Compact crossover SUV sales booming in US

November 1, 2013 • National News

In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 photo, Kirk Schneider, who owns Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City, stands by a Subaru Forester at his dealership, in Salt Lake City. Subaru introduced the reworked Forester in the spring. It’s bigger inside and gets better gas mileage, so it appeals to baby boomers and families as well as traditional buyers, said Schneider. It was Subaru’s top-selling vehicle last month. U.S. sales are up 50 percent this year to more than 84,000. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

DETROIT (AP) — Aging baby boomers. Couples with small kids. Single people with dogs.

All three groups love compact crossover SUVs, utility vehicles built mainly on small-car frames that are among the hottest-selling vehicles in the U.S.

So far this year, sales of the versatile, high-sitting hatchbacks such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are up more than 20 percent.

From 2000 through last year, annual U.S. sales of small crossovers quadrupled, from just over 405,000 to well above 1.6 million, according to LMC Automotive, an industry data and Login to read more

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