Sales of full-sized SUVs in the US continue to outperform the overall market. Large SUV sales are down 3% in the first three quarters of 2022 in an overall market down 13%. At just over 351,000 deliveries, large SUVs now make up 3.4% of the total US car market, up from 3.1% in the same period of 2021. And in the third quarter, the class was one of the most dynamic at +29% in a stable overall market. Seven of the top-9 best sellers in this class outperform the segment average, while any nameplates outside of the top-9 loses share. The Chevrolet Tahoe is still king, with its clone GMC Yukon in second place, both with a 22% increase in deliveries in the third quarter and almost stable sales YTD. Their extra long stablemate Chevrolet Suburban performs even better at +41% in the quarter and +2% for the year. Meanwhile, GM’s biggest rival Ford Expedition is up just 12% in Q3 and down a harsh 35% so far in 2022. Newcomer Jeep Wagoneer moves into fifth place and was close to the Suburban in Q3. The Nissan Armada somewhat recovers from a terrible start of 2022 with an 8% gain in Q3, but the Armada still loses more than half of its volume from last year. The new generation Toyota Sequoia should arrive in showrooms any moment, as just 30 units were delivered in the last three months.
Luxury full-sized SUVs are stable on their 2021 numbers, improving their share of the segment by a full percentage point to 28.8%. The Cadillac Escalade was down 2% in Q3 and 4% so far this year, dropping to #6 overall but still has a big advantage over its main rivals BMW X7 and Merccedes-Benz GLS. The former is up 21% so far this year, while the latter has a baller Q3 but is still slightly down on last year. Newcomer Jeep Grand Wagoneer was outperformed in Q3 by the Lincoln Navigator, but the ‘Gator is still down by a quarter this year, trailing the Grand W. The new generation Range Rover is about to arrive in showrooms, and that’s visible in the nameplate’s sales. The Infiniti QX80 does about as bad as its non-luxury sibling but still manages to outsell the Lexus LX by almost 2-to-1 in Q3, even though the LX is supposed to lure buyers who can’t get a Land Cruiser anymore. We welcome the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV to the charts with its first 277 deliveries.
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