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America's 10 best-selling crossovers since 1997

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Hong Kong gained its independence, Dolly the sheep was cloned, Princess Diana passed away. 1997 was a pivotal years for the sport utility vehicle segment as well. It marked the introduction of the Honda CR-V, the model that would go on to rival the Toyota RAV4 in popularity. Honda recently released rankings to show the ten best-selling crossovers since the debut of the CR-V.

Subaru Forester

1998 Subaru Forester

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Subaru has sold just over 2 million Foresters since it went on sale in 1998, succeeding the Subaru Bighorn, which was also sold as the Isuzu Trooper. The Forester is still one of the top-selling models in the U.S. Subaru sold nearly 30,000 of them in the first two months of 2020.

Lexus RX

1998 Lexus RX

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The Lexus RX is the original luxury crossover and you'll still see many of them on the road after over a decade of use. It got into the game a year later than the CR-V, first being sold in the U.S. in 1998. Still, it's been slightly more popular than the Forester with sales over 2 million in the last 23 years.

Honda Pilot

2004 Honda Pilot

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Honda's popular three-row SUV started its life with a boxy shape that helped it stand out from the crowd in 2002 (2004 model shown above). The second-gen Pilot got even boxier. It's currently in its third generation, which has shifted the look of the model to a more traditional shape with modern tech and family-friendly features. Honda has sold around 2,200,000 Pilots during the last 18 years.

Nissan Rogue

2007 Nissan Rogue

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The Nissan Rogue was introduced just 12 years ago. Since 2007, around 2.5 million of them have been sold. The Rogue is perennially one of the top-selling SUVs in the country and is Nissan's best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Toyota Highlander

2001 Toyota Highlander \u200b

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The Toyota Highlander has been around for six years longer than the Nissan Rogue. It debuted in 2000 and went on sale in January 2001 as a 2001 model in the U.S. At first it was a two-row model but since 2004 it has been available as a three-row SUV, eventually evolving into a three-row only format.

Chevrolet Equinox

2003 Chevrolet Equinox debut Detroit Auto Show

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Chevrolet has sold over 3 million Equinoxes since the model first came to market in 2004 as a 2005 model year SUV. At first it was a midsize crossover, then it was downsized to a compact model, making it about the same size as the Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue.

Toyota RAV4

1997 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota was one of the pioneers in the segment, launching the RAV4 in 1994. The company has sold over 4 million RAV4s since 1997 as the model has gotten bigger, safer, and more capable. Toyota has offered a variety of RAV4 models over the years from two-door variants to soft top RAV4s. It was the top-selling SUV model in 2019.

Ford Escape

2001 Ford Escape

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The Ford Escape has only been around since 2001 and its fourth-generation was introduced late last year. The model has evolved from a boxy four-door family hauler to a sleek SUV with abundant cargo capacity and an available hybrid powertrain. Ford has sold around 4.3 million Escapes since the turn of the century.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. (J-921)

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The Grand Cherokee blurs the line between SUV and crossover most on this list, but there's no doubt it's one of the most popular, no matter what you call it. Jeep has sold more Grand Cherokees since 1997 than Ford has Escapes, around 4.5 million.

Honda CR-V

1997 Honda CR-V

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In the 23 years since it debuted, Honda has sold over 5 million CR-Vs making the model the most popular crossover in the U.S. The company recently debuted the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, filling a gap in the market.


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The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue includes the technology.

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Nissan continues to roll out its Rear Door Alert (RDA) technology across its lineup. An announcement this week by the company confirmed that the alert is now available on 12 vehicles. It is expected to be available on all four-door trucks, sedans, and SUVs by 2022. That date is important as it marks the completion of a series of product rollouts the company has planned.

For model year 2020, RDA is standard on the Nissan Altima, Armada, Kicks (SV and SR), LEAF, Murano, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, TITAN (King Cab and Crew Cab) and Versa (SV and SR).

2020 Nissan rear door alert Drivers can temporarily or permanently disable the alerts in Nissan vehicles.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Rear Door Alert was developed by a pair of Nissan engineers and first installed in the 2018 Pathfinder. RDA was the industry's first system to use the horn, door sensors, and message display on the center instrument panel, to remind drivers to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked.

In Nissan vehicles, RDA works by monitoring when a rear door is open and closed before and after the vehicle is in motion. If a rear door was opened and shut before the vehicle is in motion. Once the vehicle is in park, the system will first display a notification in the instrument panel. If the driver exits the vehicle and does not open a rear door, the system progresses to distinctive chirps of the horn.

Drivers can configure and temporarily or permanently turn off RDA though a menu in the instrument cluster display or through separate RDA switch, depending on the model.

Last year, Nissan joined other vehicle manufacturers in a pledge to have a rear seat reminder feature in essentially all cars and trucks by model year 2025 or sooner. The approach that each automaker takes may be different.

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The new package gives the three-row SUV a more assertive look.

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Kia Telluride buyers will soon have one more option box they can check when ordering their three-row SUV. The company announced a new Nightfall Edition package that equips the model with black features, including wheels.

The 2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition package is available on Telluride EX AWD (with Premium Package), SX AWD, and SX Prestige models covered in Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, or the new Wolf Gray paint job. Wolf Gray is only available to models equipped with the Nightfall Edition package.

The package only includes exterior elements. Its product list features a newly designed radiator grille with a black finish and 20-inch black-finished wheels with black lug nuts and center caps, which are Nightfall Edition exclusives. It also has gloss black roof rails, greenhouse trim, lower door side molding, skid plates, front bumper side air-duct garnish, and badging. The SUV's LED headlights and fog lights feature a black inner bezel (not available on EX) and body-colored door handles (already standard on EX).

"The Telluride Nightfall Edition offers a new choice to our customers who prefer a more assertive and premium look to their family hauler or weekend adventurer," said Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. "Our biggest and boldest offering's already lofty appeal elevates with the addition of this special package."

The 2021 Telluride Nightfall Edition will arrive in showrooms beginning in the second half of the year. Pricing has not yet been announced.

The SUV is made in West Point, Georgia alongside the Sorento, which was redesigned for 2021, and Optima, which has been renamed and redesigned for the new model year.

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