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Ranked: 20 best-selling new SUVs in the U.S. in 2020

The Ford Explorer is perennially one of the top-selling models in the U.S.

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The market continues to welcome new and significantly refreshed SUVs as we head toward the 2021 model year. With consistent new product on the market, it's no wonder that most of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. are these models.

Below is a list of the best-selling SUVs through June 8, 2020. Many automakers report their sales results quarterly. These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers and not a third party.

The vehicles on this list are bound to change order as new information becomes available. Stay tuned!

To see the 20 best-selling new SUVs in the U.S. in 2019 click here.

No. 20 - Kia Sorento (29,603 sold)

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The Kia Sorento is about due for a makeover but that hasn't stopped buyers from liking the one dealerships are currently offering for sale. The three-row SUV competes with the Kia Telluride but it has less rugged styling and a more crossover-like body. Still, it comes loaded with a good amount of safety features and tech in its most premium grades.

No. 19 - Jeep Compass (29,820 sold)

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The Jeep Compass looks a lot like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it shouldn't be mistaken for one. This smaller Jeep features good passenger space and a well-equipped cabin but doesn't have the power that the Grand Cherokee delivers. Still, it's a competent off-roader.

No. 18 - Chevrolet Traverse (30,095 sold)

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The Chevrolet Traverse is a competent three-row SUV that is favored by many Americans. Chevy has made the vehicle capable, but it's not an off-roader by any stretch of the imagination. The Traverse is available in a number of flashy trim levels though it doesn't have as many available packages as the Colorado or Silverado.

No. 17 - Kia Sportage (31,597 sold)

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The Kia Sportage competes against some of the industry's heavy hitters including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. It has a wide variety of trim levels from the budget-friendly base model and the plush near-premium top grade. The Sportage has good passenger space and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

No. 16 - Jeep Cherokee (33,675 sold)

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The Jeep Cherokee is compact, but it packs a heck of a punch. Four adults can fit comfortably into the modern four-wheel drive SUV. It has one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems available. Jeep has made the Cherokee's steering properly weighted to allow for easy maneuvering through rocks or parking lots.

No. 15 - Subaru Crosstrek (35,491 sold)

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The Crosstrek isn't the most powerful model in Subaru's lineup, nor is it the most modern. It is a formidable subcompact that hits the nail on the head for many practical shoppers. With standard all-wheel drive, engaging handling, and gobs of cargo space, the Crosstrek is worth a test drive.

No. 14 - Hyundai Santa Fe

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The Hyundai Santa Fe was recently downsized to make room in Hyundai's lineup for the three-row Palisade. The model retains the daily driver functionality that made it appealing in the first place, while giving owners a high-quality interior filled with premium-level materials and features.

No. 13 - Jeep Wrangler (39,668 sold)

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Buyers waited a long time for a Jeep Wrangler with modern electronics and convenience features in it. The redesigned JL delivers with that and more. The Wrangler is still a competent off-roader but it's so much more family-friendly than before. There's even a new Eco-Diesel powertrain.

No. 12 - Honda Pilot (42,687 sold)

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The Honda Pilot is a three-row SUV with a lot to offer. It has gotten more robust over the years and now offers torque-vectoring technology and drive modes. The Pilot is a more capable off-roader than many give it credit for. It's also got plenty of space for adults in its third row, which is not something many three-row SUVs can brag about.

No. 11 - Hyundai Tucson (47,725 sold)

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The Hyundai Tucson delivers on a lot what empty nesters and young professionals are looking for in a compact SUV. It's plush and premium in its top trim levels, has high safety scores, and comes with a long warranty. The Tucson is comfortable enough to serve as a daily driver or road trip warrior.

No. 10 - Toyota Highlander (47,890 sold)

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The Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. The three-row SUV is loaded with standard and available features, is available as a front- or all-wheel drive hybrid, and is available for a competitive price. If you're already a fan of the Highlander, this will make you like it even more.

No. 9 - Ford Escape (48,117 sold)

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The Ford Escape has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. It features a cavernous cargo area, spacious seating, and easy low-speed handling. This Escape rides better than the last and its interior has been upgraded. New powertrain options include a PHEV and there's a long list of standard and available safety features.

No. 8 - Jeep Grand Cherokee (50,083 sold)

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee trim level lineup has been reduced from 12 to seven for the 2020 model year. Other than that, there are no significant changes to the Grand Cherokee. The Jeep remains a competent off-roader that can be optioned up to gain impressive track prowess, or kept at a moderate price for comfortable cruising.

No. 7 - Mazda CX-5 (52,571 sold)

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Mazda may be best known for the Miata but their top-selling vehicle is the CX-5, a compact SUV. The CX-5 delivers an engaging drive that excels whether accelerating or cruising. Its handling is engaging and seats are comfortable. Reviewers typically say that the usability of its infotainment system is not up to par with other vehicles in its class.

No. 6 - Ford Explorer (56,310 sold)

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Ford redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year making it stronger, more capable, and more fuel efficient than before. It comes with a number of engine options, including the Explorer Hybrid model. The Explorer is roomy and easy to maneuver, but its infotainment system isn't as easy to use as other vehicles in its class.

No. 5 - Nissan Rogue (59,716)

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The Nissan Rogue is a few years past its prime, but that hasn't stopped it from being a formidable choice for buyers. Nissan has given the compact SUV comfortable seats, a modern-enough infotainment system, and fuel efficiency. It's equally at home in the city on on the highway.

No. 4 - Subaru Forester (66,370 sold)

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Practical adventurers love the Subaru Forester for its on- and off-road prowess, engaging drive dynamics, and massive cargo space. The fact that it's one of the safest vehicles sold today doesn't hurt either. New for 2020, buyers get standard rear seat reminder and lane centering technology, which first appeared in the 2020 Outback, is available.

No. 3 - Chevrolet Equinox (73,435 sold)

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The Chevrolet Equinox is quite a good compact SUV. It competes against some heavy hitters in the industry, but stands as the top-selling non-truck model in Chevy's lineup. It comes with a long list of standard and available safety technology, a good amount of cargo space, and comfortable seats. The Equinox is easy to maneuver.

No. 2 - Toyota RAV4 (97,631 sold)

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The completely redesigned Toyota RAV4 arrived at dealership lots in 2019 ready to make a big splash. It has a completely redesigned body style, new off-road prowess, and an efficient hybrid variant. The SUV has abundant passenger space and a good amount of room for cargo.

No. 1 - Honda CR-V (112,410 sold)

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Honda has revised the CR-V inside and out for the 2020 model year. They're even going to be selling a new CR-V Hybrid. The perennial favorite for buyers still delivers on fuel efficiency and cargo space, as well as affordability.

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The Rivian R1T is undergoing final testing in Arizona.

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Four new performance testing videos featuring the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck have dropped on YouTube. Three of the videos show a specific area of performance while the last wraps it all up showcasing a trail ride. Whether you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, truck fan, or someone who enjoys the road less traveled (or a combination thereof), there's something for everyone.

The first video hones in on the launch performance of the truck. The R1T, like other electric vehicles, has power at all four wheels, giving it instant torque when the driver presses on the accelerator. The wildly wrapped R1T rapidly gains speed as it heads down a dirt path. Watch the video below.

The second video features the R1T drifting around a series of corners at a controlled facility in the Arizona desert. With the dust kicked up, the effect is dramatic. Late last year, Rivian showcased its model's ability to complete a tank turn. The company has already trademarked the phrases "Tank Steer" and "Tank Turn". You can see the drifting video below.

The third video Rivian posted features an off-roading adventure with the R1T speeding down a desert trail. The drive is a test for the dynamics of the vehicle which will have to compete with the suspension and handling capabilities of traditional trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra when it comes to market. Watch the video below.

Rivian says, "Last weekend, we grabbed our cameras and chased a few engineers around the desert as they put the R1T through its paces." The video shows off trail riding, rock climbing, and some on-track driving. Let's be honest, this one is the most exciting - especially the rick climbing bit. You can watch the full video below.

Rivian is looking to start deliveries of the vehicle in 2021. Production was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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