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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 February 3, 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!

No. 20 - Mazda CX-9 (2,552 sold)

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The Mazda CX-9 is an engaging family hauler with a good amount of passenger space. It comes with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In recent years, Mazda has updated the three-row SUV's suspension and ride quality to make it more appealing.

No. 19 - Honda Passport (2,846 sold)

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The Honda Passport is back. Designed to be trail-ready, this luxe family hauler is a good choice for families or empty nesters who want and upgraded, near-premium two-row SUV but don't want to break the bank. The Passport was especially capable and comfortable when AutomotiveMap tested it in Yosemite National Park last year and while camping in the Roofnest Sparrow.

No. 18 - Acura MDX (2,961 sold)

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The Acura MDX is a three-row SUV that is the automaker's premium counter punch to the Honda Pilot. The MDX hasn't had any major changes for the 2020 model year as production of the current generation winds down to make room for the next. Still, it's a comfortable and fuel-efficient option for families.

No. 17 - Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (3,011 sold)

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While the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn't on the tips of the tongues of many American automobile magazine enthusiasts, it is a winner with the buying public. Mitsubishi has quietly been upgrading and updating the model over the last few years, making it more modern while still keeping the price competitive.

No. 16 - Acura RDX (3,493 sold)

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With its agile handling, plush and premium interior, and aggressive looks, the Acura RDX is a top-seller in its class. The fuel-efficient family car is loaded with approachable technology and now comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

No. 15 - Mitsubishi Outlander (3,891 sold)

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The Mitsubishi Outlander wins points for being one of the more affordable three-row SUVs on the market today. It's bigger than the Outlander Sport and is relatively fuel efficient. Like the Outlander Sport, the Outlander has been upgraded over the last few years to make it more marketable.

No. 14 - Hyundai Kona (4,208 sold)

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The Hyundai Kona is an excellent subcompact SUV. It comes in two variants: gasoline-only and all-electric. The Kona has received minor updates since its 2018 model year launch including available adaptive cruise control and a new grade lineup. Its base engine is good but the turbocharged upgrade is worth the extra money. For its price, the interior of the Kona is well appointed.

No. 13 - Kia Telluride (4,919 sold)

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The Kia Telluride burst onto the scene last year and created quite a splash in the three-row SUV world. It's rugged yet well-appointed and sports a fancy, unique face that makes passersby take notice. Adults can fit in all of the Telluride's rows and enjoy its high-tech features.

No. 12 - Hyundai Palisade (5,432 sold)

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With a premium cabin and sleek exterior, the Hyundai Palisade sets itself apart from the bold Kia Telluride, with whom it shares a power plant. The model features the high-tech safety and convenience features, comfortable seating, and a good amount of cargo space.

No. 11 - Kia Sorento (5,470 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. 10 - Subaru Ascent (5,606 sold)

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Subaru debuted the long-awaited Ascent in 2019, finally giving its solid customer base a three-row SUV to purchase. It's gone over well with buyers, and that's not a surprise. Despite its competent but not invigorating engine, the Ascent is a winner because of its passenger space, and appointments and handling that are right on par for what Subaru fans expect.

No. 9 - Kia Sportage (6,741 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. 8 - Hyundai Santa Fe (7,148 sold)

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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. 7 - Honda HR-V (7,457 sold)

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Honda's HR-V slots below the CR-V in the company's lineup but still offers a good amount of passenger space for a subcompact SUV. One of its biggest selling points is the HR-V's versatility. It has undersea storage in the second row and a good amount of cargo space as well as a higher seating position than the typical sedan.

No. 6 - Honda Pilot (7,765 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. 5 - Hyundai Tucson (8,068 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. 4 - Subaru Crosstrek (8,131 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. 3 - Mazda CX-5 (12,908 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. 2 - Subaru Forester (13,209 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.1 - Honda CR-V (26,027 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.

Despite the price of cars continuing to rise, there are still quite a few that come in under $20,000.

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Cars are an expensive commodity. Since many Americans are not purchasing houses, an automobile can often be the highest priced purchase of a lifetime. According to analysts at Kelley Blue Book, the average transaction price for a new car is now approaching $39,000 (based on December 2019 data), but there are plenty of options available well below that average for folks on a budget. With prices starting around $13,000, quality new vehicles are available, complete with new car warranties and a surprising number of standard features.

Here's a look at the least expensive 2020 models available in America — all priced below $20,000. We'll start with the most expensive first.

2020 Honda Civic

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Base MSRP: $19,850
The 10th generation of this popular car debuted early in 2017 featuring fresh styling, improved aerodynamics, new vehicle architecture, a more spacious interior and two new engines.

Last year Honda gave the Civic a light refresh and added more content. The Civic LX sedan with a six-speed manual transmission is the least expensive in the lineup but it is built in limited numbers with the manual gearbox. Every LX has automatic climate control, a 160-watt audio system, a 5.0-inch LCD display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, automatic high-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights. Standard equipment on the Civic also includes Honda Sensing, which has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

2020 Toyota Corolla

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Base MSRP: $19,600
Toyota offers an all-new Corolla for the 2020 model year; although a bit more expensive than the outgoing model, it still has a starting price below $20,000. Introduced more than 50 years ago, this compact sedan has been around for 12 generations.

The Corolla L is the lowest priced trim in the lineup and comes well equipped with an AM/FM audio system with six speakers, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera and LED headlights. Also standard is Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control and road sign assist.

​2020 Hyundai Elantra

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Base MSRP: $19,150
Hyundai gave its best-selling Elantra a complete styling update for the 2019 model year, including a new hood, front fascia, grille and headlights. Taillights are also new, as are the wheel designs. The 2020 model gets a bit of a price increase; however, Hyundai has added more standard equipment.

The lowest price SE comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, projector headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 5.0-inch touchscreen display, forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assist and driver attention warning. Also standard is Hyundai's new Intelligent Variable Transmission, which replaces the six-speed automatic and 6-speed manual.

2020 Nissan Sentra

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Base MSRP: $19,090
A member of the Nissan lineup for more than 35 years, Sentra is all new for the 2020 model year. With styling that matches the rest of its siblings, the 2020 Sentra gets added safety features, more power, better handling and a range of other improvements.

The entry-level Sentra S comes well equipped with air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, an AM/FM audio system with four speakers, a USB port, pushbutton start, a rearview monitor, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and 16-inch steel wheels with covers. Also standard is Safety Shield 360 which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot warning, rear-door alert, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, rear automatic braking and lane departure warning.

​2019 Nissan Frontier

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Base MSRP: $19,290
As one of the oldest models in the Nissan portfolio, the Frontier pickup is clearly holding its own. Featuring more than 20 different configurations, Frontier can be had as a King Cab or Crew Cab, with rear- or four-wheel drive, as well as with long or short truck beds. Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter 152-horsepower 4-cylinder unit or a 4.0-liter V6 producing a more respectable 261 horsepower.

For those willing to spend a bit more, Frontier can be equipped with a variety of features including a heavy-duty suspension, available off-road-tuned Bilstein high-pressure performance gas shock absorbers, skidplates (PRO-4X grade), and an innovative Utili-track Cargo System for easy cargo securing. Rumors of a new Frontier have been swirling about lately, although Nissan has not confirmed the speculation.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta

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Base MSRP: $18,895
Last year Volkswagen introduced an all-new Jetta built on a completely new platform, and it has a sleek coupelike design giving it a sporty look. The car is longer, wider and taller than the previous version, which not only gives the Jetta its new look, it translates into a more spacious cabin.

The S trim anchors the Jetta lineup, well equipped with standard features that include LED headlights, a 6.5-inch color touchscreen, two USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, automatic post-collision braking and 16-inch alloy wheels. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the Jetta S; an available eight-speed automatic adds $800 to the price

2020 Nissan Kicks

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Base MSRP: $18,870
An all-new model in the Nissan lineup for 2019, Kicks takes its place as an entry-level crossover positioned below the Rogue Sport. One of a growing number of crossovers that do not offer all-wheel drive, the front-drive Kicks is available in three trims.

The base-level S comes well equipped for the price, featuring air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, an AM/FM/CD audio system with eight speakers, a rearview camera, three USB outlets and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. For 2020 Nissan adds the full Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking and lane departure warning.

2020 Hyundai Veloster

Base MSRP: $18,800
An all-new Veloster rolled out last year with a refreshed design as well as other improvements. This sporty coupe continues to stand out with its unique three-door configuration: one door on the driver's side, two on the passenger side.

The base Veloster 2.0 is powered by a 147-horserpower engine and comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, a rear spoiler, a 6-speed manual transmission and 17-inch alloy wheels. Forward collision avoidance and lane-keeping assist are also standard.

2020 Subaru Impreza

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Base MSRP: $18,695
Subaru's compact entry gets a slight refresh for the 2020 model year and is still equipped with a 2.0-liter Boxer engine producing 152 horsepower directed to Subaru's full-time all-wheel-drive system. The stylish small car is also fuel efficient, achieving up to 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with the continuously variable transmission.

Standard features on the base-level Impreza include a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a split-folding rear seat, a rearview camera and a five-speed manual transmission. The CVT adds $1,300 to the price, but CVT-equipped Imprezas also come with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology.

2020 Kia Forte

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Base MSRP: $17,890
Completely redesigned last year with updated features and a fresh new look, the Kia Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter 147-horsepower engine matched to a six-speed manual gearbox; the base-level Forte FE is EPA rated at 37 mpg on the highway. Standard equipment on this small sedan includes air-conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera with dynamic parking guide, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, forward collision avoidance, lane-departure warning and driver attention warning.

2020 Kia Soul

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Base MSRP: $17,490
The Kia Soul is all new for the 2020 model year featuring fresh styling and an array of new features. Even as the Soul retains its iconic shape, it receives a modern look with slim headlights, LED daytime running lights and boomerang-shaped taillights that frame the rear window.

Available in multiple trim levels, the Soul's entry-level LX comes with cloth seat trim, a trip computer, a 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, one USB outlet, a split-folding rear seat and 16-inch steel wheels.

2020 Hyundai Venue

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Base MSRP: $17,350
Hyundai adds to its SUV lineup with the all-new Venue. Now Hyundai's smallest crossover, the Venue brings its own unique style to the brand. All trims are front-wheel drive, powered by a 1.6-liter engine producing 121 horsepower, teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The base-level Venue S features air-conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, an AM/FM/HD audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. All Venues come with Hyundai SmartSense as a standard feature, which includes forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist and driver attention warning.

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

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Base MSRP: $16,720
There was a time when few quality domestic-brand small cars existed for the U.S. market — thankfully that's no longer the case, and the Chevrolet Sonic shines as a great example with more than 30 percent of its buyers below the age of 35.

All Sonics are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower, teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. (The 6-speed manual is no longer available.) Standard equipment on the base-level Sonic LS includes air-conditioning, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming for two devices, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

2020 Honda Fit

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Base MSRP: $16,190
Honda introduced an updated Fit two years ago with revised styling, a more dynamic driving experience, as well as new technology and entertainment features. The Fit has always excelled at space management — a prime example of a car that is small on the outside yet seems big on the inside.

Powering the Fit is a 1.5-liter engine producing 130 horsepower and achieving up to 36 mpg on the highway for the LX with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The base-level Fit LX comes equipped with a rearview camera, LED brake lights, air-conditioning with air filtration, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with audio streaming and active safety features.

2020 Kia Rio sedan

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Base MSRP: $15,850
The least expensive car in the Kia lineup, Rio was recently redesigned with the latest version of Kia's "tiger nose" grille that brought the entry-level car in synch with the rest of the Korean automaker's lineup. The Rio gets power from a 1.6-liter engine producing 120 horsepower while delivering up to 41 mpg with the new Intelligent Variable Transmission.

As the entry-level trim of the Rio, LX standard features include a 6-way adjustable driver's seat, a split-folding rear seat, air-conditioning, a new 7.0-inch display with an AM/FM/MP3 audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rearview camera.

2020 Toyota Yaris

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Base MSRP: $15,650
Yaris is the least expensive Toyota for the U.S. market, and it received a refreshed look for the 2018 model year. All trims of the Yaris get power from a 1.5-liter engine producing 106 horsepower, rated as high as 40 mpg with the automatic transmission.

The base-level Yaris L comes with Toyota Safety Sense C, which includes a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and automatic high-beam headlights. For 2020 Toyota adds a 7.0-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality to the Yaris L, in addition to features such as pushbutton start, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a backup camera and an AM/FM/HD/SAT audio system with six speakers.

2020 Hyundai Accent

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Base MSRP: $15,295
A few years ago Hyundai updated the Accent with fresh styling that fits nicely with the rest of the lineup. For 2020 this lowest priced Hyundai gets an updated Smartstream 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower. When teamed with the new Intelligent Variable Transmission, fuel economy improves to 41 mpg on the highway.

The base-level Accent SE is the only trim with a six-speed manual transmission, and it comes with air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.0-inch display screen, a rearview camera, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, and 15-inch steel wheels.

2020 Nissan Versa

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Base MSRP: $14,730
The Nissan Versa had been the lowest priced car in America for a number of years, but for 2020 the Japanese brand gives up that title with the introduction of an all-new Versa. The 2020 Nissan Versa gets new styling, a premium interior, the latest high-tech safety features and a much-improved ride.

The base-level Versa S is equipped surprisingly well for the price, with features that include Zero Gravity front seats, a pushbutton start, three USB ports, a 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming, a rearview monitor and 15-inch steel wheels. Also standard is Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, high-beam assist, rear automatic braking and lane-departure warning.

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Base MSRP: $13,995
Not only one of the most affordable new cars in America, Mitsubishi's entry subcompact Mirage is also the lowest powered car with a mere 78 horsepower from its 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine. Even though power is low, the Mirage delivers great fuel economy with an EPA-rated 36 mpg city/43 mpg highway. Standard features on the base-level Mirage ES include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, an AM/FM audio system with four speakers, intermittent wipers and 14-inch steel wheels.

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Chevrolet Spark

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Base MSRP: $13,220
The least expensive new car available in America, Spark received updates last year; most notable were fresh styling as well as a new infotainment system. Stylish and fun to drive, Spark comes in several bright colors with funky names such as Passion Fruit, Toasted Marshmallow and Red Hot.

The 1.4-liter engine produces 98 horsepower while delivering up to 38 mpg on the highway. Standard equipment on the base-level Chevrolet Spark LS includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a rearview camera and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.