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Honda CR-V Sales Skyrocket, Lead Crossover Class

January 4th, 2013

Honda CR-V Leads All Crossovers by Sales in 2012

The Honda CR-V sat alone atop the hugely lucrative compact crossover sales charts in 2012, with 281,652 units sold to lead the Ford Escape by more than 20,000 units.

Honda’s latest foray into the sport-utility world has been well-received by critics and buyers alike, as most family haulers have now completed the shift from truck-based SUVs to more car-like unibody crossovers with a softer ride and better efficiency. The CR-V is good for a solid 23 city/31 highway/26 combined mpg, not quite as strong as the most-efficient Escape and Mazda CX-5, but just one of a long list of virtues. Honda has performed at or near the top of the industry of late in reliability, overall appeal, collision testing and residual value studies.

GM also has cause for celebration in the crossover game: when combining the sales of its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins, the automaker outsold both the CR-V and Escape, as well as the Toyota RAV4. The next-generation 2013 RAV4 is set to release very soon, so we’ll see how 2013 shapes up in the U.S. auto industry’s hottest segment.

2012 U.S. Compact Crossover Sales Top 10

Honda CR-V: 281,652
Ford Escape: 261,008
Chevrolet Equinox: 218,621
Toyota RAV4:  171,877
Nissan Rogue:  142,349
GMC Terrain:  97,786
Subaru Forester:  76,347
Jeep Patriot:  62,010
Hyundai Tucson:  48,878
Mazda CX-5:  43,319


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