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As dealerships reopen, these cars are the greatest post-coronavirus sales success stories

The Subaru Forester had a relatively good sales month in May.

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Though many auto dealerships did not totally stop operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, sales slumped across the country and buying a new vehicle was put on the back burner due to economic uncertainty, health, and lack of shopping opportunity. Automakers worked with dealerships and regulators to make the purchase process easier using digital document signing, pick-up and drop-off service, and initiating cleanliness guidelines for dealers.

As the world starts to open up, so too have dealerships. Americans are not shying away form purchasing and automakers are staring down supply chain issues as demand picks back up.

Some auto companies and dealers have been better at addressing the struggle during this time, turning shoppers into buyers and moving those buyers toward on-hand inventory. Though most model sales were down for May 2020 versus May 2019, a vehicles did better than expected, putting up strong numbers compared to the sales results of the first quarter of 2020. Scroll down to see the winners.

Hyundai Veloster

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It's pretty cut and dry. Hyundai sold more Velosters in May than it did in any other month in 2020 so far.

Honda Passport

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It's simple. Honda sold more Passports in May than it did in any other month in 2020 so far. Before you think that it's because Pilot and CR-V models weren't in stock, consider that those SUVs also had great months.

Acura MDX

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Sales of the Acura MDX were higher in May than they were in January, March, and April of this year. That's good news for the model, which is about to be completely redesigned.

Kia Seltos

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Sales of the Kia Seltos were just starting when the pandemic hit. The automaker sold the most Seltos models ever in May 2020, almost doubling what they sold in April.

Hyundai Tucson

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Hyundai sold nearly double the amount of Tucsons in May as they did any other vehicle. The SUV had its best month of the year (no other month came within 5,000 units).

Honda CR-V

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Honda sold more CR-Vs in the month of May than they did in any other month in 2020 so far. That's about 2.5 times more than the number of SUVs they sold in April and nearly 1.75 times as many as were sold in March. Of note, Honda introduced the CR-V Hybrid to the market during the pandemic, perhaps helping to boost those sales.

Subaru Forester

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Though down considerably year-to-date, sales of the Subaru Forester strengthened in May 2020, outselling May 2019 by over 11 percent. Its May sales were the highest of the year so far.

Genesis G70

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The luxury arm of Hyundai has bounced back nicely after slow sales in March and April. However, it's G70 is the real stand out with May 2020 being its best sales month of the year.

Kia Soul

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Kia sold more Souls in May than it did during any other month in 2020. In fact, there were about 1.65 times more Souls sold in May than there were in April.

Hyundai Palisade

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Though Kia Telluride sales have languished due to supply chain issues, its sister model, the Hyundai Palisade, has seen sales flourish. In May, the company sold more Palisades than they had in any month in 2020 so far.

Mazda Mazda3

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Mazda sold nearly double the number of Mazda3s during May than they did in April and about 45 percent more than they did in March. This makes the Mazda3 the company's best-selling car.

Honda Pilot

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Honda doubled the number of Pilots it sold in both March and April in May. The over 12,000 sold is, by far, the highest number sold per month in 2020.

Subaru WRX/STI

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The aging car, which is one of the remaining few that comes with a manual transmission offering, celebrated its best month of sales so far this year. Sales of the Subaru WRX/STI were up nearly seven percent in May 2020 compared to May 2019.

Hyundai Santa Fe

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Like the Tucson, Hyundai has seen the Santa Fe achieve the highest total number of sales in May as it has in any month of 2020. The numbers are nearly double the amount of vehicles sold in April.

Kia Stinger

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Kia Stinger sales have not been stellar, but in May they picked up a lot of momentum nearly doubling the number the company sold in March.

Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord faces stiff competition from the Toyota Camry it also faced the economic downturn by losing about half of its average monthly sales. With dealerships back open, the Accord had its second-best sales month of the year in May.

Kia Sorento

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Kia sold more Sorentos in May than they did in January, March, and April. The SUV nearly outsold the Sportage and Kia sold about 2.5 times as many Sorentos as they did Telluride. The Sorento is getting a complete redesign for the 2021 model year.

Honda Civic

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As well as the Accord did, the Civic did better, having its best sales month of 2020 so far in May - and it wasn't even close.

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Toyota teases new SUV that could be updated Sequoia

The teaser image gives zero detail on the new SUV.

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Toyota recently retook the title of world’s largest automaker and has its sights set on refreshing some of its oldest models. The Tundra full-size pickup truck got the treatment late last year, and now we’re seeing teases of a new SUV from the auto giant. The image, released yesterday, is likely of a new Sequoia, which is based on the Tundra and is equally as overdue for a refresh.

2022 Toyota Sequoia If the tease is of a new Sequoia, it will replace the 15-year-old current-generation model.Toyota

After 15 years or so on sale in its current form, the Sequoia is old enough to earn a learner’s permit of its own at this point. All of its competitors offer newer and more intuitive technology, a larger variety of advanced safety gear, and more efficient powertrains. In the teaser, we can see a sharply chiseled rear quarter panel and shapely tail lights, but not much else. If it is a Sequoia, the styling marks a significant shift in the SUV’s outward appearance.

The shadowy image is the only tidbit Toyota has shared so far, but we can draw some information from the recently released Toyota Tundra pickup truck, with which the Sequoia typically shares a platform and powertrain elements. The all-new 2022 Tundra dropped the 5.7-liter V8 that powered it for years, in favor of a pair of twin-turbo V6 engines, one of which is a hybrid. That means we could see a new Sequoia with the same engines, delivering up to 479 horsepower.

2022 Toyota Sequoia We're likely to see a TRD off-road oriented model.Toyota

The new full-size SUV will likely also get some of the tech updates that Toyota bestowed upon the new Tundra. That could mean up to a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen with a new, more intuitive user interface and over-the-air updates. Refreshed safety features are almost certainly on the list of Sequoia changes as well.

Toyota hasn’t nailed down an official reveal date or any other information for the new SUV, but has said that more details are coming soon.

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Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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