Most Popular SUVs for New Car Shoppers - August 2015

The Honda CR-V continues to be America's number one best-selling SUV in the United States with 34,771 recorded sales in August 2015. Last month marks the 12th month in a row the CR-V has reigned as king, holding the number one spot on the best-selling SUV/Crossover list.

Overall car sales in general were down about ten percent for the month of August. Eight of the twenty vehicles on the list showed a decline in sales from same month last year; However, only two vehicles show a decline in YTD sales from 2014. One of the main contributors of the loss is Labor Day weekend sales will fall in September this year.

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In second place, the Toyota RAV4 missed its August 2014 sales number of 35,614 by 5,080 units, showing a loss deficit of -14.3 percent from same month last year. Year-to-date (YTD) sales are still up 12 percent from 179,345 in 2014, to just over 200k with 200,818 in 2015. The Toyota Highlander also made the list at number eleven with 16.1 percent increase over August 2014 with 13,333 units sold last month. The Lexus RX, Toyota's luxury line, just squeaked by making the list at number nineteen with 9,280 sales, the RX fell -18.8 percent from same month last year and is also sitting at a -6.8 percent loss YTD.

Jeep had four vehicles rank in the top twenty. The Jeep Cherokee (18,763 sales), Jeep Wrangler (18,160 sales), Jeep Grand Cherokee (17,144 sales), and the Jeep Patriot coming in eleventh place with 11,058 sales.

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See where all the other SUVs ranked last month on the top 20 list below.

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Top 20 Best Selling SUVs/Crossovers for August 2015

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Rank SUV/Crossover August 2015 August 2014 % Change YTD 2015 YTD 2014 % Change
1 Honda CR-V 34,771 34,079 2.0% 229,574 217,293 5.7%
2 Toyota RAV4 30,534 35,614 -14.3% 200,818 179,345 12.0%
3 Ford Escape 28,870 28,996 -0.4% 204,539 208,444 -1.9%
4 Nissan Rogue 27,665 21,419 29.2% 188,143 137,339 37.0%
5 Chevrolet Equinox 25,211 21,387 17.9% 192,505 167,539 17.9%
6 Ford Explorer 23,671 19,391 22.1% 169,456 142,857 18.6%
7 Jeep Cherokee 18,763 18,235 2.9% 140,888 113,494 24.1%
8 Jeep Wrangler 18,160 17,988 1.0% 139,930 120,113 16.5%
9 Subaru Forester 17,565 16,432 6.9% 114,204 105,356 8.4%
10 Jeep Grand Cherokee 17,144 18,674 -8.2% 126,091 123,456 2.1%
11 Toyota Highlander 13,333 11,489 16.1% 104,448 94,984 10.0%
12 Ford Edge 11,832 8,724 35.6% 85,447 78,356 9.0%
13 Hyundai Santa Fe 11,255 9,302 21.0% 77,648 69,962 11.0%
14 Jeep Patriot 11,058 9,120 21.3% 80,186 60,841 31.8%
15 Kia Sorento 10,211 9,302 9.8% 76,381 69,972 9.2%
16 Honda Pilot 10,202 10,810 -5.6% 88,742 72,423 22.5%
17 Chevrolet Traverse 10,072 10,153 -0.8% 84,106 71,739 17.2%
18 Mazda CX-5 10,033 10,709 -6.3% 72,906 70,093 4.0%
19 Lexus RX 9,620 11,841 -18.8% 62,163 68,763 -9.6%
20 CMC Terrain 9,237 9,680 -4.6% 72,460 71,134 1.9%