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  • July 2015 Traditional SUV Sales: Family, Trail, or Trailer

July 2015 Traditional SUV Sales: Family, Trail, or Trailer

Aug 4, 2015
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 Percent

The 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.
Photo 2/18   |   2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Three Quarters Above

Toyota 4Runner – 8,383, Up 26 Percent

The 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.
Photo 3/18   |   2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited Front Three Quarter In Motion 01

Chevrolet Tahoe – 8,297, Down 23 Percent

Chevrolet’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.
Photo 4/18   |   2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Front Three Quarter

Chevrolet Suburban – 4,309, Down 17 Percent

Like 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.
Photo 5/18   |   2015 Chevrolet Suburban Front Three Quarter

GMC Yukon – 3,551, Down 14 Percent

The 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.
Photo 6/18   |   2016 GMC Yukon Denali Front Three Quarter In Motion

Ford Expedition – 2,370, Down 38 Percent

Ford 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.
Photo 7/18   |   2015 Ford Expedition Front Three Quarters 06

Lexus GX460 – 2,337, Up 20 Percent

If 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.
Photo 8/18   |   2016 Lexus GX 460 Front Three Quarter In Motion

GMC Yukon XL – 2,299, Down 43 Percent

As 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.
Photo 9/18   |   2016 GMC Yukon XL Front Three Quarter 02

Cadillac Escalade – 1,669, Down 32 Percent

The 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.
Photo 10/18   |   2015 Cadillac Escalade Side Profile

Cadillac Escalade ESV – 1,261, Down 12 Percent

As 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.
Photo 11/18   |   2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Front Three Quarter 02
Below is the list of the remaining body-on-frame SUVs currently for sale, for your reference.

Nissan Xterra – 1,196, Up 12 Percent

Infiniti QX80 – 1,076, Up 13 Percent

Toyota Sequoia – 1,015, Up 5 Percent

Nissan Armada – 878, Down 7 Percent

Lincoln Navigator – 785, Up 24 Percent

Lexus LX570 – 219, Down 12 Percent

Toyota Land Cruiser – 182, Down 15 Percent

Toyota FJ Cruiser (Discontinued in 2014) – 3, Down 99.8 Percent

Photo 12/18   |   2015 Infiniti QX80 Side Profile 02