The compact crossover continues to provide volume close to that of the midsize sedan class and, for April, the new Honda CR-V was the segment’s best-selling example at 23,627 units sold. That number represents an improvement of 9.0 percent over April 2011, when the model sold 21,683 units. In second-place was the Chevrolet Equinox with 18,262 units sold – an increase of 7.1 percent compared to the 17,067 units sold the same month last year.
The final podium spot was occupied by the current-generation Ford Escape, which sold 16,986 units. The Escape may have landed in third place this month, but an all-new model will arrive soon. That might help explain the Escape’s 20.0-percent dip in sales from last April, when it sold 21,240, as customers may just be waiting for the new one to go on sale and Ford sells the last remaining 2012-model-year crossovers.
The fourth best-seller for the month was the Toyota RAV4, with 15,196 units sold for a decrease of 2.5 percent from the 15,586 units sold in April 2011. The Nissan Rogue, despite having its best April ever, only managed to snag fifth place with its sales of 8563 units, representing a gain of 1.6 percent over April 2011’s 8432 units. In sixth place was the successful Equinox’s platform-mate GMC Terrain, which sold 7839 units for a gain of 8.8 percent over the 7205 units sold the same month last year. While the CR-V was on top for April, combined Terrain and Equinox volume put GM ahead of all other players in this segment.
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Source: Honda, GM, Ford, Nissan, Toyota