2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape side view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front detail

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape logo

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape headlight

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape lower grille

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape wheel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape wheel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape side mirror

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape taillight

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape badge

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape badge

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear fascia

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine detail

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape steering wheel controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape steering wheel controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape gauges

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape instrument panel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape navigation system

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape phone display

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape audio system controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape shifter

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape shifter

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear cargo area

The compact crossover has officially become the modern station wagon. For families that need a practical vehicle that combines reasonable fuel economy and utility, they have become a natural choice. A new study by IHS Automotive published by Polk confirms this, with the relatively young market segment taking up a rapidly increasing portion of US auto sales.

IHS examined sales of 18 mainstream compact CUVs in the US in February 2013 and looked at them again in February 2014. Sales increased by 26.7 percent among the models it studied, and their market share increased from 11.7 percent in Feb. 2013 to 14.8 percent in Feb. 2014. The study asserts that the segment is now the third largest in the country behind non-luxury midsize sedans and non-luxury compact cars.

Building a successful entrant in the compact CUV market can really boost an automaker's bottom line. For example, IHS found that the new Jeep Cherokee sold 11,795 units in February 2014, which is nearly seven-times higher than the Jeep Liberty in February 2013. Jeep brand sales were up 47.43 percent year-on-year for February.

The examiners believe that the segment's boost in popularity lies in compact crossovers giving buyers a good balance between cost, fuel economy, driving dynamics and cargo space. However, the study claims that this growth will have to slow in the coming years because every major automaker now has a vehicle in the segment, and upcoming subcompact CUVs like the Honda Vezel may eat into their bigger siblings' sales. While the market growth continues so strongly, though, don't expect carmakers to turn away from expanding their ranges of these lucrative models.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • Share This Photo X