September 2014 SUV Sales -- Same Game, Same Players
CUVs Dominate Again This Month
Except only rarely, the SUVs and CUVs that appear on monthly sales Top 10 lists don’t change too much. Sure, they’ll switch places a little, but it’s usually the same 10 SUVs every month.
September 2014 was no exception. Even though the batting order has changed a little, the roster is still exactly the same. Outside the Top 10, there are some interesting numbers, though. For example, Cadillac sold 137 percent more Escalades in September 2014 than it did in September 2013, no doubt due to the new model’s fetching new design. GM’s fullsize SUVs have done very well so far this year. Overall sales are down a bit from August, but that's to be expected as the summer comes to an end.
1) Honda CR-V -- 23,722, up 11 percent
The CR-V takes back its Number One spot after surrendering it to the RAV4 in August. Although the current CR-V is the oldest compact crossover on this list, sales are still strong, and with an updated 2015 model in dealerships today, we’d wager that the CR-V’s crown rests pretty easily on Honda’s head.
2) Toyota RAV4 -- 22,724, up 43 percent
The RAV4’s standout styling and Toyota’s solid reputation keeps this CUV at or near the top of the sales charts every month. While newcomers occasionally present a threat, the smallest Toyota SUV always makes a strong showing, especially given its 43 percent gain over September 2013.
3) Ford Escape – 21,718, down 4 percent
Escape sales are down a little compared to September 2013, but it’s still extremely popular. The little Ford comes in a wide variety of trims, with the buyer’s choice of three different engines. In top-spec trim, it’s one of the more powerful compact CUVs, with an available 240hp 2.0L turbocharged I-4.
4) Chevrolet Equinox -- 17,266, up 12 percent
Chevrolet’s Equinox appears once again on this list. Like its rivals, it features a compact exterior with a reasonably spacious interior, and it combines adequate performance with good fuel economy. The Equinox has been a consistent Top 5 seller for the past two years.
5) Nissan Rogue -- 17,229, up 52 percent
Narrowly missing beating the Equinox, the Rogue nevertheless posted huge gains for September 2014 over September 2013. Unlike most of its compact rivals, the redesigned Rogue offers a (tiny) third-row seat, which no doubt helps its popularity.
6) Jeep Cherokee -- 14,639
The Cherokee is a new-for-2014 model that, in spite of its polarizing styling, has done very well since going on sale. It’s one of the few crossovers that can offer real off-road capability with its Trailhawk trim level, but for those who value efficiency over Moab prowess, three other models are offered, each with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
7) Jeep Wrangler -- 13,955, up 16 percent
The Wrangler’s continued success is proof that sometimes, emotion wins. The Wrangler is less efficient and less comfortable than most of the SUVs on the market today, but it triumphs on basis of its classic styling, winning off-roadability, and sun-friendly removable roof. Jeep’s been busy updating the model with a more comfortable interior and a better, more economical powertrain, so it’s a pretty compelling proposition for many people.
8) Ford Explorer -- 13,770, up 1 percent
It could be argued that the Explorer was the first family friendly SUV. It continues its legendary dominance of the segment this month as well, with sales that have held fairly steady for a while now. Like the Escape, the Explorer is available with a range of engines and trims for every need and is the largest SUV on this list.
9) Jeep Grand Cherokee -- 12,854, down 14 percent
The Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s third model with Top 10 sales for September 2014. Although sales are down year over year, the Grand Cherokee is still doing just fine. Available this year with an EcoDiesel V6, the Grand Cherokee is the most-awarded SUV ever, and it has something to offer just about everyone.
10) Subaru Forester -- 12,584, up 18 percent
The Forester cashes in on Subaru’s all-wheel drive heritage and reputation as a safe, quirky choice for the neo-hippie or suburban family. The new Forester is one of precious few in its competitive set that’s available with a manual transmission, and it’s the only compact crossover on this list that comes standard with four driven wheels.