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  • December and Year-End 2014 SUV Sales

December and Year-End 2014 SUV Sales

Crossovers Continue Domination

Jan 5, 2015
Cute utes may not be the vehicle of choice for hardcore truck and off-road fans, but for the majority of car buyers, they’re proving to be a runaway hit, and the December and 2014 sales roundup amply proves the point. The Honda CR-V comfortably retains its title as the best-selling SUV in the country with more than 32,000 units sold in December and a whopping 335,019 for 2014. The Ford Escape is a solid second, and the Toyota RAV4 once again takes third. Rounding out the Top Four is the Chevrolet Equinox. The Subaru Forester also posted its best-ever December with 15,163 units sold.
But the outlook wasn’t entirely gloomy for the more traditional SUVs, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler both posting respectable sales figures for the month and year, and the all-new 2014 Cherokee busting the charts, making it Jeep’s best-selling model for December and second-best seller for the year.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View In Motion 11
1) Honda CR-V – 32,369, Up 12.6 Percent Month, 10.2 Percent Year
Fresh off a model year 2015 update, the CR-V continues to be an unstoppable sales juggernaut for Honda, completely dominating the segment and the brand’s bestseller for December. The CR-V also finished off the year strongly, surpassing the Civic to become the brand’s second-best-selling model for the year. The 2015 update includes a new powertrain with improved power and fuel economy and structural updates to improve crash safety.
Photo 3/11   |   2014 Ford Escape Front Drivers Side
2) Ford Escape – 25,603, Up 4.7 Percent Month, 3.5 Percent Year
The Escape may have come up slightly short from the CR-V’s impressive December and year-end performance, but it’s still a model to be reckoned with, being Ford’s second-best-selling model behind the F-Series for December and the third best-selling model for the year just barely behind the Fusion midsize sedan.
Photo 4/11   |   2014 Toyota RAV4 Front View
3) Toyota RAV4 – 22,997, Up 9.7 Percent Month, 22.7 Percent Year
If there was any doubt the RAV4’s sleeker redesign going from a truckish-looking cute ute to a more carlike crossover was a good idea, just take a look at its sales performance for 2014, up almost 10 percent for December and a huge 22.7 percent for the year. The lack of an upgrade powertrain has not seemed to hurt its popularity with buyers.
Photo 5/11   |   2014 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front Drivers Side
4) Chevrolet Equinox – 21,298, Up 23.7 Percent Month, 1.7 Percent Year
Like the Escape, the Equinox is among Chevrolet’s best-sellers, and was surpassed only by the Silverado in December, with a sales total of 21,298. Sales were up a significant 23.7 percent for the month. Yearly total results were up a more modest 1.7 percent. An all-new Equinox is due within the next few model years, with special attention reportedly given to weight savings and fuel economy.
Photo 6/11   |   2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter
5) Jeep Cherokee – 17,715, Up 18 Percent Month, 592 Percent Year
The crossover-ish Cherokee takes the prize for December for being the best-selling Jeep. Sales were up a respectable 18 percent for December but an astounding 592 percent for the year. However, it should be noted that the Cherokee went on sale relatively late in 2013, making the year-to-year comparison somewhat apples to oranges.
Photo 7/11   |   2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Three Quarters View 3
6) Jeep Grand Cherokee – 17,176, Up 4 Percent Month, 5 Percent Year
The Grand Cherokee remains one of the staple models of the Jeep lineup but was slightly eclipsed by its little brother for December. However, it does have the distinction of being the best-selling Jeep model overall in 2014, with a total of 183,786 units sold.
Photo 8/11   |   2014 Ford Explorer Sport Front Three Quarters
7) Ford Explorer – 16,632, Up 6.2 Percent Month, 6.2 Percent Year
The Explorer is Ford’s second-best-selling SUV behind the Escape, and with a broad array of trim and powertrain options, it’s easy to see why it’s popular. The Explorer gets a significant update for the 2016 model year, including a larger, more powerful 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 option replacing the previous 2.0L engine.
Photo 9/11   |   2014 Subaru Forester Front Right Side View
8) Subaru Forester – 15,163, Up 14.6 Percent Month, 29.4 Percent Year
2014 has been a record year for Subaru, which has gone from being a niche player in the automotive market, to moving ever-closer to mainstream status. The Forester crossover took the title of the brand’s best-selling model for December and the whole year. Not far behind was the tall-wagon Outback, proving the premise that Americans will buy wagons with enough ground clearance and avoiding use of the “w” word.
Photo 10/11   |   2014 Toyota Highlander Three Quarters Drivers Front View
9) Toyota Highlander – 15,019, Up 21.7 Percent Month, 14.5 Percent Year
The Highlander took second-place to the RAV4’s stellar sales performance, but its double-digit December and 2014 gains are impressive nonetheless. A 2014 redesign gave the Highlander significantly more third-row space and a more aggressive look. It remains one of the few three-row crossovers available with a hybrid drivetrain option, the other being the Nissan Pathfinder.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Subaru Outback 36R Front Three Quarter
10) Subaru Outback – 14,772, Up 34.3 Percent Month, 17.6 Percent Year
Perhaps the least truckish of any of the models on this month’s Top 10 list, the Outback barely edged out the Jeep Wrangler to take the tenth-place spot on our list this month. Both December and year-over-year gains were in the double digits. We only include the Outback on this list because it’s a past Truck Trend SUV of the Year winner.