With April having come and gone, it seems the American appetite for crossover SUVs is a trend, not a fad. “In fact, eight of the 10 fastest-selling cars in April were SUVs,” Cars.com said in its Kicking Tires blog. “It wasn’t just small models that enjoyed the popularity; low gas prices pushed shoppers toward larger crossovers, too. Full-size, three-row models gained 12.4%.”
For many, it was business as usual: pickups dominated the top three, and many old stalwarts graced last month’s top 10. However, there are some things to note, like how the success of SUVs has come to the detriment of the family sedan. And “after months of meteoric sales gains, traditional full-size models — haulers like the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia — fell 13.2% in April,” the site noted.
Though new car prices continued to climb, the good news is that they did so at the lowest year-over-year increase in six months, Cars.com reports. Though the publication has provided such information in months past, the exact figure wasn’t offered for April. The drive upwards is partially due to the trending of luxury trucks, as the three best-sellers can now easily command prices in the $50,000 and $60,000 range.
Read on to see the 10 best-selling vehicles of April.
10. Ford Escape
Despite getting brought back in for one issue or another, Ford’s popular crossover proved that it still has what it takes to move units. Ford sold 25,770 Escapes in April, good for a 4.8% gain over April 2014 and leaving the crossover with 93,042 units moved since January 1, amounting to a 3% decline overall versus the same four months of last year.
9. Honda Accord
Despite some stronger footing within recent months, the Accord seems to losing its edge. That trend continued through April, as Honda moved just 27,251 sedans — still worthy for the top 10, but a 20.1% free-fall over April of last year. This leaves the car 15.4% down for the year thus far, at 95,986 units.
8. Honda Civic
As it heads into its next generation, Honda’s Civic faired a bit better than i’s larger corporate sibling, as the company was able to get 28,380 units off the books last month. This represents a 2.8% hike over the same month last year, and for the first third of 2015, the Civic has moved 95,102 units in total — a 3.7% slip versus the same period last year.
7. Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox was one of this month’s biggest surprises, especially considering a lightly refreshed 2016 model is waiting in the wings. The Bow-Tie-branded crossover sold 28,856 units in April for a 42% surge, amounting to 94,469 for the year so far — a 23.7% leap for period since January 1 compared to the same time last year.
6. Honda CR-V
Honda’s leading crossover plowed on ahead in April, as the refreshed 2015 model kept bringing people into showrooms. Reports indicate 29,452 of those people ended up leaving with one, bringing the CR-V’s sales up 3.4% for April, and up 6.7% for the year so far at 102,579 units.
5. Toyota Corolla
It took a little while for the Corolla to hit its stride, but sales of Toyota’s popular compact are well underway. Things stayed strong in April, as Toyota moved 31,990 Corollas, for a 10.1% gain in sales over April a year ago. Year-to-date, Corolla sales are up 14.9%, to 122,718.
4. Toyota Camry
Like the Corolla early in its redesign, the Camry seems to be taking its time getting up to speed. Despite the new look, sales plummeted 10.4% versus the year-ago month, though the 34,066 models that it moved was still enough to make it the best-selling non-truck on the market. To date, the Camry has just edged out its 2014 performance by 1.7% at 134,571 units.
3. Ram Pickup
Ram has flourished under its new ownership at Fiat-Chrysler, and its streak continued through April despite its product showing its age against the newer Silverado and F-Series. Ram moved 37,921 pickups in April, and has so far moved 139,432 trucks this year, good for gains of 3.4% and 4.4% respectively.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Though positions four through 10 remain fluid, the top three best-sellers remain static consistently, with little change month-to-month. That’s still the case now: Chevrolet’s Silverado finishes off at silver with 45,978 trucks moved in April, a 7.5% gain over April of last year, and its numbers since January 1 (172,672) shore up its year-to-date sales, which stand 14.7% higher than the same period of last year.
1. Ford F-Series
Fresh off its clean-sheet redesign, the Ford F-Series is still barreling along in the No. 1 spot for best-sellers. As the 2014 to 2015 changeover continues, there seem to be few signs of a hitch as Ford shores up its production with the new aluminum-clad model. It sold 62,827 models in April, amounting to a 0.9% slide over April of last year, as yearly sales so far hit 240,139, or 1.4% up. Ford could have sold more, except it’s making them as fast as it can.
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