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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 TucsonPhoto 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 PilotPhoto 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 ElantraPhoto 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 ForesterPhoto 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 Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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