Just a few years ago truck-based SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee were among the best selling vehicles in America. No more, their reign has ended. Instead car-based SUVs, now commonly known as Crossovers, have replaced them. Not surprising really, as Crossovers offer a smoother ride, deliver better fuel economy and still provide as much or more interior space.
So far in 2010 (January through May) the segment has grown in volume by 30 percent, which is almost double the improvement for the overall market. There are some clear winners and several losers in the sales race among the more than 60 vehicles in this segment.
Flying off the Lot
Although the 2010 Cadillac SRX is smaller than the model it replaced, its sales are way up giving the SRX honors as the model with the largest sales increase compared to last year. Right behind it is the 2011 Kia Sorento, which is handily outselling the old truck-based model. Three other Crossovers that have seen their sales more than double include the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Outback. You're probably less likely to get a deal on these models, as they are hot sellers.
At the other end of the scale, dealers might be willing to discount the price on models, such as the Hyundai Veracruz, Subaru Tribeca, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Land Rover LR2, that have seen a big decrease in sales. Of course deals are even more likely on previous generation models, including the Kia Sportage, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg that are being replaced with new versions.
Top Ten Best Selling Crossovers
(based on sales volume from Jan. thru May)
|8||Hyundai Santa Fe||36,790||26,325||40%|
Source: auto manufacturers