September Body-on-Frame SUV Sales: Evergreen Segment Still Thriving
Wrangler, GM Fullsize SUVs See Increase
Body-on-frame SUVs are largely being replaced in the market by more efficient, spacious unibody crossovers, but there will still always be a place in our hearts and garages for off-road–friendly, tow-happy, kid-inviting family cars. Listed below are the sales numbers for all body-on-frame SUVs available today.
Jeep Wrangler – 17,583, Up 26 PercentThe Jeep Wrangler is the only body-on-frame SUV to break into the Top 10 overall SUV sales charts on a regular basis, thanks to its fun-to-drive nature, reasonable cost of entry at the low end, and legend status. We love almost every Wrangler we drive, as even low-spec models have tons of capability and character that overshadow their flaws.
Toyota 4Runner – 7,506, Up 33 PercentThe Toyota 4Runner is one of the cheapest traditional SUVs available with a third-row seat, and it can also be had with a variety of off-road packages (including TRD Pro), which give it trail capability akin to what you’d expect from a Toyota. Although its efficiency leaves something to be desired, it might be a good match for an adventurous individual or family.
Chevrolet Tahoe – 6,119, Up 8 PercentThe Chevrolet Tahoe is the de rigeur SUV for suburban families with three kids, a dog, and a boat. Sharing many parts with the Silverado 1500 pickup, it comes standard with a 5.3L V-8 and a towing capacity that outstrips even the most capable crossover. While profit shares have fallen precipitously since the 1990s and early 2000s, there will always be a market for this SUV.
GMC Yukon – 3,963, Up 23 PercentTake everything said about the Tahoe, add a bit more exterior chrome and nicer interior materials, and you have the GMC Yukon. Although unique styling sets the “professional grade” Yukon apart from its corporate sibling, it’s still much the same beast. Although the Yukon and Tahoe start at a similar price range, the Yukon can be optioned up much higher with the Denali package, which comprises a majority of Yukon sales.
Chevrolet Suburban – 3,521, Down 8 PercentThe original fullsize SUV is losing some market share compared to its short-wheelbase Tahoe brother, but it’s still one of the most spacious vehicles on the market, making it popular with limousine and charter companies and large families. Redesigned for 2015, it is the bestselling extended-length fullsize SUV on the market.
Ford Expedition/Expedition EL – 3,489, Down 3 PercentFord continues to trail GM in fullsize SUV sales, but that could change with the advent of the lighter-weight 2018 Expedition. Until then, the company will soldier on with the current Expedition, newly updated with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The long-wheelbase Expedition EL is the most spacious vehicle on the market thanks to its independent rear suspension (shared with the standard Expedition), which carves out generous third-row legroom and a low cargo floor.
GMC Yukon XL – 3,027, Up 40 PercentThe long-wheelbase version of the GMC Yukon saw a massive sales jump this month compared to the same time last year. Much of the credit rests with the Denali package, which delivers 90 percent of the Cadillac Escalade’s cachet at a price that’s about $10,000 lower. Denalis account for most of GMC’s sales across the lineup.
Cadillac Escalade – 1,628, Down 29 PercentThe short-wheelbase Escalade is also the best Escalade ever, with a refined, stylish exterior and luxurious interior. It’s also surprisingly efficient, matching the fuel economy of some smaller SUVs thanks to its direct-injected 6.2L V-8 with cylinder deactivation. It will tow up to 8,600 pounds, properly equipped.
Lexus GX – 1,611, Up 2.6 PercentThe Lexus GX is definitely a niche seller, selling at a rate that’s a fraction of its RX little bro. It also struggles to keep up with the BMW X5, Acura MDX, and Mercedes-Benz ML. But those vehicles don’t offer the towing capacity or off-road capability the Lexus does, and it sells more than many of its corporate cousins.
Cadillac Escalade ESV – 1,181, Down 4 PercentThe long-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade ESV combines the best features of the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade to comprise the most expensive SUV General Motors has ever sold. With prices that flirt with $100,000, the ESV is simply the largest, most luxurious SUV on the market today. Our only complaint about it (and all of GM’s fullsize SUVs) is the extremely high cargo floor.
Here are the rest of the body-on frame SUVs’ sales numbers. Curiously, some Toyota dealer somewhere still had a brand-new FJ Cruiser it wanted to sell.