The SUVs Buyers Around the World Can’t Get Enough Of
All you need to do is look around any parking lot in America to see crossovers and SUVs are taking over the roads. Although this phenomenon was exclusive to the U.S. for decades, the rest of the world is catching up — with a vengeance. In 2016, people all around the world bought a record 27.1 million SUVs, according to Drive Spark. And despite a general cooling of the automotive market, it doesn’t look like the rise of these people-movers is going to slow down anytime soon.
A big part of this rising popularity is the evolution of crossover and SUV segments. No longer the big, thirsty, truck-based behemoths they used to be, the world’s most popular models are compact, versatile, and fuel efficient. As a result, buyers from Beijing to Baltimore to Bristol are trading in their cars for these rugged yet civilized rides.
So which models make up that 27.1 million? Quite a few. In today’s climate, even companies that had no interest in the segments are going all in to boost their sales. Bentley and Jaguar released their first SUVs in 2016. Both Lamborghini and Lotus are rumored to have crossovers in the works, too. Looking at Drive Spark’s 2016 sales numbers, here are the 10 crossovers and SUVs buyers around the world can’t get enough of.
10. Ford Escape
The familiar Escape isn’t just a common sight across the U.S. It’s also a global favorite. Sold as the Kuga in most markets, Ford’s compact crossover is also available across Europe and Asia. In 2016, buyers around the world took home 371,133 units of this popular family hauler, according to Drive Spark.
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9. Nissan Rogue
The Rogue’s recent explosion of popularity isn’t just limited to the American market. In 2016, Nissan’s compact crossover sold 373,436 units worldwide, good enough for the ninth spot on our list. Buyers love the Rogue’s comfortable ride, dependable powertrain (a hybrid version is available, too), and competitive pricing.
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8. Nissan X-Trail
Nissan has clearly figured out a winning formula with its crossover lineup, which continues with the midsize X-Trail. Slotting in between the Rogue and Pathfinder, the X-Trail is a sales boon for the brand in Asian and European markets. Despite not being offered in the U.S., buyers around the world snapped up 412,729 examples in 2016.
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7. Nissan Qashqai
If you can’t pronounce the name Qashqai, that’s OK. Nissan doesn’t offer the nameplate here. But if it has a familiar face, it’s because we get it as the Rogue Sport. Slightly smaller than the regular Rogue, the Qashquai has been a popular model across Europe and Asia since 2006. In 2016, including U.S. sales, Nissan sold 449,520 units around the world.
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6. Kia Sportage
In the U.S., the Sportage is an up-and-coming contender in the compact crossover segment. But its standard features, high reliability marks, and superior fit-and-finish make it a favorite around the world. In 2016, its distinctive new design won over more buyers than ever before. The Korean brand sold 492,666 examples of its crossover.
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5. Volkswagen Tiguan
Due to its high price and aging architecture, the Tiguan never quite caught on with American buyers. In the rest of the world, however, it’s a different story. Thanks to both short- and long-wheelbase versions and a number of gas and diesel powertrains available in other markets, the Tiguan is incredibly popular in Europe and China. In 2016, Volkswagen sold an impressive 519,656 units.
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4. Haval H6
The Haval H6 is virtually unknown in America, but in Europe and China it’s incredibly popular. Built by the Great Wall Motor Company Limited, the H6 is available in both Sport and Range Rover Evoque-esque Coupe trims. Starting at around $18,000, the H6 is a lot of truck for the money. The Chinese company sold 580,683 H6s in 2016.
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3. Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai has never been known as a truck or SUV brand, but that might change very soon. Thanks to good build quality, one of the most comprehensive warranties in the world, and an affordable price, the midsize Tucson is one of the most popular SUVs in the world. In 2016, Hyundai sold an impressive 639,053 Tucsons, more than doubling 2015’s sales numbers.
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2. Toyota Rav4
America’s sixth-best selling model overall is the takes the penultimate spot on this list. With a compact footprint, tons of interior room, and bulletproof reliability, the Toyota Rav4 is wildly popular around the world. In 2016, eager buyers put 662,046 new Rav4s on the road.
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1. Honda CR-V
Like Hyundai, Honda isn’t exactly known for its trucks and SUVs. But when it comes to sales, it’s the SUV king. The compact CR-V has long been a strong seller around the world. But in recent years, it’s reached a whole new level of popularity. In 2016 alone, Honda sold a whopping 752,670 units, making it far and away the world’s preferred SUV.