Sales of compact crossovers in the US slightly outperform the overall market in the first three quarters of 2022, down 11% on last year. The largest class in terms of sales now has a 23.7% share of the market, slightly up from 23.3% last year, at just over 2.4 million deliveries. In the third quarter, compact crossover sales were up 6% in a stable overall market.
Best selling crossover in the United States is still the Toyota RAV4, adding one percentage point of share thanks to sales down just 3% on last year, while its closest rival Honda CR-V sees a 38% decline in deliveries. In Q3, the RAV4 was up 11% but the CR-V was still down 19%. The Chevrolet Equinox drops from second back to third place but still shows a strong recovery on last year’s troublesome performance. It was up 44% in Q3 and is now back into positive territory year-to-date. The Nissan Rogue, last year still #3, loses almost half of its sales and drops down to fifth place, despite being one of the freshest models in the top-5. In the third quarter, the Kia Sportage (+47%), Ford Escape (+35%) and Hyundai Tucson (+28%) show great strength, the South-Korean models thanks to their respective new generations. As a result, the two of them are now in positive territory year-to-date, while the Escape is down just 2%. In contrast, the Mazda CX-5 (-24%), Subaru Outback (-21%) and Subaru Forester (-22%) are still struggling in Q3. At least the Forester outsells the Ford Bronco Sport by quite a large margin (7,000 deliveries) in Q3 to close the year-to-date gap.
After a strong start of the year, the Jeep Compass falls behind in Q3, although it still manages to leapfrog the GMC Terrain, whose 81% improvement in Q3 and 51% gain YTD are just a result of a horrible performance last year. The Volkswagen Tiguan outsells both of them in the third quarter to close the gap to the top-13. The Chevrolet Blazer has a strong Q3 but that barely gets it out of red figures year-to-date, while reversely the Mitsubishi Outlander has a horrid Q3 but is still well in the plus for the year.After a bad start of the year, the Jeep Cherokee has a stable Q3 but it’s still -61% so far in 2022.
In the all-electric subsegment, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a distant second at #23 with sales up 49%, followed by the newcomers Hyundai Ioniq 5 at #28 and its sibling Kia EV6 at #30. Their luxury sibling Genesis GV60 lands at #45 just ahead of the Mercedes-Benz EQB and Jaguar I-Pace, and behind the other newcomer Audi Q4 e-tron. The latter’s platform sibling Volkswagen ID.4 moves up to #35, down 10% on last year. We welcome the Toyota bZ4X at #48, just behind the Hyundai Nexo but ahead of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, the four-door coupe version of Audi’s EV.
The luxury part of the segment outperforms the mainstream compact crossovers with sales down just 3%. Luxury crossovers make up 21.3% of the segment in the first three quarters of 2022, up from 19.5% in the same period of 2021. The Tesla Model Y is up an estimated 34% and sells almost triple the volume of the next best luxury crossover Mercedes-Benz GLC which is up an impressive 46% despite being due for a redesign, distancing the BMW X3, down 5% and Audi Q5 down 14%. Both the latter were up by single digits in the third quarter. The Lexus NX sees a 37% decline in deliveries as a new generation is due soon, while the Acura RDX is down by more than half (-58% in Q3) and is leapfrogged by the Volvo XC60 (-18%). In the third quarter, the RDX was also outsold by the Cadillac XT5 which was up 32% in Q3 but -24% so far this year. It’s closing in on its crosstown rival Lincoln Corsair, up 78% in Q3. The Mercedes-Benz GLB somewhat recovers in Q3 with sales up 8%, but is still down by almost a quarter for the year. An 8% loss for the Infiniti QX50 narrows its year-to-date loss to -50% but no such improvement for the Range Rover Velar, down 44% in Q3.
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