Yes, the auto industry as a whole was surging in 2015. But non-SUV/crossover sales grew just 1%, a far more modest increase of around 100,000 units, as traditional passenger cars lost market share to the utility vehicle market and minivan volume decreased, as well.
SUVs and crossovers, led by the Honda CR-V for a fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight years, owned 35% of the overall U.S. market in 2015, up 32% in 2014 as passenger car market share fell from 48% in 2014 to little more than 44% in 2015.
CR-V sales growth was not significant relative to its closest rival, the surging Toyota RAV4. But both the CR-V and RAV4 – along with the Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Chevrolet Equinox – set U.S. sales records in 2015.
For the CR-V, 2015 marked the sixth consecutive year of sales expansion in America. 2015 was the Toyota RAV4’s fourth year of growth. Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox volume in 2015 increased for a seventh consecutive year. The Nissan Rogue has only ever grown its U.S. volume, rising in eight years following the first-gen Rogue’s 2007 launch.
The Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche brands all set annual U.S. sales records in 2015 as their utility vehicle volume grew 30%, 5%, 37%, 27%, 17%, and 28%, respectively. Their car sales, respectively, were up 0.5%, up 0.4%, down 8% (at Jaguar), down 2%, down 3%, and down 8%.
Subcompact crossovers were the other big utility vehicle story in 2015. Their sales collectively doubled thanks to the launches of the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3. The Trax, Renegade, and HR-V – the two latter examples having only participated in a portion of the 2015 calendar year – rank 31st, 34th, and 43rd on this list, respectively.
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Reminder: these are 2015 calendar year rankings, but you can sort SUVs/crossovers by December volume by clicking the December 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.