ledger: Renegade, HR-V, CX-3, 500X, and Discovery Sport.
Growth among subcompact crossovers continues to easily outperform the SUV/CUV sector, not a surprising turn of events given the frequency with which all-new models are introduced. But no truly small utility vehicle has climbed all that high on the sales charts. Yet.
The class-leading Jeep Renegade ranks 24th in utility vehicle sales through the first two months of 2016, 34,000 sales behind the top-selling compact utility vehicle, the aforementioned Toyota RAV4. For every Renegade sold in Jeep showrooms, Jeep also sells more than two Cherokees.
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Reminder: these are 2016 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by February volume by clicking the February 2016 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.
Source: Automakers & ANDC & WSJ * 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. ‡ With their February release, Mercedes-Benz USA began combining the GLE and M-Class as well as GLC and GLK. ° Overall figure is the total of SUV/crossover sales from all brands which report model-specific sales figures. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.com. Model X estimate: 900 YTD; 500 in February.