SUV, Crossover Sales Surpass Sedans in U.S. for the First Time Ever
This was bound to happen. With the explosion of the crossover market, it was only a matter of time before the soft-roading, jacked up wagon that we call the crossover would overtake the sedan as the top-selling vehicle class in America.
Technically, it is crossovers and SUVs, but let’s be serious about which of those to made the biggest gains in the last decade. IHS Automotive industry analyst's stated that through the first five months of this year, combined registrations for SUVs and crossovers were 36.5 percent of the U.S. car market. That narrowly edges out sedans, which were 35.4 percent of the market.
According to IHS, the swing in market share is not only on the strength of the crossover, but the decline in popularity of most other niches vehicles, such as minivans, pickups, coupes, and hatchbacks.
This new number really speaks to the strengths of the crossover. It doesn't just do one thing great, it sort of does everything really well, and that's more than we can say for some sedans and hatchbacks.