The force must have been with the Nissan Rogue in December, as it not only took the compact crossover crown in December, but it was also the best-selling car in the land for the month.
The Rogue’s sales were 40,477, the only car (that’s not a pickup) that hit the 40k mark for the month. This is a 52.9 percent increase over December 2015. The strong month also added to the Rogue’s yearly sales, which were up 14.9 percent over 2015.
It wasn’t enough to touch the top two, though, as the Honda CR-V held on to beat out the Toyota RAV4 by just over 5,000 sales. Both had a strong month, as the CR-V was up 21.1 percent for the month and the RAV4 was up 16.8 percent for the month.
The big gainers for the year were the Korean cousins, the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage, and the Jeep Compass, which actually outsold its cousin, the Patriot, for the month for the first time this year. Maybe Jeep made the right decision by naming the new model the Compass, as it will replace both the old Compass and the Patriot.
Compact crossover sales were strong across the board, with only the aging GM twins – the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain – and the Jeep Cherokee having double-digit losses. The also-aging Dodge Journey was also down, but at a near-flat 1 percent loss. Both the Equinox and Terrain will be soon replaced with all-new models, but the Journey will soldier on for 2017.
Compact Crossover Sales – December 2016
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Check out this related TFLcar video of the Nissan Rogue: