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September Body-on-Frame SUV Sales: Evergreen Segment Still Thriving

Wrangler, GM Fullsize SUVs See Increase

Oct 2, 2015
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 Percent

The 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.
Photo 2/11   |   2016 Jeep Wrangler Front Three Quarter

Toyota 4Runner – 7,506, Up 33 Percent

The 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.
Photo 3/11   |   2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited Front End

Chevrolet Tahoe – 6,119, Up 8 Percent

The 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.
Photo 4/11   |   2015 Chevy Tahoe

GMC Yukon – 3,963, Up 23 Percent

Take 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.
Photo 5/11   |   2015 GMC Yukon Denali Front Three Quarter

Chevrolet Suburban – 3,521, Down 8 Percent

The 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.
Photo 6/11   |   2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ Rear Three Quarter

Ford Expedition/Expedition EL – 3,489, Down 3 Percent

Ford 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.
Photo 7/11   |   2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch EL Side Profile

GMC Yukon XL – 3,027, Up 40 Percent

The 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.
Photo 8/11   |   2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali Front Three Quarter In Motion 02

Cadillac Escalade – 1,628, Down 29 Percent

The 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.
Photo 9/11   |   2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Side In Motion

Lexus GX – 1,611, Up 2.6 Percent

The 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.
Photo 10/11   |   2014 Lexus Gx460 Front Three Quarters

Cadillac Escalade ESV – 1,181, Down 4 Percent

The 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.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Front Three Quarter 02
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.

Toyota Sequoia – 1,144, Up 34 Percent

Lincoln Navigator/Lincoln Navigator L – 1,082, Up 7 Percent

Infiniti QX80 – 1,044, Up 26 Percent

Nissan Armada – 841, Up 25 Percent

Nissan Xterra – 766, Down 31 Percent

Mercedes-Benz G-Class – 209, Up 3.5 Percent

Lexus LX – 172, Down 36 Percent

Toyota Land Cruiser – 120, Down 51 Percent

Toyota FJ Cruiser – 1, Down 99.9 Percent

Land Rover LR4 – No Data Available

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