The 2015 Honda Pilot was the most improved full-size crossover for January as it nearly doubled its sales from a year ago, taking over the number-two spot from the 2015 Toyota Highlander. However, the 2015 Ford Explorer remained on top of the full-size crossover segment with a very strong 28.2% sales increase.
TFLcar reached out to Honda for more details, and Honda answered that Pilot’s eight-passenger capability, good fuel economy, lower gas prices, and a nationwide “Pilot Clearance” ad campaign combined to drive higher sales in recent months.
Coming next week, TFLcar will bring you the LIVE-STREAM DEBUT of the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2015 Chevy Traverse had positive success as it grew 89.1%; it grabbed fourth place. The 2015 Hyundai SantaFe and 2015 Nissan Pathfinder had a good month as well, with The Pathfinder hopping over the 2015 GMC Acadia to secure seventh place.
Low fuel prices did not, however, appear to help the Dodge Durango or the Mazda CX-9 as both saw a decline in numbers.
Expect to see more growth in this segment if and as fuel prices continue to stay low.
Full-size Crossover – January 2015
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* Hyundai SantaFe sales include both three-row and two-row SantaFe Sport crossovers.
Check out this fun and informative TFLcar video off-road matchup between the Traverse and the Durango.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011.