As is typically the case with the monthly SUV sales, the top two showroom performers are no great surprise, but for April, the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape switch places, with the Honda regaining its First Place ranking by almost 4000 units. The Chevrolet Equinox takes its usual third place, and further down the list, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee continues to perform strongly, making it the only brand to have three models in the top 10 list this month.
The Subaru Forester has been on our list a few times over the past few years, but couldn't quite shoulder aside the Toyota Highlander's solid performance, up 27.7 percent for April.
Honda CR-V – 28,485, Up 7.4 Percent
Honda re-claims what it likely sees as its rightful place atop the SUV sales chart, with sales up 7.4 percent for April. Compared so some past months, when the sales gap between CR-V and Escape was only a few hundred units, the CR-V enjoyed a margin of 3906 units.
Ford Escape – 24,579, Down 4.8 Percent
Escape sales tumbled a modest 4.8 percent year-over-year in April but still was solidly in the top two, with a more than 4,000-unit edge over the third place Chevrolet Equinox. A series of recalls affecting the 1.6-liter EcoBoost model seems to not have adversely affected the Escape's overall popularity in the marketplace.
Chevrolet Equinox – 20,315, Down 3.1 Percent
The Toyota RAV4 has taken the Third Place SUV sales spot a few times over the last two years, but the Equinox has climbed back into its traditional third place. The Equinox received an upgrade on its optional V-6 from 3.0 to 3.6-liters for 2013, but the majority of models sold have the I-4. Its tweener size that is slightly larger than most other compact models makes it "just right" for many shoppers.
Toyota RAV4 – 18,834, Up 1.6 Percent
Of the many SUV models that Toyota sells, the RAV4 still consistently tops the sales charts with its strong combination of economy, practicality, and cargo utility. Going with the flow of mainstream compact crossovers with all four-cylinder engines and a more car-like look seems to be paying off.
Ford Explorer – 16,629, Up 17.1 Percent
The Explorer tops the midsize sales charts with a strong 17.1 percent year-over-year April gain. The broad range of options and trims, and its seven-passenger capacity continue to make it a hit with customers.
Jeep Grand Cherokee – 15,652, Up 4.0 Percent
The Grand Cherokee continues to be the brand's top-seller, but Jeep had three models in the top 10. The only mainstream midsize model offering a turbodiesel option, the Grand Cherokee continues to be a unique offering in the market.
Jeep Wrangler – 15,389, Up 14 Percent
Bucking the conventional wisdom that "nobody wants a truckish SUV anymore," the Wrangler continues to win over fans with its no-nonsense authenticity. Jeep has introduced several limited-edition trim levels that keep things interesting for its heritage standard-bearer.
Nissan Rogue – 15,066, Up 26.6 Percent
The 2014 redesign of the Rogue seems to be paying off in sales, with results up a robust 26.6 percent year-over-year increase. The last-generation Rogue continues as the "Rogue Select" for value-minded buyers.
Jeep Cherokee – 15,007
The Cherokee's styling may have been seen as controversial or homely among some critics, but buyers seem to be warming up to it, with a solid sales performance of 15,007 units in April, a healthy increase over its performance of 13,796 units in March.
Toyota Highlander – 12,507, Up 27.7 Percent
Toyota's redesigned Highlander nudged the popular Subaru Forester off the top 10 list for April with a 27.7 percent gain. A redesign with a larger third-row seat and a memorable ad campaign featuring the Muppets have kept the Highlander prominent in the minds of consumers.