2010 Ford Escape
 2010 Ford Escape
 2010 Honda CR-V
 2010 Toyota RAV4
 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
 2010 Ford Edge
 2011 Kia Sorento
 2010 Chevrolet Traverse
 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
 2010 Lexus RX-Series
 2010 Nissan Rogue

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.

Slow Movers

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)

Rank Model 2010 2009 Change
1 Ford Escape 83,440 61,017 37%
2 Honda CR-V 70,829 65,197 9%
3 Toyota RAV4 68,427 52,187 31%
4 Chevrolet Equinox 55,500 21,043 164%
5 Ford Edge 47,854 33,531 43%
6 Kia Sorento 42,170 14,547 190%
7 Chevrolet Traverse 40,900 33,390 22%
8 Hyundai Santa Fe 36,790 26,325 40%
9 Lexus RX-Series 36,012 32,614 10%
10 Nissan Rogue 35,391 31,344 13%

Source: auto manufacturers

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John Rettie wrote his first road test in his native England in 1971. As a freelancer, he has traveled the world extensively covering new vehicle introductions, racing and the auto industry. He is a member of the World Car of the Year and the International Car of the Year juries.

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