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October 2015 SUV Sales – CR-V Leads, RAV4 Close Second

Compact Crossovers Continue Dominance

Nov 3, 2015
The top spots on the SUV sales chart were long a predictable two-way horse race between the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. While the CR-V continues to sit atop the chart, it’s no longer the Escape that’s the imminent threat, but a surprisingly strong showing by the Toyota RAV4. The Escape itself is now in fourth place, out-sold by a surprisingly strong Nissan Rogue. Such is the cutthroat nature of the segment, which shows that SUV sales, although not in the traditional truck-ish, body-on-frame form of the 1990s and 2000s, are stronger than ever.
The midsize entrants remain competitive, with the Ford Explorer showing a nearly 30 percent gain for the month and the redesigned Edge likewise showing a robust double-digit increase. The Jeep Cherokee continues to be the best-selling model for the brand, with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler also showing gains.
1) Honda CR-V – 29,032, Down 0.8 Percent
The Honda CR-V may be down slightly for October but remains the best-selling SUV in the country. However, Honda shouldn’t get complacent with the Toyota RAV4 gaining on it rapidly. Could an upset be in store later in 2016? We’ll have to wait and see.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View 9
2) Toyota RAV4 – 28,256, Up 31.3 Percent
The RAV4 has knocked off the CR-V’s traditional rival, the Ford Escape, and is within striking distance of first place. The addition of a hybrid model for 2016 may be just enough incremental sales to put Toyota over the top.
Photo 3/11   |   2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited Front Three Quarter 01
3) Nissan Rogue – 24,939, Up 69.8 Percent
The Rogue has been a strong competitor in this segment for several years but usually hung around mid-chart in fourth or fifth place. No more. The Rogue took out the traditionally strong Ford Escape, if only by a few hundred units. This is definitely one model to watch in this segment.
Photo 4/11   |   2014 Nissan Rogue Front Three Quarter Motion
4) Ford Escape – 24,719, Down 0.8 Percent
The Escape may be down, but it’s far from being out. Unlike Toyota and Honda’s “one-size fits all” strategy with the CR-V and RAV4 powertrains, Ford offers a choice of three different engines, two of them turbocharged, as well as multiple trim levels from basic to luxurious. For buyers looking for choice and options, the Escape continues to be popular.
Photo 5/11   |   2015 Ford Escape Front End
5) Chevrolet Equinox – 22,086, Up 25.5 Percent
The Equinox saw a strong performance in October, with sales up 25.5 percent for the month. Chevrolet’s aggressive new TV campaign seems to be paying off in consumer awareness of its new models and features. The Equinox received a facelift and update for 2016. An all-new model is expected in about a year.
Photo 6/11   |   2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
6) Ford Explorer – 18,748, Up 29.7 Percent
The Ford Explorer continues its reign as the best-selling midsize SUV. It just happens that the midsize segment itself is no longer the best-seller. The updated 2016 model brings more sophisticated styling reminiscent of Range Rover, as well as updated powertrains and plush, $50,000-plus trim levels.
Photo 7/11   |   2016 Ford Explorer Front Side View
7) Jeep Cherokee – 17,673, Up 12 Percent
The once-controversial Cherokee is now going solidly mainstream, with buyers resonating with its combination of avant-garde styling, off-road capability, and generous features. The Cherokee is available in everything from a 2WD suburban runabout to a genuinely off-road capable Trailhawk model.
Photo 8/11   |   2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter
8) Jeep Grand Cherokee – 16,050, Up 7 Percent
The Grand Cherokee continues to be the go-to choice for buyers looking for a midsize SUV with genuine off-road capability. Similar in size to the Ford Edge, the Grand Cherokee is equipped to venture where the Edge may fear to tread. How often that capability is utilized is another matter, but it’s there when you need it.
Photo 9/11   |   2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Front Three Quarter
9) Jeep Wrangler – 15,751, Up 15 Percent
The original SUV continues to allure buyers with its no-nonsense capability and functionality. The sacrifices in refinement and fuel economy are more than compensated for with epic off-road capability, making the Wrangler a great choice for the adventure minded.
Photo 10/11   |   2015 Jee Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition Front Three Quarters 02
10) Subaru Forester – 15,172, Up 17 Percent
Our list is rounded out by the somewhat niche Subaru Forester. Still proudly dancing to the beat of its boxer H-4, Subaru’s reputation for reliability and all-weather (if not rockcrawling) capability makes it a popular choice in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain states.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Subaru Forester Front Side View

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