SALES: Ranking The Winners In Compact Crossovers

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Sales results for 2015 show a continued surge in the compact crossover segment. Here’s a look at which ones buyers are choosing most.

There are few losers in the compact crossover segment; volume is up pretty much across the board.

Related: Cars Jump the Shark – Crossovers Now the Largest Retail Automotive Segment

Stylish practicality is the main draw here, and the ones that deliver the most convincing mix of it rise to the top. Starting with the winner…

2016 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V: 345,647

The undisputed leader, the well-rounded CR-V is a typical first stop for crossover buyers.

Related: REVIEW – 2015 Honda CR-V Gets Updated Styling Inside and Out


Toyota RAV4: 315,412

The RAV4 is on the ascent, with volume that surpassed the Escape’s to become 2015’s runner-up.

Related: REVIEW – 2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD – Driving Towards the Top of the Class

2016 Ford Escape Titanium

Ford Escape: 306,492

Escape sales were almost identical to the year before. We’ll see if the upcoming 2017 version will spike interest this year.

Related: LA Auto Show – 2017 Ford Escape

2015 Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue: 287,190

Rogue sales up were up 44% in 2015, and Nissan has factories fired up in the U.S., Japan and Korea to meet the demand.

Related: REVIEW – 2015 Nissan Rogue Is a Cost-Conscious Family Crossover

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT

Chevrolet Equinox: 277,589

The august Equinox was passed by the Rogue, but its volume was still up a healthy 15% over 2014.

Related: REVIEW – 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD – Ergonomic Nirvana

2016 Jeep® Cherokee Limited

Jeep Cherokee: 220,260

The Cherokee crested the 200K sales mark in 2015, as its edgy front-end styling settled in with buyers.

Related: REVIEW – 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Delivers Affordable Capability and Comfort


Subaru Forester: 175,192

Subaru’s stalwart compact crossover gains added appeal with its EyeSight active safety features.

Related: REVIEW – 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium – Safety First

2016 GMC Terrain Denali 3/4 rear

GMC Terrain: 112,030

Sales were relatively flat for the Terrain, so its broad-shouldered styling remains a distinctive choice.

Related: REVIEW – 2016 GMC Terrain Denali a Great Luxury Kid-Hauler


Mazda CX-5: 111,450

The zingy CX-5 was up a decent 12% over the year before.

Related: REVIEW – 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring – Niche Popularity

2016 Tucson

Hyundai Tucson: 63,591

Manufacturing capacity has hobbled Hyundai in this hot market, but more factories and a sharp redesign is helping the Tucson grow.

Related: PREVIEW – 2016 Hyundai Tucson – Evolutionary Benefits

2017 Sportage SX Turbo

Kia Sportage: 53,739

The 2017 Sportage was introduced at the 2015 LA Auto Show, and its bold styling will likely help bring the numbers up.

Related: LA Auto Show – 2017 Kia Sportage

2016 Outlander Sport SEL

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 36,966

The Outlander Sport was up 16% in 2015, with buyers no doubt liking the standard aluminum wheels and low $20,445 base price. Revisions for 2016 aim to maintain those gains.

Related: LA Auto Show – 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


Volkswagen Tiguan: 35,843

Bringing up the rear is VW’s forgotten Tiguan, a victim of high prices borne from unfavorable exchange rates. The next one will take cues from the Tiguan GTE concept that debuted at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, and it will undoubtedly sell better than this Tiguan has.

Related: Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line – Ambitiously Marginalized

Check out more crossover news here, as we continue to cover this very hot market.

Sales figures from Automotive News.