The major players – the top selling crossovers June 2011 – haven’t change positions in the top five spots since May. However, in spots six through ten, the Nissan Rogue moves up to number eight.

We’ll cover the five top selling crossovers June 2011 in some detail and mention the rest of the top ten at the end.

1. 2011 Ford EscapeJune sales of the 2011 Ford Escape totaled 22,274, keeping the compact Escape at the top of the crossover best-seller list. For the calendar year through June, the Escape racked up sales of 122,607, up 24 percent from the same period in 2010. Ford touts the fact that 50 percent of all Escapes sold are with four-cylinder engines. That’s up from 40 percent just a few years ago. Here’s what Consumer Guide has to say about the Escape: “Ford’s compact crossover has its strengths, including an excellent 6-speed automatic transmission, comfortable passenger accommodations, and the availability of a frugal gas/electric hybrid model.”

2. 2011 Chevrolet EquinoxGaining a few sales in June over its May total, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox remains in solid second place, selling 17,954 units during the month. Year-to-date sales of 95,838 are up 43.1 percent over year-ago levels. The compact Equinox and its corporate sibling GMC Terrain (number nine top selling crossovers June 2011) achieve and EPA rating of 32 mpg highway fuel economy. Kelley Blue Book observes, “We all know how much Americans love their SUVs, so when Chevrolet introduced the Equinox, a smaller, less-expensive and more fuel-efficient version of the traditional SUV, its acceptance among buyers seemed a no-brainer.”

3. 2011 Honda CR-VThe 2011 Honda CR-V compact five-passenger crossover sold 15,493 units in the month of June and 110,916 for the calendar year to-date. That is up 26.8 percent over the same period in 2010 and for the six-month time period puts the CR-V in second place. No optional third-row seat and lack of a V-6 engine are two drawbacks but, as Edmunds says, “Well-rounded and a great choice for families, the 2011 Honda CR-V is one of our favorite compact crossover SUVs.”

4. 2011 Ford ExplorerFord’s all-new 2011 Explorer midsize crossover continues to attract buyers with its snazzy looks, deft handling, EPA-rated 25 mpg highway fuel economy and numerous features. June sales totaled 10,422 while through June the Explorer sold 65,823 units, up 106.6 percent from the same time last year. This six-month sales total beats the 60,687 Explorers sold during 2010 – just as Ford predicted. Edmunds notes that “the new 2011 Ford Explorer is much more in tune with what today’s crossover shoppers are looking for. It drives well, gets good fuel economy for its class and still retains the versatility that made people like SUVs in the first place.”

5. 2011 Kia SorentoThe 2011 Kia Sorento is the Korean automaker’s best-selling nameplate for the past 18 consecutive months. With June sales of 10,013 and year-to-date sales totaling 61,778, it’s easy to see why. Autoblog observes, “We’d have to say that Kia has pretty much nailed the bullseye with its 2011 Sorento by offering exactly the kind of vehicle the American consumer has proven it wants.”

As for the rest of the list of top selling crossovers June 2011, here are the winners for spots six through ten: 2011 Ford Edge (9,663), 2011 Toyota RAV4 (9,105), 2011 Nissan Rogue (7,493), 2011 GMC Terrain (6,989), and 2011 Chevrolet Traverse (6,787).

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