The Nissan Rogue is No Scoundrel, It’s a Best-Seller: January 2018 Compact Crossover Sales Report

As we kick off 2018, almost all non-luxury compact crossovers saw a boom in sales.

January 2018 has drawn to a close. And when the month draws to a close, the sales figures roll in. This month was a great month for almost every compact crossover model. The Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Compass, and Chevy Equinox all underwent significant redesigns for the 2018 model year. Other sales heavy hitters, like the Nissan Rogue, also received big tech updates.

Check out the list below for this month’s sales figures for non-luxury compact crossovers. These models include those mentioned above, plus models such as the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and Ford Escape. Luxury compact crossover sales figures are coming soon!


1) Nissan Rogue

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January 2018 Sales: 36,184 units

Nissan’s Rogue received a major tech update for 2018 in the form of ProPilot Assist. Nissan had no trouble selling the Rogue in the first place – even in 2017, they sold more than the second best-selling car on this list. However, with a good range of standard equipment and a starting price of $24,800 for the base S model, the Rogue is an appealing option for a wide range of buyers. As a result, January 2018 Rogue sales are up 25.8% over the same time in 2017. The Rogue set its own sales record, and it was the best-seller in the compact crossover segment in January, by a wide margin.

2) Toyota RAV4

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January 2018 Sales: 26,655 units

Toyotas are some of the best-selling cars on the roads, and for good reason. They’re solid, reliable, spacious, and efficient. From $24,510 and up, there are options from a base LE all the way up to a fully-loaded platinum model. Buyers are going for the RAV4, as sales are up 20.3% over January 2017.

3) Chevy Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
[Photo: Derek Mau]

January 2018 Sales: 26,405 units

The redesigned 2018 Equinox is Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle, after it’s Silverado line of trucks. They’ve sold over 2 million models to date, and sales aren’t slowing anytime soon. In fact, the Equinox has managed to unseat a major Japanese automaker’s compact crossover offering this month – the Honda CR-V. Sales for the model are up 50.3% from the same time in 2017, prior to the redesign.

4) Honda CR-V

2017 honda cr-v
[Photo: Honda]

January 2018 Sales: 24,326 units

Like the Toyota RAV4, Honda’s CR-V has long been a crossover that appeals to a wide audience. It’s good-looking, spacious, practical, and efficient. Just what most families who buy crossovers are looking for. However, as we move into the second month of 2018, CR-V sales slid. Coincidentally, sales of the CR-V fell by 20.3%, while RAV4 sales increased by 20.3%.

5) Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape SE
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January 2018 Sales: 19,847 units

In what’s arguably the hottest automotive segment right now, the Ford Escape has usually been among the top five best sellers. This month, the Escape hangs on to that distinction, but it is lagging behind its major Japanese rivals. This is still one of Ford’s best-selling cars, but sales have fallen off by 8.0% compared to January 2017.

6) Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5
[Photo: Mazda]

January 2018 Sales: 13,463 units

To say the CX-5 is Mazda’s bread-and-butter model is an understatement. As the market has shifted toward crossovers, sales of Mazda’s CX-5 have increased significantly. The Japanese automaker revamped the model for 2017, and boy, are people taking to the facelift nicely. Sales for the CX-5 are up a whopping 67% over this time in 2017.

7) Subaru Forester

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January 2018 Sales: 10,848 units

Subaru’s Forester has long been a strong, steady seller, reliably selling between 12,000 and 18,000 units a month for the past two years. The Forester is one of the blockier crossovers, which makes it great for practicality. This month, however, sales seem to be a bit slow. At 10,848 units, the Forester’s down 16.6% on this time in 2017.

8) Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
[Photo: TFLcar]

January 2018 Sales: 10,192 units

In January 2017, sales of the Compass and its smaller sibling, the Patriot, were flagging. FCA replaced both models with the all-new Compass last year. With the Compass, you can buy an entry-level Sport, a nicer, street-focused Limited, or the off-road capable Trailhawk. As of January 2018, Compass sales have doubled over last year (Up 222% over the 3,164 Compass units sold in 2017).

9) Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson
[Photo: Hyundai Tucson]

January 2018 Sales: 7,638 units

Recent Hyundai models have enjoyed a reputation of attractive styling, high-quality interiors, and plenty of features in the higher trim levels. That’s no exception with its compact crossover offering, the Tucson. Plus, it helps that the cars are backed by one of the best warranties in the business, at 10 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain. Sales for the Tucson are up by 33.3% over this time in 2017.

10) GMC Terrain

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January 2018 Sales: 7,130 units

The brand new GMC Terrain sports attractive styling, and it comes in at just under $25,000. GMC also slotted in a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The brand isn’t a titanic seller like Chevrolet is, but sales in January 2018 picked up 14.2% over the same time in 2017.

11) Volkswagen Tiguan

Great American Road Trip Through Yellowstone National Park: Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan Double Feature
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January 2018 Sales: 6,336 units

The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan represents a step up in terms of size over the outgoing model. This 2018 redesign closes the gap left by the departure of the Touareg and the emergence of the larger Atlas. At this time in 2017, Volkswagen moved 3,516 old Tiguans. Right now, they’ve shifted 6,336 examples of the 2018 model.

12) Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2WD
[Photo: Kia]

January 2018 Sales: 5,712 units

Kia’s Sportage presents a potentially polarizing face to buyers in the market for a new compact crossover. However, as has been the way with Kia lately, it offers up an attractive interior. Also, like its cousin the Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage offers a 10 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Sales of the Sportage are up this month over January 2017 by 23.5%.

13) Mitsubishi Outlander

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
[Photo: Mitsubishi]

January 2018 Sales: 3,320 units (including PHEV)

Mitbushi’s Outlander received some new styling details for 2018. There’s also some interior improvements and a useful amount of standard equipment to keep it on par with its competition. The Outlander does feature modern safety tech, such as Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Change Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring. Sales are improving as of January 2018. Mitsubishi actually sold 3,320 units, including their new plug-in hybrid model – nearly double the units they moved in January 2017 (Up 96.6%).

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