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  • 2015 Year-End SUV Sales –CR-V Tops Yearly Total, Explorer Takes Midsize Crown

2015 Year-End SUV Sales –CR-V Tops Yearly Total, Explorer Takes Midsize Crown

The Year of Crossovers

Jan 5, 2016
If there’s any doubt that crossovers are completely dominating the SUV and overall automotive market for that matter, the 2015 sales totals drive a stake in the heart of crossover skepticism. The Honda CR-V came within a mere 10,000 units of matching the Accord for total annual sales, and 2015 total sales of the Ford Escape surpassed the Fusion midsize sedan by 6,000 units, making it the second-best selling Ford product after the F-Series.
It was a similar scenario at Nissan, where the Rogue’s annual total of 287,190 was surpassed only by the Altima sedan. The Toyota RAV4 is Third Place behind the Camry and Corolla. However, it out-sold the Tacoma and Tundra combined. Many are expecting compact crossover models to become the best-selling segment in the automotive market in the years ahead. Below are the 2015 totals.
1) Honda CR-V – December - 31,185, Down 3.7 Percent, 2015 Total – 345,647, Up 3.2 Percent
The RAV4 may have taken the crown for December, but the CR-V ended the year with a nearly 30,000 unit margin of victory over its arch rival. However, in the last few months, the RAV4 has shown surprising strength, so 2016 could shake up to be quite the horse race between Honda and Toyota.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Honda CR V Front Three Quarter View 3
2) Toyota RAV4 – December - 31,866, Up 38.6 Percent, 2015 Total – 315,412, Up 17.8 Percent
The RAV4 posted a robust December performance, with sales up 38.6 percent. Likewise, its 2015 total of 315,412 was up 17.8 percent over 2014. Sales for 2016 are poised to be better yet with the introduction of the hybrid model.
Photo 3/11   |   2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited Front Three Quarter 03
3) Ford Escape – December - 27,954, Up 9.2 Percent, 2015 Total – 306,492 Up 0.1 Percent
The Toyota RAV4 seems to have permanently relegated the Escape the Number Three for the time being, but it’s still Ford’s best-selling SUV. The 2016 model received the new QNX-based Sync 3 interface, bringing a much snappier, responsive, and intuitive user experience. A more comprehensive update is due for 2017, with updated powertrains, styling, and technology.
Photo 4/11   |   2015 Ford Escape Front End
4) Nissan Rogue – December - 26,479, Up 78 Percent, 2015 Total – 287,190, Up 44.2 Percent
The Rogue has been the crossover to watch in 2015, successively breaking sales records month to month. December sales were up a phenomenal 78 percent, with annual sales up a no-less-impressive 44.2 percent. The Rogue is within striking distance of the Escape. Can it claw its way into Third Place for 2016?
Photo 5/11   |   2014 Nissan Rogue Front Three Quarters
5) Chevrolet Equinox – December - 21,827, Up 2.5 Percent, 2015 Total – 277,589, Up 14.6 Percent
Ahead of an expected major redesign for 2017, the Equinox continues to sell strongly. The 2016 model brings a nip and tuck to the model, and a few updates. The next-generation model is expected to be slightly smaller than the current model and go to an all four-cylinder engine lineup.
Photo 6/11   |   2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front Three Quarters
6) Ford Explorer – December - 18,892, Up 13.6 Percent, 2015 Total – 224,309, Up 18.5 Percent
The Explorer finished both December and 2015 up double digits. The handsome Range Rover-esque redesign for 2016 brings a new level of style and sophistication to the three-row midsizer. The redesign also saw the 2.0L EcoBoost mercifully replaced by a 2.3L engine, which makes a respectable 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, ensuring that driving the I-4 model doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.
Photo 7/11   |   2016 Ford Explorer Front Three Quarters
7) Jeep Cherokee – December - 24,049, Up 36 Percent, 2015 Total – 220,260, Up 23 Percent
The Cherokee has been an unqualified success for the Jeep brand since its introduction and is consistently its best-selling model month in and month out. December sales were up 36 percent, and 2015 sales up 23 percent.
Photo 8/11   |   2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Front Three Quarter 03
8) Jeep Wrangler – December - 15,591, Up 11 Percent, 2015 Total – 202,702, Up 16 Percent
The Wrangler holds the distinction of being the only body-on-frame SUV on the top 10 list, a position it’s held for a long time. The Wrangler’s go-anywhere capability and unique, timeless styling have continued to endear it to buyers, despite its sacrifices in refinement, on-road ride quality and handling, and fuel economy.
Photo 9/11   |   2015 Jee Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition Front Three Quarters 02
9) Jeep Grand Cherokee – December - 21,008, Up 22 Percent, 2015 Total – 195,958, Up 7 Percent
The Grand Cherokee pulled ahead of the Explorer for December once again, but it couldn’t close the overall gap for the year. The Grand Cherokee offers a broad array of trims, powertrains and price levels to meet the needs of nearly any two-row SUV buyer.
Photo 10/11   |   2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Front Three Quarter
10) Subaru Forester – December – 16,797, Up 10.8 Percent, 2015 Total – 175,192, Up 9.5 Percent
The Forester has been Subaru’s big money maker for most of the past two years, and its performance in December and all of 2015 secures its status. Only the wagon-like Outback comes close to the Forester’s importance to Subaru. For those looking for a solid, reliable crossover that’s a unique alternative to the RAV4, CR-V, or Escape, the Forester is a good choice.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Subaru Forester Front Side View