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February 2015 SUV Sales – Shaking Things Up

Toyota RAV4 Takes Second Place, Escape Tumbles to Fifth

Mar 3, 2015
The Honda CR-V maintained its status as the best-selling SUV in the country for February 2015, but further down the sales chart, there were some significant shakeups. The Ford Escape, reliably in the second-place spot for much of 2013 and 2014, tumbled to Fifth place this month, as the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue surged. It was the first time in recent memory that the Escape was out-sold by the Chevrolet Equinox.
As usual, the Jeep brand was well represented on the list, with three models in the Top 10, with the Cherokee taking First place for FCA’s SUV brand. The Honda Pilot took 10th place, edging out the Subaru Outback and Forester, which also had positive momentum for the month.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View 1
1. Honda CR-V – 22,298, Up 7.4 Percent
Changes for the 2015 CR-V have helped it maintain its popularity with compact SUV buyers, with near class-leading fuel economy and ample cargo and passenger room. The 2015 model features a new Earth Dreams direct-injected engine with higher torque, and a new CVT transmission which together help bring highway fuel economy to an impressive 34 mpg highway.
Photo 3/11   |   2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited Front Three Quarters
2. Toyota RAV4 – 21,943, Up 33.4 Percent
The RAV4 had a significant surge for February, with a 33.4 percent year-over-year gain. Clearly, the RAV’s restyling and repositioning a few years ago have not hurt its popularity with buyers.
Photo 4/11   |   2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ With Sunlight
3. Chevrolet Equinox – 21,723, Up 0.6 Percent
The Chevrolet Equinox has reliably held the Third-place spot on the list for the better part of three years. It eked out a modest 0.6 percent gain for the month to help it hold on to the spot. An updated 2016 model will help to keep the Equinox relevant to shoppers until an all-new model debuts in 2017.
Photo 5/11   |   2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Front Three Quarter 03
4. Nissan Rogue – 21,419, Up 24.6 Percent
The Rogue was one of Nissan’s best performers for the month, out-sold only by the popular Altima midsize sedan. Nissan continues to sell the previous-generation and current Rogue side by side to offer price-sensitive shoppers a lower-cost option.
Photo 6/11   |   2015 Ford Escape Front End
5. Ford Escape – 20,915, Down 9.6 Percent
The long-time Number Two spot holder Escape got pushed down the list by surprisingly strong sales performance by several competitors. Sales were down 9.6 percent year over year for February. However, it’s important to note that First and Fifth place are separated by only 1,383 units.
Photo 7/11   |   2015 Ford Explorer Sport Front Three Quarter 04
6. Ford Explorer – 17,027, Up 31.8 Percent
The Explorer maintained its status as best-selling three-row SUV in February with a 31.8 percent gain. The Explorer’s wide bandwidth of trim and options gives shoppers ample choice within their budgets, and a redesigned 2016 model promises to keep Explorer’s hot streak going.
Photo 8/11   |   2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter
7. Jeep Cherokee – 14,026, Up 19 Percent
The Cherokee’s unconventional styling certainly hasn’t been any impediment to its sales success, taking the title of Jeep’s best-selling model once again in February. Sales were up 19 percent year over year for February.
Photo 9/11   |   2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter 02
8. Jeep Grand Cherokee – 13,756, Up 8 Percent
The Grand Cherokee may no longer be the brand’s best-selling model, but it’s still a critical part of its success. Sales were up a respectable 8 percent for February.
Photo 10/11   |   2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition Front Three Quarter 02
9. Jeep Wrangler – 12,911, Up 21 Percent
The original and unapologetic SUV is still as popular as ever, with sales up 21 percent year over year for the month. An all-new Wrangler is due for the 2017 model year, and we’ve been promised the Wrangler’s live axles and body-on-frame configuration are not in jeopardy, although we could see an aluminum body and a possible diesel option in the quest to meet tightening federal and global fuel economy standards.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Honda Pilot Touring Front Three Quarters
10. Honda Pilot – 12,629, Up 82.7 Percent
The Pilot may not be the freshest midsize SUV on the market, but its combination of practicality, features and Honda’s reputation for reliability have helped it stay a contender. An all-new Pilot is due for 2016, with sleeker styling, more advanced technology, and better fuel economy as part of the package.

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