By on June 4, 2015

USA SUV:crossover market share percentage auto sales chart May 2015

In May 2015, for the fifth consecutive month, more than one-third of the new vehicles sold in the United States were SUVs and crossovers. Year-over-year, the share of the market earned by utility vehicles increased from slightly less than 32% to slightly more than 34%, a gain equal to 50,000 extra sales in a market which saw passenger car volume tumble by nearly 30,000 units.

Led by the Honda CR-V, which was actually down 1% in May 2015, the U.S. SUV/crossover market was strengthened by new products last month. May was the second full month for the Jeep Renegade in what turned out to be the highest-volume month in the Jeep brand’s history. Not only did Jeep sell more than 20,000 Wranglers for the first time ever, not only did Jeep break the Cherokee’s sales record, but they also sold 4,416 copies of the Renegade.

Honda added 6,381 HR-Vs in the model’s first month on sale. With the new XC90 increasingly available, Volvo sold 741, a 60% year-over-year improvement. Chevrolet reported its first month with more than 5,000 Trax sales.2016-honda-hr-v

And among the higher-volume vehicles, the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue all posted double-digit percentage gains. Overall SUV/crossover sales jumped 10% as a result. Sales of the category are up 12% to nearly 2.4 million through the first five months of 2015.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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17 Comments on “Chart Of The Day: U.S. SUV/Crossover Market Share Rises To 34% In May 2015...”

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    6,381 copies of the HR-V is pretty damn good for its first month. Honda is going to be on a roll with this new vehicle and the redesigned Pilot.

    I’m curious to what extent Jeep Renegade sales are stealing Compass and Patriot sales.

  • avatar

    Just received Consumer Reports July Issue whereby the 2015 Cadillac Escalade was reviewed.

    It’s incomprehensible that there are so many people willing to give General Motors (aka $hitpiles R Us) $75k to 90k for the POS Escalade.

    Fukking incompetent GM & Cadillac. LOL.

    They’ve even managed to fark up their sole profitable Cadillac Model, being the Escalade.

    From July 2015 Consumer Reports (Road Review of 2015 Escalade):

    “…this SUV’s luxury is disappointingly skin deep. On the way to the Red Carpet, the Escalade’s ride feels far from luxurious. This SUV simply floundered in our driving test. With apologies to U-Haul, the Caddy’s harsh ride atop those shiny 22 inch rims is comparable to that of a rented box-truck.

    In emergency maneuvers, the Escalade is unusually slow and ungainly. And stopping distances outstretched other full-size SUVs. That may seem self-evident for such a behemoth, but the Escalade makes the Lincoln Navigator – and even the Escalade’s down market sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban – feel almost graceful by comparison.

    So how does the Escalade treat your posse? The 2nd-row seat will leave your VIP passengers feeling like they’re flying coach, and the 3rd row is simply cramped and awkward.

    Price – $73,965 – $95,870

    As tested price $87,360.”

    What an incompetent, unsalvageable FUBAR mess of a corporation & entity GM is (especially Cadillac).

    Consumer Reports rated their $25,790 Kia Sorrento higher, with a Road Score of 84, versus the 61 Road Score given to the Crap-I-lac Escalade.

    I was talking to a tech who works at a Cadillac Dealer on Tuesday who was telling me about how the ATS/CTS 2.0Ts are ginormous pieces of $hit, too.

    LOL. GM.

    • 0 avatar

      You drive an RX-8, correct? Ostensibly one of the three in North America that has never given its owner serious issues, am I right?

      Doesn’t it suck when threads get hijacked?

    • 0 avatar

      But for the money wat other SUVs can tow as much and are as reliable?

      And what do you get out of constantly bashing GM, besides attention? Is someone paying you to do this? Lel

    • 0 avatar

      It’s Consumer Reports “bashing GM,” and rightfully so. GM is a toxic wasteland of corporate incompetence, leading to malignant effluent, resulting in the construction of the world’s most overpriced, disposable vehicles.

      I look forward to seeing 2015 Cadillac Escalades sold new for 80 grand begging for buyers @ 18 grand in 2020, at BHPH & Cadillac used dealer lots all over the US. But where will Johan de Nysschen be? Will SoHo still be the expensive digs hosting Cadillac’s North American HQ? Will GM essentially be a hybrid Korean-Mexican parts manufacturing & assembly operation? Will the criminal hammer come down on GM execs for ignition switch-gate?

      Inquiring minds want to know.

      From July 2015 Consumer Reports (Road Review of 2015 Escalade):

      “…this SUV’s luxury is disappointingly skin deep. On the way to the Red Carpet, the Escalade’s ride feels far from luxurious. This SUV simply floundered in our driving test. With apologies to U-Haul, the Caddy’s harsh ride atop those shiny 22 inch rims is comparable to that of a rented box-truck.”

      75k to 93k new.


  • avatar

    I predict resale value on most CUVs and SUVs will be low. Murilee should have some tremendous Junkyard Finds in 10 years.

  • avatar

    I may possibly understand the CUV phenomenon; nobody wants little crampy cars.

    Probably 1 million people on this planet care about handling. The rest care about comfort and visibility (the little we still can get).

    • 0 avatar

      Get out of the US if you can. In many countries, you’ll see few CUVs or SUVs. Most people will be driving “crampy little cars” to reflect the much higher fuel prices and to handle narrow curvy roads and tight parking in old urban centers. They will often even specify manual transmissions to maximize economy.

      We have these vehicles because US transportation policy encourages them. It’s a big beautiful world out there. Try to see some of it.

    • 0 avatar

      Except…modern compacts aren’t crampy. Not in the least.

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        Modern compacts are barely even compacts. The teensy little Fiesta ST is pushing 3k pounds and is roomy and has all modern amenities, and can haul cargo.

        No reason at all for a CUV unless you’re so out of shape you can’t sit unless the chair is the same height as your a– while standing up. I mean, how do these people eat at restaurants? We know they’re not skipping that.

        • 0 avatar

          Mirror in face, headliner contacting hair, no visibility past/through fat pillars & headrests, bonk head upon entry, possibly sprain neck.

          • 0 avatar

            Sounds like you need to ride the bus Shrek. Plenty of headroom, good visibility and you can stop blocking our view of the road in your own personal bus-like vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      “nobody wants little crampy cars.”

      I wouldn’t paint with so broad of a brush. I for one like small cars. The largest car I have ever owned was a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. How about most want big cars?

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    Well, if nothing else the CUV craze comfirms that automakers continue to be able to take basic machines and sell them for radically more than they’re worth.

    Here’s an excellent case in point: the Mazda 3 / CX-5. Dimensionally, these two cars are almost identical, inside and out. They have the same engines and (I’m going to guess) the same suspensions. Open them the cargo areas and you’ll find very similar space (the CUV obviously has more, but not radically so).

    And the CX-5 is thousands more expensive.

    That’s what this whole thing boils down to – people paying LOTS more for so they can sit up a couple of inches higher. Makes no sense to me, but if this is what sells, and it makes it possible for Mazda (or other manufacturers) to produce more enthusiast-oriented vehicles, then party on.

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