SCHAUMBURG, Illinois — Crossover vehicles, including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, are responsible for a seismic shift in the auto industry, according to a new report released on Monday.
Crossover-utility vehicles account for nearly 24 percent of the market in 2015, up more than 100 percent from 2006, said Experian Automotive, an information and research firm.
"While there is now a near-identical volume of vehicles registered, consumer buying habits have changed over the past nine years," the report said.
Experian Automotive said crossovers provide consumers with "a nice balance between utilitarian need and fuel economy."
"Midrange cars" came in 2nd behind crossovers in the report, followed by pickup trucks.
Alternative-power vehicles were at the bottom of the list, making up 1.7 percent of market share in 2015.
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