Consumers are clamoring for crossovers, if April 2017’s sales numbers are any indication. Although overall new-vehicle sales were down slightly last month, crossovers and SUVs generally enjoyed impressive showroom performance compared to April 2016, overcoming the challenge of one fewer selling day this year. Predictably, most of last month’s best sellers were body-on-frame crossovers, though one rugged SUV retains its place near the top.
Honda CR-V – 32,671, up 13 percent
After a few months of mere podium finishes, the Honda CR-V again became the best-selling crossover in April. Strong sales compared to last year prove consumers like the 2017 CR-V
’s new bodywork, powertrain, and safety features. And not only did it outsell its crossover competition last month, it was also the most popular Honda overall. Don’t expect Honda to allow the CR-V to lose its yearly best-seller status any time soon.
| 2017 Honda Cr V Touring Front Quarter 10
Toyota RAV4 – 31,757, up 9 percent
America’s first small crossover, the Toyota RAV4, is also one of its best. Boasting active safety features, an available hybrid powertrain, and plenty of passenger and cargo space, the RAV4 also upholds Toyota’s reputation for reliability. It was the company’s best-selling vehicle for the month of April, narrowly edging out the popular Camry midsize sedan.
| 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Front Three Quarter In Motion 02
Nissan Rogue – 27,386, up 18 percent
As with the RAV4 and CR-V, the Nissan Rogue was the company’s best-selling vehicle last month, with sales that absolutely destroyed the second-best Altima sedan. The Rogue’s popularity is based on its snappy styling, long list of standard and available features, and efficient powertrains (conventional gasoline or gas-electric hybrid, both with CVT transmissions).
| 2017 Nissan Rogue Sv Front Three Quarter 02
Ford Escape – 25,637, up 7 percent
The Ford Escape narrowly missed a podium finish last month, but its year-over-year sales are up for both the month of April and for 2017 so far. Ford crossover sales set an April-best record, motivated by the Escape, Expedition, and Edge.
| 2017 Ford Escape Titanium
Chevrolet Equinox – 20,655, up 0.2 percent
The Chevrolet Equinox, a rival for the Rogue, CR-V, RAV4, and cross-town Escape, enjoyed an ever-so-slight sales uptick last month. Expect that tick to expand once the new-for-2018 Equinox starts hitting dealers with improved styling, efficiency, and available diesel powertrain
. The latter should help the Equinox hit 40 mpg on the highway, making it the most efficient crossover available.
| 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ MT Homepage
Ford Explorer – 19,771, down 3 percent
In spite of strong sales for its Ford SUV brethren, the Explorer saw a slight sales decrease last month, motivated in part by the shorter selling month compared to April 2016. As the best-selling midsize SUV in America, Ford needn’t worry customers abandoning the Explorer; still, a redesigned version is coming for the 2019 model year, and it should help recapture any lost sales, however slight they may be.
| 2018 Ford Explorer Front Angle
Jeep Grand Cherokee – 18,877, up 6 percent
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, a genre-straddling nameplate that can play family transportation, luxury sedan, or off-road warrior equally well, saw improved sales this year compared to last. We like it for lots of reasons, particularly its efficient and torquey EcoDiesel powertrain
. It was mildly updated for 2017 with slight cosmetic changes and functional upgrades.
| 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition Front Three Quarters
Jeep Wrangler – 18,841, up 0 percent
The Wrangler held steady last month, with just one additional sale compared to April 2016. That’s great news for Jeep, which is marketing the same JK-generation Wrangler that’s been on the market since 2007. Clearly, its aging bones are no deterrent to customers who crave the Wrangler’s removable roof, off-road capability, and fun-loving personality.
| 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry Front Side View
Toyota Highlander – 17,981, up 24 percent
Toyota’s popular Highlander is enjoying a vast sales improvement in April compared to the same time last year. The smallish midsize crossover still offers seating for up to eight, and unlike some of its peers, it offers four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and gas-electric hybrid powertrains.
| 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD Front Three Quarter In Motion
Subaru Forester – 14,791, up 2 percent
The Subaru Forester narrowly outsold its Outback crossover sibling, both of which enjoyed record April sales. In fact, Subaru as a whole sold more vehicles last month than in any April previous, thanks to consistent improvements in its lineup of cars and crossovers. The Forester, in particular, features the choice of two different engines, two different transmissions, standard all-wheel drive, and surprisingly impressive fuel efficiency.
| 2017 Subaru Forester Driving