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December 2016 and 2016 Overall Top Ten SUV Sales

Upsets in December Leave 2016 Overall Charts Untouched

Jan 4, 2017
December 2016 SUV sales saw a few upsets, particularly the surprising surge of the Nissan Rogue to the number-one sales spot for the month. Additionally, for the second month running, the Toyota Highlander outsold all of its competitive set, including the usually secure Ford Explorer. However, those surprises weren’t enough to upend the normal pecking order for the year overall, with each SUV falling close to its normal position in terms of Top-10 sales. That list can be found at the bottom of this article.

Nissan Rogue, December 2016: 40,477

The top-selling SUV for the month of December 2016 was, surprisingly, the Nissan Rogue. Long a bronze finisher in the compact-SUV sales race, the Rogue experienced a tidy little surge at the end of 2016, which could have been due to a fun advertising tie-in with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Honda CR-V, December 2016: 37,778

Finishing second in the last month of 2016 was the Honda CR-V. Redesigned for 2017, the new Honda CR-V hit dealers at the end of the year, featuring a 1.5L turbocharged I-4 in all models but the base LX. The advanced powertrain and long list of standard features may have driven a number of the CR-V’s sales last month.
Photo 2/11   |   2017 Honda Cr V Touring Front Quarter 10

Toyota RAV4, December 2016: 37,214

As the industry’s first compact crossover SUV, it’s no surprise the Toyota RAV4 enjoyed healthy sales in December 2016. The available hybrid powertrain and exuberant styling drive many to Toyota dealers, as does the RAV4’s impressive reliability record.
Photo 3/11   |   2016 Toyota RAV4 SE Front Three Quarter In Motion 02 4 E1477595602992

Chevrolet Equinox, December 2016: 27,195

Outselling its crosstown rival, the Ford Escape, Chevrolet should be pleased with the Equinox’s strong sales in December 2016. With an all-new Equinox (and available diesel powertrain) on the way for 2018, the Equinox’s sales success should easily continue, although whether it will outsell the Escape month after month is a bit of a question mark.
Photo 4/11   |   2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ MT Homepage

Ford Escape, December 2016: 25,788

In a slight fall from grace, the Ford Escape’s sales fell to midpack last month, moving fewer vehicles than in December 2015. With a nip-tuck update for 2017 and the Escape’s traditional blend of in-car technology and sophisticated powertrains, we’d expect this little downward trend to reverse soon.
Photo 5/11   |   2017 Ford Escape Titanium 20 EcoBoost Front Three Quarter In Motion E1477679744779

Toyota Highlander, December 2016: 25,425

Once again, Toyota’s midsize family SUV makes an appearance on the monthly Top-10 sales lists. Updated for the 2017 model year, the Highlander features a more sophisticated powertrain, facelifted styling, and the same value and reliability it’s always offered. Outselling the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Jeep Grand Cherokee in December 2016, the Highlander is now the bestselling midsize SUV two months running.
Photo 6/11   |   2017 Toyota Highlander SE AWD Side In Motion

Jeep Grand Cherokee, December 2016: 23,250

It was a strong December for Jeep’s largest SUV offering. The Grand Cherokee outsold each of its brand-mates and a good number of other SUVs, giving it improved sales year over year. The stalwart, consistent showroom performance of the Grand Cherokee makes it one of Jeep’s most important models, which is why the company applied only slight refinements to it for the 2017 model year, offering more standard features and heralding the return of the off-road Trailhawk model.
Photo 7/11   |   2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Front Three Quarter 04 E1458585838780

Ford Explorer, December 2016: 19,030

One of the industry’s bestselling SUVs, the Ford Explorer took a backseat to its longtime rivals the Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand Cherokee. With updates on the horizon for the midsize crossover SUV, don’t expect to keep the Explorer down for long.
Photo 8/11   |   2017 Ford Explorer Xlt Sport Right Side Driving

Subaru Forester, December 2016: 18,015

Subaru’s hotselling crossover has never been a serious sales rival for the other compact SUVs in its competitive set, but loyalists love the brand, trading in their older models for new Foresters. The current-generation model enjoys a choice of naturally aspirated or turbocharged models, both hitched to CVT transmissions and running Subaru’s trademark all-wheel drive.
Photo 9/11   |   2016 Subaru Forester 25i Limited Front Three Quarter Turn

Jeep Cherokee, December 2016: 16,380

The controversially styled Jeep Cherokee suffers little for its unusual looks, as it’s consistently one of the brand’s bestselling models. The compact/midsize crossover also enjoys significantly better off-road performance than its peers, thanks to the available Trailhawk’s aggressive tires, lifted suspension, and sophisticated traction aids.
Photo 10/11   |   2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Front Three Quarter Turn E1469549922807

Jeep Wrangler, December 2016: 15,721

Although not a Top-10 seller for December 2016, we give an honorable nod to the Jeep Wrangler because of its steady sales through most of the rest of the year. Due to be replaced sometime in 2017 with a 2018 model, the Jeep Wrangler JK is still a great seller for the brand.
Photo 11/11   |   2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock
With December 2016 SUV sales fleshed out in detail, we took a look at the top-selling SUVs for the entire year. Once again, the Honda CR-V took top honors, with the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue following close behind.

Honda CR-V: 357,335
Toyota RAV4: 352,154
Nissan Rogue: 329,904
Ford Escape: 307,069
Chevrolet Equinox: 242,195
Ford Explorer: 216,294
Jeep Grand Cherokee: 212,273
Jeep Cherokee: 199,736
Jeep Wrangler: 191,774
Toyota Highlander: 191,379
Subaru Forester: 178,593

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