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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

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2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape

MSRP $32,120 Titanium AWD

EPA MPG:

22 City / 31 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 68.1 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/5