July 2015 Traditional SUV Sales: Family, Trail, or Trailer
For large families with large toys, nothing beats a body-on-frame SUV. Likewise, there’s no arguing with the construction method’s advantages in off-road ruggedness and versatility. For traditionalists, there’s no substitute, so in addition to this month’s overall SUV sales, we’ve broken down the most popular body-on-frame SUVs on the market today.
Jeep Wrangler – 19,320, Up 18 PercentThe Jeep Wrangler is the only body-on-frame SUV to regularly break into the Top 10 overall SUV sales lists. Its resume is so legendary we don’t even need to tell you about it. The Wrangler is one of the last off-road–centric SUVs on the market today, prioritizing trail proficiency over highway comfort. Even so, modern Wranglers are more competent on the beaten path than ever.
Toyota 4Runner – 8,383, Up 26 PercentThe Toyota 4Runner takes Second Place on this list. Like the Wrangler, the 4Runner is very adept off-road, but its four-door, fixed-roof design and spacious interior make it a reasonably sized family SUV–alternative to unibody crossovers, especially if your family prioritizes camping, fishing, and hiking over the shopping mall or football camp.
Chevrolet Tahoe – 8,297, Down 23 PercentChevrolet’s Tahoe is better than ever. With its 2015 redesign, the Bow Tie made the Tahoe more spacious, practical, and luxurious than it’s ever been. Even in lower trims, the Tahoe is well equipped and stylish, and for the first time ever, the Tahoe shares virtually no body parts with its Silverado pickup cousin.
Chevrolet Suburban – 4,309, Down 17 PercentLike the Tahoe, the Chevrolet Suburban is better than ever. Long the standard in large-family mobility, the Suburban seats up to nine passengers in reasonable comfort, and its capacious cargo bay makes it easier to fit a week’s worth of family groceries in the back. Sales for the Suburban (and most other fullsize SUVs) are down this month, but have no fear, it’s still the de rigeur family SUV.
GMC Yukon – 3,551, Down 14 PercentThe short-wheelbase GMC Yukon impresses with its tasteful exterior styling, luxurious interior, and V-8 power, especially in top-spec Denali trim. GMC says that one half of all its vehicles are sold with the chrome-heavy Denali package, and the Yukon was the first-ever GMC vehicle to get the treatment. And the original is still the best, in this author’s opinion.
Ford Expedition – 2,370, Down 38 PercentFord doesn’t break down Expedition sales by short- and long-wheelbase models (Expedition and Expedition EL, respectively), but either way, the 3.5L EcoBoost–powered family truckster is in some sales trouble. However, with its independent rear suspension, it offers substantially more cargo and third-row space than even the newest Suburban/Yukon XL variants. It needs a bit more interior refinement, but it’s quite simply the most spacious SUV on the market today.
Lexus GX460 – 2,337, Up 20 PercentIf someone asked you to name all the current-production Lexuses (Lexi?), we bet you’d miss one: the GX SUV. However, this Toyota Prado–based SUV is one of the best luxury SUVs on the market, offering tons of interior quality, reliability, and capability in a polarizingly designed package. If we have one complaint about the GX, it’s lodged at the third-row seats, which fold up against the bodysides, where they take up too much space.
GMC Yukon XL – 2,299, Down 43 PercentAs with the Yukon, the long-wheelbase GMC Yukon XL comes into its own when trimmed as an Escalade-rivaling Denali. Acres of satin-chrome exterior accents, a well-trimmed interior, and all the electronic driving aids and infotainment features you could ever want come along for the ride in the Denali. However, even basic Yukon XLs get refined styling and pleasant driving manners.
Cadillac Escalade – 1,669, Down 32 PercentThe Cadillac Escalade was once the obvious choice for well-heeled families, executives, and Hollywood stars alike. With its total redesign for 2015, the newly refined Caddy is seeing a return to grace. The new Escalade is more graceful, less in-your-face, and more efficient than ever before, and although sales have slipped compared to last year, it will no doubt continue to be one of Cadillac’s most recognizable halo vehicles.
Cadillac Escalade ESV – 1,261, Down 12 PercentAs with its short-wheelbase brother, the Cadillac Escalade ESV was totally redesigned for 2015, bringing a more efficient powertrain, sleeker styling, greater interior comfort, and more electronic driver’s aids and entertainment options.
Below is the list of the remaining body-on-frame SUVs currently for sale, for your reference.