America's 10 Best-Selling SUVs And Crossovers In January 2015

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
america s 10 best selling suvs and crossovers in january 2015

The Honda CR-V, soon to be the middle rung on Honda’s crossover ladder, was America’s best-selling SUV in January 2015.

This was the CR-V’s fifth consecutive month atop the SUV/CUV leaderboard. 2014 was the third consecutive year that the CR-V led the category on an annual basis.

• CR-V accounted for 26% of Honda brand sales

• Pilot sales nearly doubled, YOY

• Jeeps grab three top 10 spots for tenth time in eleven months

Perhaps of more interest than the CR-V’s position relative to its peers is its new-found dominance in Honda showrooms.

Although the CR-V didn’t outsell all non-pickup trucks in January as it did during the previous two months, the CR-V was Honda’s most popular model for the fourth consecutive month.

One month might be a fluke. Two months may simply require the alignment of stars. Three months indicates something. Four months might just be a trend.

RankSUV/CrossoverJanuary2015January2014% Change#1 Honda CR-V23,21118,23227.3%#2 Ford Escape20,05419,4593.1%#3 Toyota RAV419,82416,88017.4%#4 Chevrolet Equinox19,55514,54734.4%#5 Ford Explorer17,03612,81033.0%#6 Nissan Rogue15,64913,83113.1%#7 Jeep Cherokee15,15410,50544.3%#8 Jeep Grand Cherokee12,80612,2074.9%#9 Honda Pilot12,3156,22497.9%#10 Jeep Wrangler11,6839,55322.3%

Although all of America’s 15 best-selling SUVs and crossovers posted measurable year-over-year sales improvements in January 2015, the Ford Escape and Jeep Grand Cherokee stood out for their lack of double-digit expansion. The overall utility vehicle market was 19% stronger last month than it was at the same time one year earlier. The CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, Honda Pilot, and Jeep Wrangler all grew at an above-average rate.

Toyota’s RAV4, the utility vehicle which most recently outsold the CR-V, recorded a 17% jump to 19,824 units, just 230 sales shy of the second-ranked Escape. Set to be replaced shortly, the Honda Pilot nearly doubled its January 2014 U.S. sales total and, in the process, outsold newer and older three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander (up 4% to 11,060) and Chevrolet Traverse (up 89% to 10,151), respectively.

Together, the top ten produced 14.5% of all new vehicle sales activity in America in January 2015, up from the 13.8% managed by January 2014’s ten most popular SUVs and crossovers. The overall utility vehicle market generated 34% of the auto industry’s January 2015 volume, up from 32.4% a year ago.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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  • Bd2 Bd2 on Feb 08, 2015

    Basically why Jeep and Subaru have been on such a roll (as well as LR at the higher end).

  • Mikeg216 Mikeg216 on Feb 09, 2015

    1. It can take its top off 2. Women love them 3. 85% residual value don't hurt 4. It's a simple and reliable vehicle

    • An innocent man An innocent man on Feb 09, 2015

      And it's subjective of course, but that Sahara that's pictured is about the finest damn thing I've seen pictured here in awhile.

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