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  • May 2016 SUV Sales –RAV4 On Top, Escape Leads CR-V

May 2016 SUV Sales –RAV4 On Top, Escape Leads CR-V

It’s a RAV’s World

Jun 1, 2016
May’s SUV sales results are dominated by C-segment crossovers, as they have been for the last several years. That trend shows no signs of abating, and the usual top five are present and accounted for, although a few have swapped places on the sales chart. The Toyota RAV4 once again takes the podium. However, the Honda CR-V cedes Second Place to the Ford Escape this month. Further down the list, the best-selling Jeep for the month was the Wrangler, bucking the trend of the Cherokee being the brand’s best-selling model for most of the year so far.
In terms of the SUV sales trend, five models were up for the month, and five were down, reflecting the overall mixed picture for auto sales industry-wide.
1) Toyota RAV4 – 32,261, Up 12 Percent
The RAV4 continues its domination of the SUV market with a blockbuster May. The addition of a hybrid model has added to the model’s broad appeal.
Photo 2/11   |   2016 Toyota RAV4 SE Front Three Quarter 06
2) Ford Escape – 30,861, Up 5.5 Percent
After trailing the Honda CR-V for many months, the Escape finally pulled ahead once again for May. A redesigned model for 2017, on sale now at dealers, will probably help give sales a boost going into the summer and fall.
Photo 3/11   |   2017 Ford Escape Left Front Angle
3) Honda CR-V – 29,359, Down 8.5 Percent
The CR-V may have slipped to Third Place this month, but it’s still a force to be reckoned with in the crossover market. Unlike the Escape and RAV4, the CR-V is only offered with one powertrain option. However, it is available with a choice of front or all-wheel drive, as is typical for the segment.
Photo 4/11   |   2016 Honda CR V Front Three Quarters 05
4) Nissan Rogue – 27,428, Up 5.9 Percent
The Rogue continues its strong performance in May. Although the percentage gains might not be as robust in months past, it is still one of the most significant models in Nissan’s lineup from a sales standpoint.
Photo 5/11   |   2016 Nissan Rogue Front Three Quarter
5) Chevrolet Equinox – 21,252, Down 27.9 Percent
At one time a top-three regular, the Equinox has dropped a few notches on the chart. However, it remains Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV by a long shot and the brand’s third best-selling model overall behind the Silverado and Malibu.
Photo 6/11   |   2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front Three Quarter 02
6) Jeep Wrangler – 19,551, Down 12 Percent
The Wrangler is once again Jeep’s best-selling model, knocking its little brother Cherokee down the list by one place. Jeep enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the next-generation JL Wrangler, due as a 2018 model and expected to offer up to three engine options.
Photo 7/11   |   2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition Front Three Quarter 02
7) Jeep Cherokee – 19,208, Down 2 Percent
The Cherokee cedes its “best-selling” title for the month to the Wrangler. However, the Cherokee plays in the all-important compact/midsize crossover segment, which has a much broader overall appeal than the purpose-built Wrangler. Expect the Cherokee to reclaim its title in the months ahead.
Photo 8/11   |   2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited Front Three Quarter 03
8) Jeep Grand Cherokee – 18,856, Up 4 Percent
The Grand Cherokee came out a few units ahead of its archrival Ford Explorer. Although some would argue the Dodge Durango is more directly comparable to the three-row Explorer, the Grand Cherokee and Explorer are inevitably compared because of the similar sales numbers.
Photo 9/11   |   2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition Front Three Quarters
9) Ford Explorer – 18,813, Down 4.8 Percent
The Explorer falls just a few hundred unit sales behind the Grand Cherokee for May and had a modest year-over-year decline for the month. However, it remains an important part of Ford’s SUV strategy, being the second best-selling SUV after the Escape.
Photo 10/11   |   2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Front Angle
10) Subaru Forester – 15,309, Up 1.0 Percent
The Forester once again tops Subaru’s best-seller list and also rounds out our Top 10 list this month. The Forester’s combination of performance, versatility, and reputation has proven to be a winning formula.
Photo 11/11   |   2015 Subaru Forester Front Side View