Movers and Losers: July's Top 10 SUVs, Crossovers

By David Thomas  on August 12, 2008

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Our new Movers and Losers format isn’t getting universal approval, but it does seem to be painting the picture we’ve always intended it to. It’s clear that new and redesigned models are selling quickly despite slumping overall sales, even in the SUV segment. 

While the Ford Flex is selling quickly, the total number of units sold isn’t as impressive as the Buick Enclave’s, so it still has a ways to go. Of course, Ford hasn’t ramped up a full advertising campaign yet, and reviews are just now hitting the internet.

The new Honda Pilot is also selling quickly, but as many readers will notice, its sales are down compared to last year. We wonder if Honda is limiting production early to keep demand high, or if potential Pilot buyers are feeling the economic crunch. Check out the full list of winners and losers below. We’re no longer breaking down luxury and non-luxury models either. 

Top 10 Movers

  • 2008 Lexus LX 570: 9 days / +277.7% / 877 units
  • 2009 Ford Flex: 12 days / new model / 2,204 units
  • 2008 Infiniti FX35: 12 days / +19.2% / 1,729 units
  • 2008 Lexus RX 400h: 18 days / +3.9% / 1,439 units
  • 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 20 days / +12% /  1,371 units
  • 2009 Subaru Forester: 20 days / +51% / 5,559 units
  • 2009 Honda Pilot: 25 days / -47.4% / 7,486
  • 2009 VW Tiguan: 28 days / new model / 846 units
  • 2008 Buick Enclave: 29 days / +28% / 3,894 units
  • 2008 Honda CR-V: 31 days / -20% / 17,419 units

When you hear things are bad for SUVs, the list below is what’s being discussed. Sales drops of 54%, 61%, 72% and 84% are huge. Trying to wrap our heads around the Durango’s measly 384 units is too much to take for a Tuesday. 

Top 10 Losers

  • 2008 Dodge Durango: 177 days / -84% / 384 units
  • 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor: 176 days / +22.6% / 764 units
  • 2008 Hummer H3: 175 days / -64.9% / 1,422 units
  • 2008 Suzuki XL7: 165 days / +5% / 1,812 units
  • 2008 Nissan Armada: 140 days / -23.4% / 1,699 units
  • 2008 GMC Yukon: 130 days / -40% / 3,087
  • 2008 Chevy TrailBlazer: 130 days / -72.8% / 3,952 units
  • 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara: 121 days / -8% / 1,256 units
  • 2008 Jeep Commander: 121 days / -54% / 2,755
  • 2008 Mercury Mountaineer: 119 days / -61.1% / 572 units

Movers and Losers: July Top 10


Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David


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