Honda’s redesigned CR-V outsells Accord, Civic

Every change to a class-leading model is fraught with anxiety.

Early sales results for the redesigned 2015 CR-V suggest Honda should have little cause for concern about pole position in the compact crossover segment.

In the first month after the redesigned 2015 CR-V went on sale Oct. 1, the CR-V sold better than any nameplate in Honda’s lineup with 29,257 units sold, a 30 percent increase over last October that topped even the Civic and Accord sedans.

All together, American Honda Motor Co. sold 121,172 vehicles in October, a 6 percent increase. Propelled by the CR-V, Honda division set an October record with 105,745 vehicles sold, up 6 percent.

Acura division sales rose 8 percent to 15,427 units, driven by another month of strong demand for the brand-new TLX sedan. Acura sold 4,890 units of the midsize TLX, amounting to more than 7 out of 10 cars sold by crossover-heavy Acura in October.

“The new TLX is quickly establishing itself as a top player in the midsize luxury sedan game,” Mike Accavitti, general manager of the Acura division, said in a statement. “This early success of TLX also demonstrates the strong potential of the performance direction for the Acura product lineup."

The redesigned CR-V, now powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission, has won accolades from reviewers, including the SUV of the Year award from the magazine Motor Trend.

Through 10 months this year, the CR-V is on pace to reprise its sales crown. It has fended off last year’s second-place compact crossover, the Ford Escape, with 270,272 units sold compared with 255,081 units for the Escape.

Toyota has sold 223,593 units of the third-place RAV4.

You can reach Gabe Nelson at gnelson@crain.com

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