• Ford Explorer tops midsize crossover sales for 2016 [News]


    2016 Ford Explorer

    The Toyota Highlander may have sold the most vehicles in December, but the Ford Explorer was the top vehicle in terms of sales in 2016 in the midsize crossover segment.

    Toyota sold 25,425 Highlanders in December, making it the number one vehicle in the midsize crossover segment for December. Toyota also sold 191,379 Highlanders for the year, and saw a 20.4 percent increase in sales when looking at figures from 2015 and 2016.

    Ford sold 19,030 Explorers in December, which placed it in the fourth position in terms of sales for the month. However, the Explorer had the highest number of sales for the year with 216,294.

    Although it was the highest in terms of sales for the overall year, the Ford saw a decrease in sales of 3.6 percent when looking at figures from 2015 and 2016, sales figures showed.

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    Rounding out the rest of the vehicles in the top five best selling for midsize crossovers in December was the Jeep Grand Cherokee with 23,250, the Subaru Outback with 20,695 and the Ford Edge with 12,691.

    When looking at year to date sales from 2015 and 2016, the Volkswagen Touareg saw the largest decrease in sales with 40 percent less. Volkswagen sold 396 of the Touareg in December and 4,223 during 2016.

    Other vehicles that saw double-digit decreases in sales from 2015 to 2016 were Buick Enclave with a decrease of 16.2 percent, the Honda Pilot with a decrease of 11.3 percent and the Mazda CX-9 with a decrease of 10.8 percent, sales figures showed.

    On the flip side, there were several vehicles that saw double-digit increases from 2015 to 2016. The Nissan Murano saw a 38.2 percent increase, which was the highest in that segment. Nissan sold 7,881 of the Muranos in December and sold a total of 86,953 in 2016.

    The others that had double-digit increases from 2015 to 2016 in addition to the Highlander and the Murano were the Subaru Outback with 20.1 percent and the Hyundai Santa Fe with 11.1 percent, sales figures showed.

    For a complete list of how the midsize crossovers did for December and in 2016, see the chart below.

    Midsize Crossover Sales – December 2016

    Dec 2016 # Nov 2016 # Dec ’16/Nov ’16 % Dec 2016/2015 YTD 2016 # YTD 2016/2015 %
    Toyota Highlander 25,425 21,241 19.7% 57.9% 191,379 20.4%
    Jeep Grand Cherokee 23,250 17,230 34.9% 13.0% 212,273 8.0%
    Subaru Outback 20,695 17,769 16.5% 28.8% 182,898 20.1%
    Ford Explorer 19,030 17,245 10.4% 0.7% 216,294 -3.6%
    Ford Edge 12,691 10,757 18.0% 23.7% 134,588 8.4%
    GMC Acadia 12,189 9,168 33.0% 67.8% 88,466 -8.2%
    Honda Pilot 12,072 9,024 33.8% -9.5% 120,772 -11.3%
    Kia Sorento 11,782 9,698 21.5% -8.5% 114,733 -1.5%
    Hyundai Santa Fe 10,862 10,786 0.7% 14.1% 131,257 11.1%
    Chevrolet Traverse 10,381 9,194 12.9% 13.5% 116,701 -2.7%
    Nissan Pathfinder 9,368 6,801 37.7% 12.0% 81,701 -0.4%
    Nissan Murano 7,881 7,589 3.8% 11.3% 86,953 38.2%
    Dodge Durango 5,796 4,934 17.5% -26.0% 68,474 6.0%
    Buick Envision 3,931 1,785 120.2% NEW 14,193 NEW
    Buick Enclave 3,800 3,508 8.3% -36.0% 52,028 -16.2%
    Mazda CX-9 2,594 1,994 30.1% 123.8% 16,051 -10.8%
    VW Touareg 396 348 13.8% -18.5% 4,223 -40.0%

    Check out this off-road video of the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander:


    Aimee Inama
    Aimee Inama
    Aimee has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer, 10 as a reporter for a daily newspaper. She also has more than five years of experience writing about transportation issues. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five dogs.

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