Bottom line, an SUV is an exceptional functional all purpose option for far more lifestyles, than a sedan. People are clearly realizing that, based on trends.
SUVs/Crossovers have their market like sedans do.
Looking at trends for the US, Civic and Corolla were down -4% and up 1% at over 78k units each. While CR-V was up 6% and RAV4 was down -8% at 83k and 87k respectively. So for Honda they sold about 4k more 'compact' segment suv/crosover models than the sedan. While Toyota sold 9k more suv/crossovers than cars. With both cars and suv/crossovers being relatively flat and 'sharing' the segment.
Looking at midsize, Accord was up 5% while Camry was down -10%, but sales were 64k+ and 81k+, while their midsize suv/crossovers the Pilot was -13% at 33k and Highlander was down -.05 and 52k+.
So it looks like compact suv/crossovers are flat against sedans, while midsize suv/crossovers are well below sedans in that segment. Which could explain why Escape being down -10% hurts Ford more because there is no Focus in NA to counter those sales. And with Exploerer being down just -1% but sales about 62k, it's almost able to balance sales with Accord at 64k, not not close to Camry at 81k+, while Fusion set for cancellation continues to slide and offer no sales balance for Explorer.
So looking at the 'trends' cars are stabalizing and SUV/Crossovers are are falling or are flat. April should offer more of the same with cars gaining traction and the more expensive SUV/crossovers slipping partially due to many receiving much smaller tax refund checks than expected due to the new tax law that let them keep more and spend it early on.
Either way this does not look good for Ford's plan for a more expensive SUV/Crossover lineup, when consumers are beginning to look fore more practical and cost effective transportation. The $6k to $8k price hight between a sedan/5-door and a SUV/Crossover in the same segment is being noticed by consumers.
Oh wait...I forgot about Edge since it's midsize....it was too far down the sales charts. Down -5% at almost 31k. Compare that with midsize sedan sales from Accord and Camry, but even cancelled Fusion at 43k and down -3% is outselling Edge.