Starting with October 2016, the SUV segment started to account for roughly one in every three vehicles sold. The Nissan Rogue is driving the sales, and became the top-selling nonpickup in America. Sales of crossovers since 2012 have increased 58 percent to more than 5.6 million sold in 2016, while car sales during that time declined 7.8 percent.
Crossovers accounted for 33.9 percent, or 1.4 million, of the 4 million vehicles sold in the first quarter of 2017. The growth of crossovers comes as car sales face double-digit declines this year and the industry experienced a 1.6-percent first-quarter drop in sales — the first three-month drop to begin a year since 2009. The Rogue compact has experienced a 47 percent increase in sales during the first quarter compared with 2016 to dethrone the Toyota Camry — last year’s best-selling nonpickup. Nissan sold 101,421 of the vehicles during the first three months of the year — topping the well-established Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.