Ford Escape Overtakes Honda CR-V in January Compact Crossover Sales

Back with a vengeance, the Ford Escape proved more popular than the Honda CR-V -- the 2012 compact crossover king -- besting it by more than 2000 units in January.

Not only does the CR-V (17,809 units) have the Escape to worry about, but also the Chevrolet Equinox, which was behind the Honda by only 600 units, with 17,223 examples sold. The Toyota RAV4 earned a solid spot in fourth place with 11,610 sold, while the Nissan Rogue (8951) and GMC Terrain (8550 units) battled it out for fifth place. Once again, GM’s two large-ish compact crossovers finish above the class leaders if you count the Equinox and Terrain together. Below the sixth-place Terrain was the Subaru Forester with 6565 units sold, however, we wouldn't be surprised to see a sales boost once the new Forester heads to dealerships.

With a couple of close races, none were as close as the one between the Jeep Patriot and Mazda CX-5, with the American crossover taking the lead for eighth place by only four units. The Kodo design-influenced CUV had to make do with ninth place (5344 units), but the fight will only get tougher when the retouched 2014 Patriot goes on sale later this year. Completing the top 10 most sold crossovers in January was the Hyundai Tucson, selling 3493 examples. The Jeep Compass (3116 units) was not as successful as its cousin, and was followed by the Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Source: The automakers

Crossover  January 2013 January 2012
Ford Escape 19,939 17,259
Honda CR-V 17,809 18,960
Chevrolet Equinox 17,223 13,662
Toyota RAV4 11,610 9,819
Nissan Rogue 8951 9904
GMC Terrain 8550 5649
Subaru Forester 6565 5117
Jeep Patriot 5248 3966
Mazda CX-5 5244 N/A
Hyundai Tucson 3493 3116
Jeep Compass 3116 2340
Kia Sportage 2422 2835
Volkswagen Tiguan 2114 2308
John Ashman
Wow, the Tiguan is just having its ass handed to it.   That would be cured with a TDI and a DSG transmission at a reasonable price.
dwilken2@att.net
Totally agree, but Volkswagen does not want to improve existing models, but dream up things like the seven passenger crossover shown at Detroit.   I figure they will not put a diesel in the U.S. Tiguan for at least 5 years if ever.  So Sad

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