At the end of a difficult year like 2020, auto industry sales figures certainly can’t be positive, taken in their entirety: the industry has heavily left behind what was good achieved in 2019, with losses on the following year approaching 20%. A good fourth quarter was seen, for certain models belonging to those more desirable market niches, such as SUV vehicles, which constitutes a large segment. Suffice it to say that the 25 most popular models in this segment have in fact managed to contain the drop in sales to 12.7% over the previous year. So here are the best-selling SUVs in America in 2020, according to the numbers released in the automakers’ sales reports.
- Toyota RAV4
2020 Sales: 430,387 (vs 2019: -3.9%)
For the fourth consecutive year, Toyota RAV4 is confirmed as the most successful SUV in America. In the first quarter of 2020, sales had even recorded +16.5% over the same period in 2019, then closed out the dreadful 2020 with a very precious – 3.9%. Completely revised 2019 looks, better performance, improved capability, and new state-of-the-art standard safety equipment (automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning). Another arrow in Toyota’s bow, hybrid engines: the new plug-in is efficient while delivering performance second only to the Japanese manufacturer’s GR Supra sports car.
2020 Sales: 333,502 (vs 2019: -13.2%)
Touched a sales record in 2019, Honda’s SUV kept up the pace through March 2020; with more than 4 million sold since 1997, the Honda CR-V remains the Japanese automaker’s most successful model in the States. With the 2020 model year, Honda has redone the make-up and introduced the hybrid engine, a 2-motor powertrain that combines two electric motors with a 2.0-liter heat engine for a combined 212 horsepower.
2020 Sales: 270,994 (vs 2019: -21,7%)
The Equinox, Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV, as of the first quarter of 2020, was ranked second in overall sales behind the Toyota RAV42021; the restyling was expected in late 2020, but the launch has been delayed until this year: There will be new features such as projector headlights, LED running lights, wider horizontal taillights and LED taillights for upper trim levels. Inside, improved outward visibility thanks to a new lower windshield base. Gasoline engines include a 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo and a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, combined with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Sales: 227,935 (vs. 2019: -35.0%)
(2020 Sales: 226,217 (vs. 2019: 20.9%)
2020 Sales: 212,276 (Vs. 2019: -11.3%)
Jeep Grand Cherokee
2020 Sales: 209,786 (Vs. 2019: -13.7%)
2020 Sales: 201,311 (Vs. 2019: -11.7%)
2020 Sales: 178,496 (Vs. 2019: -26.1%)
2020 Sales: 176,996 (Vs. 2019:-1.8 %)
2020 Sales: 153,294 (Vs. 2019: -15.4%)
2020 Sales: 146,420 (Vs. 2019: -5.3%)
2020 Sales: 135,855 (Vs. 2019: -29.0%)
2020 Sales: 129,052 (Vs. 2019: -2.2%)
2020 Sales: 125,546 (Vs. 2019: -14.7%)
2020 Sales: 123,813 (Vs. 2019: -8.3%)
2020 Sales: 123,657 (Vs. 2019: -10.0%)
2020 Sales: 119,716 (Vs. 2019: -8.7%)
2020 Sales: 108,886 (Vs. 2019: -21.4%)
2020 Sales: 107,969 (Vs. 2019: -25.0%)
2020 Sales: 106,299 (Vs. 2019: -9.0%)
2020 Sales: 101,059 (Vs. 2019: -9.0%)
Hyundai Santa Fe
2020 Sales: 100,757 (Vs. 2019: -20.9%)
2020 Sales: 100,687 (Vs. 2019: -8.1%)
2020 Sales: 94,599 (Vs. 2019: +62.8%)
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