Most Popular New SUVs & Crossovers Sold in America

The Honda CR-V beat out the Ford Edge by 2532 units in July to be America's number one best-selling SUV for the eleventh consecutive month in a row.

Honda sold 31,745 CR-Vs last month, an increase of just over 11 percent from same month last year.

Honda also increased its 2015 year-to-date (YTD) sales number 6.3 percent, from 183,214 in 2014 to 194,803 this year.

Best-Selling SUV/Crossovers in July >>

The Ford Escape, number two on the list only missed taking down the CR-V by just over 2500 sales. American's bought 29,253 Escapes last month for a total of 175,669 for the year. This is a solid increase of 10.1 percent over July 2014 even after being the only vehicle to post a 2015 YTD loss of -2.1 percent.

Out of the twenty vehicles on the list, only four vehicles fell short of their July 2014 sales numbers. The Toyota RAV4 missed their number by -0.3 percent, the GMC Terrain (-18.1%), the Equinox (14.7%), and the Honda Pilot (12.3%). The only vehicle trailing 2014's YTD numbers is the Ford Escape with -2.1 percent deficit.

Four out of the top twenty most popular vehicles on the list had year-over-year increases of over 30 percent in the month of July. These vehicles are the Chevrolet Traverse with a 32.2 percent increase , the Hyundai Santa Fe with a 34.7 percent increase, the GMC Acadia at 31.8 percent, and the largest growth was the Nissan Rogue with an amazing 50.9 percent increase over same month, last year.

Contrary to popular belief, factory invoice is not what a dealer actually pays for a new car. There are hidden rebates and secret incentives that lower a dealer's cost unknowingly to the customer. Calculate a dealer's cost before making an offer so you can determine what a fair price is to pay for the car.

Once you determine the dealer's true cost you can work dealers against each other to guarantee you pay the lowest price. Read my new car factory invoice section to learn how to figure what a dealer really pays for any new car.

Most Popular SUVs and Crossovers in America for July 2015

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Rank Best Selling SUV July 2015 July 2014 % Change YTD 2015 YTD 2014 % Change
1 Honda CR-V 31,745 28,522 11.4% 194,803 183,214 6.3%
2 Ford Escape 29,253 26,558 10.1% 175,669 179,448 -2.1%
3 Toyota RAV4 26,709 26,779 -0.3% 170,284 143,731 18.5%
4 Nissan Rogue 25,081 16,618 50.9% 160,478 115,920 38.4%
5 Ford Explorer 23,381 19,006 23.0% 145,785 123,466 18.1%
6 Chevrolet Equinox 21,609 25,321 -14.7% 167,294 146,152 14.5%
7 Jeep Wrangler 19,320 16,388 17.9% 121,770 102,125 19.2%
8 Jeep Cherokee 16,699 14,827 12.6% 122,125 95,259 28.2%
9 Jeep Grand Cherokee 15,867 15,169 4.6% 108,947 104,782 4.0%
10 Subaru Forester 15,811 14,524 8.9% 96,639 88,924 8.7%
11 Toyota Highlander 12,727 11,357 12.1% 91,115 83,495 9.1%
12 Chevrolet Traverse 12,604 9,533 32.2% 74,034 61,586 20.2%
13 Hyundai Santa Fe 11,655 8,655 34.7% 66,393 60,660 9.9%
14 GMC Acadia 10,671 8,095 31.8% 59,726 49,265 21.2%
15 Ford Edge 10,020 8,564 17.0% 73,615 69,632 5.7%
16 Kia Sorento 9,749 8,749 11.4% 66,170 60,670 9.1%
17 Honda Pilot 9,584 10,933 -12.3% 78,540 61,613 27.5%
18 Mazda CX-5 9,530 9,109 4.6% 62,873 59,384 5.9%
19 Jeep Patriot 9,493 7,793 21.8% 69,128 51,721 33.7%
20 GMC Terrain 8,813 10,767 -18.1% 63,223 61,454 2.9%

Competition Between Dealers Always Gets You the Best Price

When negotiating a new car's price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds or TrueCar, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available.

In addition, the above sites will tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their new car pricing. These sites provide valuable information for anyone thinking about buying or leasing a new car or truck.