Honda CR-V Pulls Ahead in August CUV Sales

Just when the Ford Escape thought it had the 2013 crossover sales crown in the bag, the Honda CR-V challenged it in August by selling 34,654 units compared to the 26,714 Escapes sold, and finally beating its year-to-date sales by nearly 2000 units.

The Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota RAV4 have also started their own rivalry, as the RAV4 pushed the Equinox out of its long-standing third position in July. The Japanese crossover, however, couldn't pull off a repeat performance, selling 23,502 units versus the Equinox's 25,073 crossover sales. The Nissan Rogue maintained its fifth-place position with 17,273 units, though it could give the RAV4 something to worry about when the redesigned CUV comes out.

Meanwhile, the Subaru Forester and GMC Terrain took up the sixth and seventh spots in the crossover race with 13,163 and 11,120 units, respectively. The Mazda CX-5 once again stayed in the eighth position with 8506 units, while the Jeep cousins remained close together in the ninth and tenth positions, with 7170 Patriots and 5249 Compasses sold.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek still couldn't catch a break in August, not selling enough to qualify as a top-10 crossover best-seller, though it finished ahead of the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, and the Mini Countryman and Paceman.

Crossover August 2013 August 2012 Year- to-Date
Honda CR-V 34,654 23,877 207,643
Ford Escape 26,714 28,188 205,683
Chevrolet Equinox 25,073 20,231 169,977
Toyota RAV4 23,502 15,685 144,314
Nissan Rogue 17,273 12,626 113,316
Subaru Forester 13,163 6,956 73,752
GMC Terrain 11,120 9143 69,651
Mazda CX-5 8506 4665 54,388
Jeep Patriot 7170 5056 52,857
Jeep Compass 5249 3756 37,249
Subaru XV Crosstrek 4757 n/a 34,483
Nissan Juke 4176 3213 25,533
Hyundai Tucson 3,886 5,376 30,042
Kia Sportage 3140 3097 21,037
Volkswagen Tiguan 2948 2746 20,744
Mini Countryman/Paceman 1877 2050 15,591
Why is the BMW X1 not on the above list? I know it sold a 1000 or so?
It is interesting to see that the new 2013 Escape has sold fewer models this year than last year's old, old version.  I think it is probably because of the huge price increase over the 2012 model.  And additional problems might be My Ford Touch and the iffy turbos.  (I think Ford mad a big mistake by putting most of their eggs in the turbo basket.)  The new Escape still is available with the NA 2.5, but only with the FWD base model.  Personally, I would purchase the new RAV4 with its much lower pricing and a smooth 2.4 liter engine and unobtrusive 6 speed automatic.  Notice in the above list that the new RAV4 has upped its sales by about 50% over 2012. 
I can't understand why the Subaru Outback is not categorized as a "crossover".  The Subaru XV Crosstrek is just a jacked up version of the Impreza hatch-- and the OB is a jacked up version of the Legacy wagon.  Okay, okay, there is no Legacy wagon any more.  The OB is built on the Legacy sedan chassis.  Look at the above list:  Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman/Paceman.  Those are all listed as crossovers.  Yet the much more versatile and rugged Outback is not.  Is the OB listed as a "real" SUV?  Nope.  I think it is rated as a STATIONWAGON!!Perhaps I don't know what I am talking about, and perhaps someone can straighten me out if I am wrong.

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