Best-Selling SUVs in America

Bestselling SUVsBest-Selling SUVs . . . So Far
The first quarter of 2016 is complete, and the sales numbers are still looking positive. Overall SUV and crossover sales are up 9.3 percent year over year, with March numbers contributing to that climb via an increase of 9.0 percent. More than one-third of the new vehicles sold in America during the first quarter of 2016 were SUVs. Jeep sold more SUVs than any other brand, led by the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet also saw plenty of success with their SUV lines. Here’s a look at the best-selling SUVs in America after the first three months of 2016, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

© General Motors20. GMC Terrain
YTD Sales: 23,958
Vs. 2015: -13.6%
The Terrain receives a number of upgrades for the 2016 model year; however, the updates have not resulted in a sales increase. With seating for five and some high-tech safety features, the Terrain comes in a variety of configurations up to the luxurious Terrain Denali. A number of engines are also available, including a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 putting out 301 horsepower.

© Kia Motors America19. Kia Sorento
YTD Sales: 24,693
Vs. 2015: -8.2%
Although Sorento sales show a decrease compared to the first quarter of 2015, this could be due to the tremendous sales jump the Sorento had last year when a new design came to market. With fresh exterior styling and an upscale interior, the 7-passenger Sorento is equipped with a number of advanced safety and entertainment features.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA18. Toyota 4Runner
YTD Sales: 25,571
Vs. 2015: 16.2%
As one of the few remaining truck-based SUVs on the market, the 4Runner has experienced a healthy sales increase so far this year, despite the rampant popularity of crossover SUVs. The 4Runner has a 270-horsepower V6 engine that can tow up to 5,000 pounds. For off-road adventurers, 4Runner boasts a number of high-tech features in addition to the full-time 4WD system, making it one of the most capable SUVs available today.

© FCA US LLC17. Dodge Journey
YTD Sales: 26,421
Vs. 2015: 10.2%
Recent monthly sales increases for the Journey are, quite frankly, a bit of a surprise. This crossover hasn’t changed much since it was introduced 2009, so FCA must be pretty happy about an increase of more than 10 percent vs. the first quarter of 2015. Journey offers seating for up to seven passengers and has an EPA rating of up to 26 mpg highway from its base 173-horsepower 4-cylinder engine; a 283-horse V6 is available.

© General Motors16. Chevrolet Traverse
YTD Sales: 26,919
Vs. 2015: -13.1%
Chevrolet’s Traverse is one of the larger crossovers on the market, offering seating for seven with plenty of cargo space. Sales were down slightly in March compared to 2015, but overall sales are in a steeper decline for the quarter. Traverse features a suite of high-tech safety features, and for 2016 this versatile SUV gets OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

© American Honda Motors15. Honda Pilot
YTD Sales: 28,726
Vs. 2015: -22.1%
The Honda Pilot is all new for the 2016 model year and had a huge sale increase in 2015. So the drop in sales for 2016 is somewhat misleading — the new Pilot is still selling at a higher level than the previous generation. Re-engineered from the ground up, the 2016 Pilot features fresh styling inside and out, a new 3.5-liter 280-horsepower V6 engine and the latest in high-tech safety equipment.

© FCA US14. Jeep Patriot
YTD Sales: 28,747
Vs. 2015: -3.2%
One of four Jeeps on this best-sellers list, the Patriot is the least expensive model in the Jeep lineup. Patriot experienced a 17 percent drop in sales for March vs. 2015, but overall sales are down slightly for the quarter. Jeep has simplified Patriot ordering for the 2016 model year with just two trims available. The 5-passenger crossover is available with a choice of engines as well as two different four-wheel-drive systems.

© Ford Motor Company13. Ford Edge
YTD Sales: 35,993
Vs. 2015: 53.1%
Sales of this 5-passenger crossover dropped dramatically in 2015 — perhaps in anticipation of a redesigned Edge coming to market. That said, the new model is now on sale and clearly well received with an impressive jump in sales for the quarter. Completely redesigned, the Edge is sold in more than 100 markets around the world. An array of high-tech features as well as a new body structure, fresh styling and new powerplants highlight what’s new about the Edge.

© Subaru of America12. Subaru Outback
YTD Sales: 37,271
Vs. 2015: 5.0%
Subaru has seen 52 consecutive months of month-over-month sales increases, and the first quarter of 2016 was the best quarter the company has ever had. Completely updated for the 2016 model year, the Outback has certainly done its part to increase the brand’s sales — in fact, this was the best March on record for Outback. Called the original crossover by Subaru fans, the Outback features full-time all-wheel drive as well as the Eyesight safety system.

© Subaru of America11. Subaru Forester
YTD Sales: 38,427
Vs. 2015: 2.1%
Forester is Subaru’s current best-seller; however, with a slight decline in sales in March vs. 2015, the Outback is catching up. The fourth-generation Forester was introduced a few years ago, and for 2016 it gets updated with Subaru’s Starlink safety and security features. Subaru’s signature all-wheel drive is standard and Forester offers a choice of two engines, including a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA10. Toyota Highlander
YTD Sales: 38,673
Vs. 2015: 9.4%
After sales remained flat from 2014 to 2015, Toyota’s 8-passenger crossover has seen a healthy increase in sales for the first quarter of 2016. With a roomy interior and a number of high-end features, the Highlander gets a towing package as standard equipment for the 2016 model year. Toyota introduced an updated 2017 Highlander at this year’s New York Auto Show — look for the new model to arrive in showrooms later this year.

© FCA US LLC9. Jeep Wrangler
YTD Sales: 41,741
Vs. 2015: -0.9%
There really isn’t anything else on the road quite like the Jeep Wrangler. The body-on-frame SUV is available with two or four doors and is one of the most capable off-road vehicles around. Wrangler continues to be available with a front and rear 5-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and a 6-speed manual transmission. For the ultimate outdoor experience, the Wrangler’s roof and doors can be removed — even the windshield can be folded down for that full-on bugs-in-your-teeth experience.

© FCA US LLC8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
YTD Sales: 47,050
Vs. 2015: 8.5%
Jeep recorded its best March sales ever this year. In fact, the Jeep brand has experienced record sales in every month since November 2013. The Grand Cherokee’s increase of more than 10 percent in March was the SUV’s best March in 11 years. Jeep hopes to continue this trend with the recent introduction of two new Grand Cherokee models at the New York Auto Show: the very capable Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the luxurious Grand Cherokee Summit.

© FCA US LLC7. Jeep Cherokee
YTD Sales: 49,534
Vs. 2015: 2.7%
The Cherokee had its best March sales on record, and as the brand’s best-seller it continues to help Jeep break sales records every month. Introduced in 2014 — 13 years after the original Cherokee was discontinued — this uniquely-styled crossover offers a comfortable interior with Jeep’s legendary off-road capability. A new Cherokee Overland has been introduced for the 2016 model year, offering a new level of luxury for this 5-passenger crossover.

© General Motors6. Chevrolet Equinox
YTD Sales: 59,879
Vs. 2015: -8.7%
One of just two Chevrolet models among the top 20 best-selling SUVs, the Equinox is holding its own in the very competitive compact SUV market, and has seen five years of record sales since the second generation launched in 2010. That said, sales have started to decline over the last few months compared to 2015, but that may also be a reflection of excellent sales last year. Equinox received a number of updates for the 2016 model year, including fresh styling and some new high-tech features.

© Ford Motor Company5. Ford Explorer
YTD Sales: 63,415
Vs. 2015: 8.0%
The Explorer may have had a slight sales decline at the beginning of 2016, but this family-sized SUV has been a fixture on the best-sellers list and has made an impressive comeback over the last few months. The revised 2016 model brings a freshened look, new features and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine good for 270 horsepower. Note: Explorer sales figures include sales of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.

© Nissan North America, Inc.4. Nissan Rogue
YTD Sales: 69,036
Vs. 2015: 7.1%
Nissan’s small crossover was redesigned more than a year ago, making its steady increase in sales even more impressive. Rogue finished 2015 with an increase of more than 40 percent over 2014 — and sales continue to climb. Rogue features a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode it has an EPA fuel economy rating as high as 33 mpg. Rogue is one of three Nissan SUVs on this 20 best-sellers list.

© American Honda3. Honda CR-V
YTD Sales: 71,188
Vs. 2015: -2.7%
After holding the top SUV sales spot last year, the CR-V has begun to experience some decline in 2016. Although it had a strong February, CR-V sales had a slight decline in March compared to 2015. The CR-V still offers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy, so we’ll keep an eye on sales as the year progresses.

© Ford Motor Company2. Ford Escape
YTD Sales: 71,594
Vs. 2015: 6.4%
This small 5-passenger crossover from Ford has seen some ups and downs in the last year, but ultimately the Escape still manages to be one of the best-selling SUVs in America. Healthy March sales have contributed to positive sales growth for the year so far. Available with the fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrain as well as innovative features such as a hands-free tailgate release, the Escape remains Ford’s best-selling SUV.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience1. Toyota RAV4
YTD Sales: 76,122
Vs. 2015: 13.6%
Toyota’s RAV4 crossover has experienced impressive sales figures over the last year, and with a redesigned model now arriving in showrooms it’s no surprise that this trend continues. The new RAV4 features edgier styling and is now available as a hybrid. All RAV4 Hybrids are 4WD — the gas engine combines with an electric motor to drive the front wheels, while an additional electric motor provides power to the rear wheels.

Data: Automaker sales releases, goodcarbadcar.net

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