As U.S. auto sales volume expanded by just 1% in a shorter-than-normal November sales month, SUV/crossover volume jumped 12%, a gain of 54,000 units.
The shorter sales month wasn’t the only thing working against the growth of the SUV/crossover market. The two most popular utility vehicles in America heading into November – the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape – posted 20% and 19% year-over-year losses, respectively, last month.
Six crossovers not on sale at this stage a year ago, or at least not for the duration of November 2014, combined for 23,771 U.S. sales in November 2015, 5% of the sector’s total volume.
Those vehicles – Trax, Renegade, HR-V, 500X, CX-3, NX – are surely stealing a measure of sales from established nameplates, but it’s worth noting that the SUV/crossover arena would be larger this year than last even without the impact of those new nameplates.
At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by November volume by clicking the November 2015 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.
* 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. ^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.