Top 5 Selling SUVs

Automakers have released their sales figures for the month of May 2010. Sales are much improved over the same period from a year ago. Many automakers have seen sales increase more than 20% from a year ago. Compact SUVs are faring very well in the U.S. market, with 4 of the top 5 places. American automakers hold three of the top five spots while Japanese automakers hold the other two spots.

The top five selling SUVs for May 2010 in the U.S. were:

1. Ford Escape

The Escape is Ford’s compact SUV entry. The model is available in three times with either front of four-wheel drive. In addition to a base four-cylinder engine, the Escape offers a 3.0-liter V-6 engine producing 240 horsepower. The Escape is adept in both urban and off-road environments. Ford sold 19,203 Escape’s in May 2010.

2. Honda CR-V

The CR-V is Honda’s compact SUV entry. It has great utility with available all-wheel drive and loads of cargo room, in a class with many mid-size SUVs. For 2010, Honda significantly updated the CR-V with refined styling, a quieter ride, more power, and improved fuel economy. The CR-Vs 2.4 liter 180 horsepower engine still gets 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The CR-V comes in three trim levels but does not offer a V-6 option.

3. Ford Edge

The Edge is Ford’s mid-size SUV offering. It offers a Sport version with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine producing 305 horsepower, 20 more than the base engine. The Edge Sport also has steering wheel paddle shifts. The Edge offers standard features that include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, six airbags, auto-locking power locks, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Edge does not offer third-row seating.

4. Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox is Chevy’s compact SUV offering great versatility, excellent fuel economy, and crossover styling. In addition to a 2.4 liter, 180 horsepower engine that gets 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway in front wheel drive trim, the Equinox offers a 3.0 liter V-6 option producing 264 horsepower. Available features include USB audio port, twin-screen rear entertainment system, rearview camera power lift-gate, and Bluetooth.

5. Toyota RAV4

While it is about do for a refresh, the RAV4 continues to be a strong seller for Toyota. Unlike many of its compact SUV competitors, the Toyota RAV-4 offers third row seating that folds flat into the cargo floor. The 2010 model has a more powerful 2.5 liter 179 horsepower base engine. A 3.5 liter V-6 producing 269 horsepower is an option. RAV4’s come standard with Hill-Start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control, front active headrests, and an anti-theft system. Toyota sold 13,102 RAV4s in May 2010.

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