Though still in the top three bestselling SUVs, the Honda CR-V is yet again ousted by the Nissan Rogue for the second month in a row. The Rogue, bolstered by a healthy sales boost, is the SUV segment’s bestseller yet again. News was generally good throughout the SUV world, although a few stalwarts took sales hits. Hey, we can’t all be winners.
Nissan Rogue – 39,512, up 43 percent
A massive 43 percent surge compared to the same month last year propelled the Nissan Rogue
to its best-ever March sales. Accounting for about a quarter of the company’s overall March sales, the Rogue outsold every other nameplate Nissan manufactures, including the popular Altima midsize sedan. Credit where it’s due: The Rogue is a composed, comfortable, efficient, and budget-friendly family SUV.
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Honda CR-V – 32,872, up 23 percent
Long the industry standard for sales, the Honda CR-V
ate the Rogue’s dust during March 2017. Still, thanks to its smart new design, tech-heavy interior, powerful turbocharged engine, and a long list of active safety features, the CR-V saw a 23 percent sales increase compared to last year, helping Honda Division trucks achieve their best-ever March sales.
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Toyota RAV4 – 32,027, up 10 percent
The third-best player in the hot compact SUV segment was the Toyota RAV4. One of the first crossovers available with a hybrid powertrain, the Toyota RAV4 also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, including forward collision alert, radar-based cruise control, and lane departure warning. That, plus its youthful styling, keep it in the hunt with many crossover shoppers.
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Ford Escape – 28,113, down 1 percent
Contributing to an overall Ford Motor Company sales tumble of 7 percent compared to last March, Escape sales slowed 1 percent this month. The Escape was restyled for the 2017 model year to help it fit in better with other Ford cars and crossovers, and it remains a pleasant, competitive crossover.
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Chevrolet Equinox – 22,671, up 5.5 percent
Chevrolet’s bestselling passenger car was the Equinox, with sales that beat even the Cruze and Malibu sedans. And with a new model coming later this year (and available with a diesel no less), the Equinox should likely maintain its excellent sales for the foreseeable future.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee – 20,374, up 22 percent
Jeep’s bestseller is a perennial favorite around the Truck Trend offices. The Grand Cherokee saw a healthy 22 percent sales increase compared to March 2016, even though the SUV itself is one of the oldest designs on the market. Introduced as a 2011 model, the Grand was updated for 2014 and again for 2017
, helping it maintain relevance. And its wide trim level spread helps it compete effectively against Kias and Toyotas at the bottom end and BMWs and Land Rovers at the top end.
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Ford Explorer – 20,232, down 6 percent
We’ve got it on good authority that a new Ford Explorer is coming for 2019, but until then, expect the current SUV to soldier on. As the bestselling three-row SUV on this list (we’re ignoring the Rogue and its kids-only way-back seats), the Explorer retains its impressive family-SUV status, a trait it’s owned since it debuted nearly three decades ago.
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Toyota Highlander – 18,058, up 21 percent
Toyota dealers must be pushing the recently updated Highlander hard, as it remains on this list after months of formerly midpack sales. Its improved powertrain and moderate restyling probably help attract customers to the Highlander, which is also available as a hybrid.
| 2017 Toyota Highlander SE AWD Side In Motion
Jeep Wrangler – 16,336, down 7 percent
The Jeep Wrangler is a usual suspect on the list of bestselling SUVs, and despite its aged platform, it’s a popular choice with customers. Its rugged image permeates the lineup, and even base models perform well off-road thanks to their standard four-wheel drive, low-range transfercase, and tough platform. It’s also loads of fun to drive on a nice day with the top stowed and the windows down.
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Subaru Outback – 15,909, up 13 percent
The Subaru Outback returns to our Top 10 list thanks to an impressive March 2017 sales surge. The Outback used to tread the wagon/crossover line pretty carefully, but its current iteration stands 66.1 inches off the ground, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Those numbers could embarrass lots of more conventional crossovers. The Outback’s more upright brother, the Forester
, takes the eleventh spot on the list of bestselling SUVs at 15,803, propelling Subaru to its best-ever March sales.
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