It’s business-as-usual at the top of the compact crossover sales chart as the Toyota RAV4 continued its dominance of the segment, extending its yearly lead and taking the monthly crown.
RAV4 sales are up a substantial 12 percent for the month and nearly 17 percent for the year, outperforming most of the competition as sales were up-and-down across the board.
With fewer sales days than in 2015, May was a down month for a lot of vehicles in all categories, but all but a handful of compact crossovers bucked the trend.
The second-place Ford Escape was one of them. With a 5.5 percent monthly increase, the Escape leapfrogged over Honda CR-V, which had a sales drop. Yearly Escape sales are also up 3.3 percent.
The CR-V, 2015’s sales champ, had a sales drop of 8.5 percent in may, with yearly sales down almost four percent.
A few other compact crossovers saw dips in May. The General Motors twins – the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain – were down 27.9 and 22.3 percent, respectively, for the month. Both are down for the year as well, about 18 percent for the Equinox and 16 percent for the Terrain.
They weren’t the biggest droppers though. That distinction goes to the Dodge Journey, with a sales decrease of 30 percent. It’s also down 10 percent for the year.
The Journey’s platform mates, though, keep chugging along. Jeep must be doing something right to be selling so many Patriots and Compasses. Patriot sales were up 19 percent and are up four percent for the year, while Compass sales are up a staggering 116 percent for the month and 72 percent for the year.
Further down the list, the improved Kia Sportage and much improved Hyundai Tucson continue to sell at a good pace, and the VW Tiguan seems to be the only offering from the company not hindered by the dieselgate scandal, with strong sales for the month and year.
Compact Crossover Sales – May 2016
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