All you need to do is look around any parking lot in America to see crossovers and SUVs are taking over the roads. Although this phenomenon was exclusive to the U.S. for decades, the rest of the world is catching up — with a vengeance. In 2016, people all around the world bought a record 27.1 million SUVs, according to Drive Spark. And despite a general cooling of the automotive market, it doesn’t look like the rise of these people-movers is going to slow down anytime soon.
A big part of this rising popularity is the evolution of crossover and SUV segments. No longer the big, thirsty, truck-based behemoths they used to be, the world’s most popular models are compact, versatile, and fuel efficient. As a result, buyers from Beijing to Baltimore to Bristol are trading in their cars for these rugged yet civilized rides.
So which models make up that 27.1 million? Quite a few. In today’s climate, even companies that had no interest in the segments are going all in to boost their sales. Bentley and Jaguar released their first SUVs in 2016. Both Lamborghini and Lotus are rumored to have crossovers in the works, too. Looking at Drive Spark’s 2016 sales numbers, here are the 10 crossovers and SUVs buyers around the world can’t get enough of.
10. Ford Escape
The familiar Escape isn’t just a common sight across the U.S. It’s also a global favorite. Sold as the Kuga in most markets, Ford’s compact crossover is also available across Europe and Asia. In 2016, buyers around the world took home 371,133 units of this popular family hauler, according to Drive Spark.
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