Chart Of The Day: Compact Crossovers In July And Year-To-Date
Domestics rule the compact crossover segment this month, with the ageless Escape standing above the crowd (albeit without weighting for fleet sales). Again, Honda and Toyota show bigger drops than Nissan’s Rogue, reinforcing the perception that Nissan has done a remarkable job recovering from the tsunami. Intriguingly, Jeep’s Patriot is essentially flat year-over-year, while the Compass has bounced back on the strength of its redesign… but only to about the Patriot’s rate. Meanwhile, Hyundai has yet to find the disruptive success in this segment that it’s enjoying in the C- and D-sedan segments.
In Year-To-Date numbers, Escape still enjoys a strong lead while CR-V jumps to second and RAV4 beats the Rogue for fourth. Compass looks less strong over the year, and Hyundai is still being outsold by Kia. In more surprising news, Juke beat Mazda’s CX-7 and VW’s sluggish Tiguan, while the MINI Countryman outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander
The cool factor of those vehicles seems to be inversely related to their sales volume.
The escape sells because even if the design is older it's still a classic for this type of vehicle. In much the same way that the Panther platform was a classic for a full-size sedan.
One thing for sure, Ford does something right with the Escape. You can't deny the sales figures, month after month. What really gets me is how much the Compass sales have improved. When the Grand Cherokee face was applied to it, I wasn't a big fan, but apparently it agrees with someone...
The Equinox/Terrain are clearly head of the class in this segment. Kudos to Ford for sales numbers on a rather outdated product. Fleet?