With February marked off the calendars the compact and midsize crossover/SUV sales battle continues. Though the compact crossover/SUV battle saw the Honda CR-V retain its top spot, there was a fair amount of shuffling going on in the midsize fight.
1) Honda CR-V - 24,759 Sold/43,719 YTD - Unchanged
For the second month in the row Honda's CR-V reigns over its rivals as the top-selling compact crossover/SUV in the United States. Thanks to the continual roll-out of the 2012 CR-V, Honda's compact crossover was up 24.5 percent year-over year, with 24,759 sold in February. That brings the CR-V's year-to-date total to 43,719 -- impressive considering we're only two months into the year.
2) Ford Escape - 18,666 Sold/35,925 YTD - Unchanged
Sitting pretty in second place again is the Ford Escape. As was the case last month, the impending roll-out of the 2013 Escape is likely helping boost sales as dealers look to clear inventory for the new model. Escape sales were only up 3.7 percent last month. With 18,666 Escapes sold in February, Ford's year-to-date total comes in at 35,935.
3) Chevrolet Equinox - 17,851 Sold/31,513 YTD - Unchanged
Taking bronze in last month's sales race was the Chevy Equinox again. Equinox sales continue to grow steadily; last month sales were up 15.7 percent year-over-year, bringing its monthly sales total to 17,851 -- just shy of its Dearborn rival. Chevrolet has sold 31,513 Equinoxes thus far in 2012.
4) Nissan Rogue - 13,423 Sold/23,327 TYD - Unchanged
The Nissan Rogue remained in fourth place for February's compact crossover/SUV sales. Rogue sales jumped 17.5 percent versus the same period last year, helping Nissan to move 13,423 Rogues. Nissan has sold 23,327 Rogues so far this year.
5) Toyota RAV4 - 12,677 Sold/22,496 YTD - Unchanged
Rounding out the top five for the second month in a row is the Toyota RAV4. Toyota managed to sell 12,677 RAV4s last month, which was only a 0.9 percent year-over-year increase. While Toyota's 22,496 year-to-date RAV4 sales give it a nice cushion over the next closest contender, if sales continue to stay largely flat it isn't conceivable to imagine the RAV4 being bumped out of the top five.
One to Watch: Jeep Wrangler - 9319 Sold/17,215 YTD
One of the last true old-school body-on-frame SUVs still available, the Wrangler's unashamedly back-to-basics nature didn't keep consumers from buying this adventuresome icon. Although it didn't approach the same numbers as the more suburban-oriented crossovers, its surprisingly strong sales performance and 22.0 percent year-over-year growth proves there's still a market for the original SUV.
1) Jeep Grand Cherokee - 12,724 Sold/23,407 YTD - Unchanged
For the second month in a row the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the best-selling midsize crossover/SUV in the U.S. The 12,724 Grand Cherokees sold allowed the Jeep to be the only midsizer to keep the same spot it had last month. Grand Cherokee sales were up a staggering 46.8 percent versus the same period last year. With 23,407 Grand Cherokees sold so far this year, Jeep has built up a pretty sizeable - but not insurmountable - lead over its next closest competitor
2) Ford Edge - 10,535 Sold/18,005 YTD - Up 1
There was a bit of inter-company rivalry going on last month for the number two slot, with the Ford Edge ultimately taking silver over the Ford Explorer. Ford sold 10,535 Edges last month, a 3.9 percent increase year-over-year, bringing the sporty crossover's year-to-date total to 18,005.
3) Ford Explorer - 10,440 Sold/20,406 YTD - Down 1
The Ford Explorer got the short end of the stick last month, being beaten out of its second place slot by its Edge stablemate. Ford's 10,440 Explorers sold represented an 8.1 percent year-over-year increase, and helps put it solidly in second in year-to-date sales.
4) Honda Pilot - 8879 Sold/15,244 YTD - New Entry
After being a no-show on the sales chart last month the Honda Pilot came seemingly out of nowhere to snag fourth place from the Kia Sorento, ultimately bumping the Toyota Highlander off the chart. Honda managed to sell 8879 Pilots last month, which represented a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Honda has sold 15,244 Pilots so far in 2012.
5) Kia Sorento - 8386 Sold/15,708 YTD - Down 1
Though it was bumped from last month's spot, the Kia Sorento still remains in the top five with 8386 vehicles sold. Currently Kia's best-selling vehicle, Sorento sales were down 2.9 percent versus February of 2011. Even so, Kia has still managed to sell 15,708 of the American-made three-row crossover so far in 2012.
Ones to Watch: Toyota Highlander - 8155 Sold/15,011 YTD - Down 1
Toyota's bread-and-butter midsize offering got narrowly edged out by the Sorento, thanks to the dark horse Pilot. Though it's currently out of the running, it's likely over the course of the year the Highlander will nudge its way back into the top five.
Chevrolet Traverse - 7966 Sold/14,606 YTD
Chevy's version of the Lambda crossover may be the best-selling of GM's jumbo-sized crossover triplets, but it still wasn't enough to get it in the top five. Will it elbow its way in to the top five sometime this year? Being only a few hundred units off of this month's number five model, it's possible.
Source: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Kia, Nissan, Toyota