Crossovers’ reign holds, but king loses grip

Honda CR-V: Crossover sales leader for four years.

The shift from cars to crossovers continued apace in January. Automakers chalked up 28,687 additional sales of crossovers compared with January 2015, while selling 45,026 fewer cars.

Meanwhile, about 2,500 more pickups were sold and about 11,000 more vans (credit the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Ford Transit), and about 1,000 fewer SUVs. Overall, the market was down about 4,000 vehicles in January.

Among crossover nameplates, Toyota’s RAV4 got out of the gate fast in January. It led all crossies with sales of 21,554 — 2,346 more than the Honda CR-V.

The CR-V has been the crossover sales leader for four years, but it was outsold last month not only by the RAV4, but the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape. Could an upset be brewing?

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