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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 December 31, 2020. Many automakers report their sales results quarterly. These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers.

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

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No. 20 - Chevrolet Trax (106,299 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Trax
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The Chevrolet Trax is a city scooter that easily gets a driver around town. It is easy to maneuver on the road and park, and has an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Chevy isn't big on cargo space, seating, or power.

No. 19 - Jeep Compass (107,969 sold)

2020 Jeep Compass
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The Jeep Compass is a capable off-roader, but the small SUV is more likely to be found on city streets where it delivers near-Cherokee comfort in style. Buyers can option up their Compass so that it gets Trailhawk status.

No. 18 - Ford Edge (108,886 sold)

2020 Ford Edge
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The Ford Edge gives buyers a lot of what they are looking for. There's spacious and comfortable seating, a robust engine lineup, and plenty of cargo space. The Edge also doesn't break the bank like some other SUVs. New for 2020, the model got standard automatic dual-zone climate control.

No. 17 - Subaru Crosstrek (119,716 sold)

Subaru Crosstrek
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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. 16 - Hyundai Tucson (123,657 sold)

2020 Hyundai Tucson

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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' 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. 15 - Mazda CX-5 (123,727 sold)

2020 Mazda CX-5

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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. 14 - Honda Pilot (123,813 sold)

2020 Honda Pilot

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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. 13 - Chevrolet Traverse (125,546 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

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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. 12 - Toyota 4Runner (129,052 sold)

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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Toyota hasn't changed the body styling significantly on the 4Runner in years but there have been big changes tech-wise for the new model year. New for 2020, the 4Runner comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of driver assistance technologies, as well as an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Despite all these refinements, it's still an off-roading beast.

No. 11 - Jeep Cherokee (135,855 sold)

2020 Jeep Cherokee

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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. 10 - Subaru Forester (176,996 sold)

2020 Subaru Forester

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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. 9 - Ford Escape (178,496 sold)

2020 Ford Escape

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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 Wrangler (201,311 sold)

2020 Jeep Wrangler

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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. 7 - Jeep Grand Cherokee (209,786 sold)

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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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. 6 - Toyota Highlander (212,276 sold)

2020 Toyota Highlander

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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. 5 - Ford Explorer (226,217 sold)

2020 Ford Explorer

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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. 4 - Nissan Rogue (227,935 sold)

2020 Nissan Rogue

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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. 3 - Chevrolet Equinox (270,994 sold)

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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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 - Honda CR-V (333,502 sold)

2020 Honda Civic

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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.

No. 1 - Toyota RAV4 (430,387 sold)

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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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.

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The Hemi Orange package brings unqiue style to the Durango.

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The Dodge Durango isnt the newest or most refined SUV on the market, but it offers great comfort, good tech, and a handful of raucous powertrian options. The long-running family hauler is due for an update, but in the meantime, Dodge has given it a new Hemi Orange package with unique styling touches.

Dodge already offers the Hemi Orange package fo the Challenger and Charger, and now it's available for the three-row Durango. The package is available for the R/T trim, which comes with a 5.7-liter V8.

Dodge Durango Hemi OrangeDodge offers four exterior colors with the package. Dodge

Much of the Orange package's content comes on the outside, where Dodge adds orange and gunmetal hod stripes, black taillights, and grey/orange badging. The SUV rides on black 20-inch wheels, and Dodge offers different black "Lights Out" 20-inch wheels. Four exterior colors are available: Destroyer Grey, Diamond Black, Octane Red, and White Knuckle. Inside, the Durango gets orange sticthing and unique patterns in the upholstery. Dodge says the stitching extends throughout the interior, including to the gauge cluster, armrests, console lid, and steering wheel.

Two upgrades are available for the Hemi Orange Durango. The first is the Orange Plus Package, which adds a power sunroof, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a load of driver aids. The Tow N Go package is available for four-wheel drive models, and brings the 20-inch Lights Out wheels, orange brake calipers, and a Bilstein high-performance suspension system.

The Durango R/T Hemi Orange is available now. It carries a price tag of $1,995. The Orange Plus package costs $4,500 and the Tow N Go package costs $5,095.

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The Sakura is Nissan's newest EV.

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It's no secret that the Japanese get all manner of quirky, cool cars that we don't see here in the States. Sure, there's the Nissan Skyline and Mitsubishi Delica van, but tiny vehicles like kei cars and "minivehicles" are popular imports for Americans looking to diversify their drives. Pint-sized kei cars are ripe for electrification, and Nissan did just that with its new Sakura EV, which comes almost a year after the automaker announced it was working with Mitsubishi to develop tiny electric models. It's one of dozens of new EVs slated to come from the Mitsubishi-Nissan-Renaul Alliance this decade.

Though tiny, the Sakura offers a decent top speed of 80 mph, and its range of around 112 miles could make it an ideal urban runabout for many. That said, there's little chance the car will come to the United States. Japan's minivehicles and kei cars are far smaller than anything currently on sale here. For example, the Sakura's 133.6-inch length makes it almost 18 inches shorter than a Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, a car that Americans would consider minuscule.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura borrows features from the Nissan Leaf, including its battery.Nissan

Nissan borrowed the Sakura's 20-kWh battery from the Leaf and says it can be used to provide power for external devices or even power a home for up to a day. The car comes with three driving modes to change the behavior of things like regenerative braking and throttle response, and Nissan says it took further guidance from the Leaf to give the Sakura the quietest cabin in its class.

The Sakura's upright shape likely helps with headroom, but it certainly doesn't increase cargo space, as Nissan claims just 107 liters (4 cubic feet) of room. That said, the car features small-item storage spaces for gear like a smartphone or wallet. Buyers can opt for black, beige, or blue-grey interior colors, and an upgrade package is available that brings a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There are a surprising number of features packed into the minute Nissan's cabin. A 7-inch digital gauge cluster comes standard, and a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard. Nissan says the car's displays are oriented to reduce distraction and keep the driver's eyes on the road, and ProPilot safety systems are standard, including a new parking assist feature. ProPilot is a stepping stone toward Nissan's goal of debuting autonomous driving tech by 2030.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura isn't destined for the U.S. - yet, anyway. Nissan

The Sakura goes on sale in Japan this summer. It's priced at 1.78 million yen, or around $14,000. The car will be available for purchase online, and Nissan says it will offer video chats and other resources to help buyers with the process. Buyers will be able to opt for a full in-person buying experience, a completely virtual experience, or anything in between.

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