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May 2015 SUV Sales – Equinox Tops Escape, Wrangler Best-Selling Jeep

May Upsets the Traditional Pecking Order

Jun 3, 2015
The Honda CR-V retains its position at the top of the May SUV sales chart. However, further down the list, there are a few upsets. The Chevrolet Equinox eked out a small lead over the Ford Escape, with a strong 29.8 percent gain over last year. May was also a very good month for the RAV4, Highlander, and Rogue, all with double-digit gains. After several months leading the brand’s sales charts, the Jeep Cherokee finally concedes the lead to the Wrangler, up 16 percent for the month.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View 3
1) Honda CR-V – 32,090, Down 1.0 Percent
The CR-V is once again the best-selling SUV in the U.S. but was down slightly for May. The 2015 model received a substantial refresh, which included a new direct-injected engine, CVT transmission, and improved safety.
Photo 3/11   |   2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ With Sunlight
2) Chevrolet Equinox – 29,456, Up 29.8 Percent
The Equinox took a slight lead over the Ford Escape, which has traditionally held the Number Two sales spot. The refresh coming for the 2016 model, which includes OnStar 4G LTE, will likely keep its popularity up with buyers.
Photo 4/11   |   2015 Ford Escape Front End
3) Ford Escape – 29,248, Down 8.3 Percent
Down but far from out, the Escape is Number Three this month but is still a major fixture in the SUV marketplace. New for the 2013 model year, the Escape is due for an update in 2016, which will include Ford’s new Sync 3 multimedia interface.
Photo 5/11   |   2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Front Three Quarter 04
4) Toyota RAV4 – 28,808, Up 22.8 Percent
The RAV4 had a solid May performance, with sales up 22.8 percent. A hybrid model coming for 2016 may help boost incremental sales even further.
Photo 6/11   |   2014 Nissan Rogue Front Three Quarters
5) Nissan Rogue – 25,901, Up 38.3 Percent
The Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling SUV by a long shot, and the brand’s second-best-selling model after the Altima midsize sedan. The value-oriented Rogue Select, based on the last-generation model, offers price-conscious shoppers a lower-cost option.
Photo 7/11   |   2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition Front Three Quarter
6) Jeep Wrangler – 22,324, Up 16 Percent
After several months of the new Cherokee leading the Jeep sales charts, the Wrangler once again takes the top spot, up a solid 16 percent. A new model is expected in the next few years but has reportedly been slightly delayed.
Photo 8/11   |   2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Front Angle
7) Ford Explorer – 19,755, Down 2.9 Percent
The refreshed 2016 Explorer is beginning to hit dealerships, and with worthwhile updates like a larger, more powerful I-4 EcoBoost engine and new range-topping Platinum model, there’s truly a trim for every need and budget.
Photo 9/11   |   2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter
8) Jeep Cherokee – 19,669, Up 23 Percent
The Cherokee conceded its title as the best-selling Jeep to the Wrangler for May but still posted an excellent 23 percent gain for the month. Transmission calibration issues for the nine-speed automatic seem to have been largely resolved for the Cherokee but are now becoming an issue on the Renegade.
Photo 10/11   |   2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter
9) Jeep Grand Cherokee – 18,209, Up 1 Percent
The Grand Cherokee was up a scant 1 percent in May but continues to be an important product for the brand, attracting wealthier customers with such premium trims as the Summit and the hot-rod SRT model.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Toyota Highlander Passenger Front Three Quarters
10) Toyota Highlander – 15,432, Up 25.2 Percent
Toyota’s three-row midsizer rounds out our Top 10 list this month, narrowly edging out the Subaru Forester, which saw a 7.2 percent gain for the month.

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