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Automakers sold more of these cars and SUVs in April than in March

Subaru once again found success with the Foreseter in April.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Despite dealership closures, social distancing rules, and unprecedented sudden joblessness, some automakers had models that were more popular in April than they were in March. Why? Who knows?! There is seemingly no particular pattern in the list.

The list below is inclusive of autos sold my companies that report their sales totals monthly. Some, like Ford and General Motors, report quarterly so their vehicles will not be shown on the list.

Each month, AutomotiveMap updates our list of best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs in the U.S. for the calendar year. You can see them by clicking through the links.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis sold 551 G70 sedans in April, up from the 517 they sold in March. The company has been gearing up for a big year with the G80 and G90 receiving redesigns, and their first SUV, the GV80 going on sale.

The G70 is a true sports sedan. It is up for enthusiastic drives and doesn't mean being pushed a little. The car's cabin is well-appointed and the infotainment system is easy to use. Plus, it's far less pricey than its German rivals.

Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Not only did Hyundai sell more Tucsons in April than they did in March, they also bested January's totals. Nearly 8,440 vehicles that found a home in April, up from 6,073 in March.

The compact SUV, which competes against the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Though its current generation began in 2015 and the model is gearing up for a redesign, it still delivers a comfortable ride and easy-to-use infotainment system in addition to inoffensive looks.

Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are most families' go-to three-row vehicles. Honda sold around 120 more Pilots in April than they did in March (6562 vs. 6445), but the SUV's sales are way down compared to what they were in January and February.

Much of the Pilot is straight from the Honda playbook and reminiscent of the Odyssey. That's not necessarily a bad thing - Honda sells thousands of Odysseys each year.

Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Hyundai Elantra is in its last model year before a complete redesign. Though many may charge it with being nothing much to look at and a comfortable daily driver, the Elantra wins with customers because of its low price, predictable attitude, and fuel efficiency.

In April, Hyundai sold 7,536 Elantras. In March they sold just 7,430.

Kia Stinger

2020 Kia Stinger

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Only one Kia model had higher sales in April than it did in March - the Stinger. The development sister of the Genesis G70, the Stinger is the Kia version of a sports sedan. Its interior isn't as nice as the G70's and there are some differences between the way the vehicles drive. Still, it's a really good Kia.

Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The Subaru Forester was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. The 2020 model continues along the same path with a few safety upgrades. The Forester lends much of its success to solid advertising messaging as well as a product that fulfills its key customers' expectations. It's comfortable to drive, has great visibility, an holds to the road with ease thanks to its standard all-wheel drive.

Subaru sold 9431 Foresters in April, up from the 9413 they sold in March.

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The new Civic Hatchback just went on sale.

Honda

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and well-known cars of any type. Honda keeps refining the Civic formula to the point that it seems hard for the car to get any better, but that's what we're here to talk about. The 2022 model year sees the Civic enter its eleventh generation, and updates for the new model year make the car more upscale, more refined, and safer than ever before. Honda released the Civic Sedan first, but the Hatchback is now on the streets. Both cars are excellent, but we want to take a closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback. Here are three things to know about the car.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The Civic Hatchback is almost as practical as a small SUV, and it's way more fun to drive. Honda

Cargo Space

Looking at the Civic Hatchback, or any modern Civic for that matter, it's easy to start believing that there's nothing to it - that you can't use it as a proper family car. That isn't the case here, nor is it the case with the 2022 Civic Sedan. The Hatchback starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and the rear bench folds flat to open up even more room for gear. That's shy of a compact crossover, but better than many subcompact crossovers - and the Civic is infinitely more fun to drive than either. The Honda CR-V, for example, offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, but the subcompact HR-V offers just 23.2 cubic feet of space. I know which vehicle I'd rather drive, and it's the Civic Hatchback by miles and miles.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Clever design elevates the Civic above its competition.Honda

Refinement and Design

Honda's redesign of the Civic started with the Sedan, which released first. Its interior carries premium feeling materials and a grown-up design that is at odds with the Civic's reasonable price tag. There are several clever design touches like a singular metal grille that runs the length of the dash. The front air vents are concealed behind it and feature thoughtfully designed control knobs. It's a detail that isn't seen in other cars at this price point, and it's one that elevates the Civic from a budget car to one that feels special.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback All Civics come packed with safety tech.Honda

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

The Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback both earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Vehicles earn the honor by scoring "Good," "Advanced," or "Superior" in all categories, including headlights. On top of that, Honda equips the cars with plenty of advanced driver aids, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available in higher trims.

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The Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

Acura

The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

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