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.
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…
Honda CR-V: 345,647
The undisputed leader, the well-rounded CR-V is a typical first stop for crossover buyers.
Toyota RAV4: 315,412
The RAV4 is on the ascent, with volume that surpassed the Escape’s to become 2015’s runner-up.
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.
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.
Chevrolet Equinox: 277,589
The august Equinox was passed by the Rogue, but its volume was still up a healthy 15% over 2014.
Jeep Cherokee: 220,260
The Cherokee crested the 200K sales mark in 2015, as its edgy front-end styling settled in with buyers.
Subaru Forester: 175,192
Subaru’s stalwart compact crossover gains added appeal with its EyeSight active safety features.
GMC Terrain: 112,030
Sales were relatively flat for the Terrain, so its broad-shouldered styling remains a distinctive choice.
Mazda CX-5: 111,450
The zingy CX-5 was up a decent 12% over the year before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out more crossover news here, as we continue to cover this very hot market.
Sales figures from Automotive News.