July 2018 Crossover Sales: Redesigned Audi Q5 Up 60 Percent, Toyota RAV4 Tops Crossover Sales Charts [Report]

The Toyota RAV4 was the only model to crest 40,000 sales in July's crossover sales race.

July 2018 Crossover Sales Report
The Audi Q5 gained surprising ground in a month where most of the crossover market shrank. [Photo: Audi]

July 2018 crossover sales report numbers are rolling in – How did each segment fare?

For the past several months, crossovers have just kept gaining traction in the marketplace. Sales gains were widespread throughout every segment, with several models increasing their sales by double digit percentages every single month. This time around, the results were more of a mixed bag. While luxury crossovers still gained market share, most manufacturers’ sales in the mainstream market declined.

Instead of expanding, July 2018 marked a significant month in that sales contracted almost across the board. Most manufacturers lost ground versus this time last year – even with their most popular models – but some did gain ground in this tight market. Here are the July 2018 crossover sales figures.

Important note: If you’re curious why GM brands – Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac –¬† aren’t represented on this list – it’s because the company recently shifted to quarterly sales reporting. We’ll include fresh sales numbers when GM releases their second-quarter sales report in October.

Jump to segment:


Subcompact Crossovers (Winner: Subaru Crosstrek)

The Subaru Crosstrek’s monthly sales were up nearly 60 percent over July 2017. [Photo: Subaru]
It appears most of the mainstream subcompact crossover market contracted in July 2018 versus the same point last year. However, we do have three new players in this contested space. There’s the new Hyundai Kona, as well as the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Kicks.

However, the Subaru Crosstrek easily came out ahead of the competition in this segment. Its monthly sales picked up 58.9 percent over July 2017. Its year-to-date sales increased by nearly 70 percent. Despite losing some sales, the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade still managed a 2 – 3 finish, rounding out the podium in the subcompact crossover segment.

Make

Model

July 2018

July 2017

MoM change

Subaru

Crosstrek

12,664 7,972 58.9%

Honda

HR-V

9,085 9,779 -7.1%

Jeep

Renegade

8,114 8,858 -8.4%

Ford

EcoSport

5,354 N/A* N/A*

Hyundai

Kona

4,173 N/A* N/A*

Toyota

C-HR

3,688 3,444 7.1%
Nissan Kicks 2,375 N/A* N/A*

Kia

Niro

2,310 2,763 -16.4%

Mazda

CX-3

1,388 1,481 -6.3%

Fiat

500X

378 597 -36.7%

*New model – 2017 sales figures are not available.


Compact Crossovers (Winner: Toyota RAV4)

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July 2018 saw the Toyota RAV4 beat its rivals by a considerable margin. It’s an interesting result, considering it’s one of the oldest crossovers in the current market, and it’s due for replacement soon. In the most hotly contested crossover market, it bested the likes of the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. On the subject of the Rogue, the model’s sales slipped 18.2 percent from this point in 2017. The Ford Escape and Subaru Forester – both due for replacement – also declined last month.

The Jeep Compass continues to gain momentum, gaining 63.4 percent in sales over 2017. The Mazda CX-5 also jumped up a few spots, gaining 7.1 percent in sales.

Make

Model

July 2018 Sales

July 2017 Sales

MoM change

Toyota

RAV4

41,093 41,804 -1.7%

Honda

CR-V

32,844 31,761 3.4%

Nissan

Rogue

26,535 32,425 -18.2%

Ford

Escape

20,630 27,716 -25.6%

Subaru

Forester

13,759 15,283 -10.0%

Jeep

Compass

12,300 7,528 63.4%

Mazda

CX-5

12,208 11,402 7.1%

Hyundai

Tucson

11,360 11,257 0.9%

Kia

Sportage

7,007 7,135 -1.8%

Volkswagen

Tiguan

6,636 593 1,019.1%

Mitsubishi

Outlander Sport

3,440 2,910 18.2%

Mitsubishi

Outlander**

3,358 2,530 32.7%

Mitsubishi

Eclipse Cross

775 N/A* N/A*

*New model – 2017 sales figures are not available.

**Includes sales of the Outlander PHEV.


Midsize Crossovers/SUVs (Winner: Toyota Highlander)

Once again, the Toyota Highlander takes the crown in the midsize crossover segment. It gained 11.3 percent over this time in 2017. The Ford Explorer and Jeep Cherokee rounded out the top three – with the latter gaining a whopping 71 percent in sales thanks to a recent refresh.

The Honda Pilot also gained sales last month, gaining 30.5 percent over 2017. The 2019 Kia Sorento also bumped up the model’s sales over this point in 2017. The Hyundai Santa Fe is up for replacement soon, so the current model’s sales are flagging slightly over last year.

Make

Model

July 2018 Sales

July 2017 Sales

MoM change

Toyota

Highlander

21,159 19,017 11.3%

Ford

Explorer

20,243 18,763 7.9%

Jeep

Cherokee

20,210 11,818 71.0%

Jeep

Grand Cherokee

17,956 19,024 -5.6%

Subaru

Outback

16,113 17,581 -8.3%

Honda

Pilot

13,026 9,985 30.5%

Kia

Sorento

11,982 9,734 23.1%

Ford

Edge

10,150 11,156 -9.0%

Dodge

Journey

8,345 6,800 22.7%

Hyundai

Santa Fe

8,275 12,749 -35.1%

Nissan

Murano

6,549 6,314 3.7%

Volkswagen

Atlas

6,499 1,306 397.6%

Nissan

Pathfinder

5,303 5,066 4.7%

Dodge

Durango

4,882 5,314 -8.1%
Subaru Ascent 4,589 N/A* N/A*

Mazda

CX-9

2,206 2,318 -4.8%

*New model – 2017 sales figures are not available.

 


Subcompact Luxury Crossovers (Winner: BMW X1)

April 2018 Sales Report: BMW X1
BMW X1. [Photo: BMW]
While the Mini Countryman gained serious ground in July, other subcompact luxury crossovers didn’t fare so well. The BMW X1 managed to hold onto its lead – just – although its sales slipped 0.7 percent compared to July 2017. The Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA both lost ground. They’re both pretty long in the tooth, however, and are set to be replaced soon.

Make

Model

July 2018 Sales

July 2017 Sales

MoM change

BMW

X1

1,812 1,824 -0.7%

MINI

Countryman

1,724 1,462 17.9%

Volvo

XC40

1,521 N/A* N/A*

Audi

Q3

1,482 1,888 -21.5%

BMW

X2

1,383 N/A* N/A*

Mercedes-Benz

GLA

1,322 2,223 -40.5%

Infiniti

QX30

603 729 -17.3%

*New model – 2017 sales figures are not available.

 


Compact Luxury Crossovers (Winner: Audi Q5)

¬†Audi’s redesigned Q5 lineup stormed the compact luxury crossover segment last month, gaining 58.2 percent in sales over this time last year. The Acura RDX also gained steam thanks to its recent redesign. The Lexus NX, however, lagged behind Audi and Acura to round out the top 3, losing 13.9 percent in sales versus July 2017.

The new BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 both gained significant ground over this time last year, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Alfa Romeo Stelvio also picked up some important sales. Unlike the mainstream compact segment, the luxury compact crossover market saw growth across the board, with the exception of the Lexus.

Make

Model

July 2018 Sales

July 2017 Sales

MoM change

Audi

Q5

6,512 4,116 58.2%

Acura

RDX

5,784 5,539 4.4%

Lexus

NX

4,653 5,406 -13.9%

Mercedes-Benz

GLC

4,446 4,002 11.1%

BMW

X3

4,285 2,657 61.3%

Volvo

XC60

2,464 855 188.2%

Lincoln

MKC

2,300 2,129 8.0%

Porsche

Macan

2,114 1,600 32.1%

Infiniti

QX50

1,609 1,190 35.2%

Alfa Romeo

Stelvio

1,140 99 1,051.5%

BMW

X4

406 336 20.8%

*New model – 2017 sales figures are not available.

 


Midsize Luxury Crossovers (Winner: Lexus RX)

Another month has passed, and the Lexus RX remains on top in the midsize luxury crossover segment. The Mercedes-Benz GLE picked up some steam. However, the rest of the segment shrank last month versus July 2017.

Make

Model

July 2018 Sales

July 2017 Sales

MoM change

Lexus RX 9,780 9,632 1.5%
Mercedes-Benz GLE 4,447 3,879 14.6%
Acura MDX 4,392 4,727 -7.1%
Audi Q7 2,922 3,334 -12.4%
Infiniti QX60 2,920 3,505 -16.7%
BMW X5 2,655 2,986 -11.1%
Volvo XC90 2,384 2,521 -5.4%
Lincoln MKX 2,043 2,422 -15.6%
BMW X6 371 362 2.5%
Porsche Cayenne 266 873 -69.5%

 

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