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Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, And SUVs So Far In 2020

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Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, And SUVs So Far In 2020

The first three months of auto sales in 2020 are now on the books, and the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly taken its toll on the auto industry. Some manufacturers won’t be reporting sales until later in April, but overall sales are estimated to be down 12.5 percent compared with the first quarter of 2019, at a total of approximately 3.4 million vehicles sold.

Almost every car company experienced declining sales during the first quarter, with many dealerships forced to close and factories suspending operations as the country tries to contain the Coronavirus. A few brands had sales strong enough at the beginning of the year to buck the trend — Kia, Lincoln and Ram all had slight sales increases versus a year ago. What follows are the best-selling cars in America during the first quarter of 2020, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports.

10. Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

2020 Sales: 59,716
Vs. 2019: –36.3 %
Nissan’s small crossover sales were down 15 percent for 2019 and that downward trend is continuing for 2020; however, the Rogue still remains the best-selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup. Rogue features a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an advanced Xtronic transmission with Eco mode, boasting an EPA fuel-economy rating as high as 33 mpg. Rogue is available in three trim levels, and also comes as a smaller model called Rogue Sport. All Rogues are now available with ProPILOT Assist — Nissan’s first step toward building autonomous vehicles — as well as Nissan Safety Shield 360.

9. Honda Civic

Honda Civic

2020 Sales: 63,944
Vs. 2019: 18.2 %
With sales down more than 45 percent in March versus the previous year, the Civic remains the best-selling car in the Honda lineup. The tenth generation Civic debuted early in 2017 featuring fresh styling, improved aerodynamics, new vehicle architecture, a more spacious interior and two new engines. Fuel economy also is impressive, rated as high as 42 mpg with a new turbocharged powerplant. Standard equipment on the Civic now includes Honda Sensing, which has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Last year Honda added the Civic Sport and gave the entire lineup a minor styling refresh inside and out.

8. Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

2020 Sales: 69,214
Vs. 2019: -12.0 %
Corolla is one of the most time-honored names in the Toyota lineup, and recently the company celebrated the 1 millionth Corolla built in the brand’s Mississippi assembly plant. Although sales were off in March by 22 percent, Toyota is hoping things will improve now that an all-new Corolla has begun arriving in showrooms. The 2020 Corolla — along with a Corolla Hybrid — gets updated styling and a wider stance, as well as signature LED headlights and a range of new features. Three powertrains are available, including a very efficient hybrid system that has a U.S. EPA rating of more than 50 mpg.

7. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

2020 Sales: 71,186
Vs. 2019: –18.4 %
The Honda CR-V achieved record sales for 2019, and prior to March 2020 the popular crossover was selling at the same pace as the year earlier. Still the best-selling vehicle in the Honda lineup, the CR-V’s success lies in its ability to offer consumers a comfortable, small crossover with great utility and excellent fuel economy. For 2020 Honda has refreshed the CR-V’s exterior styling and is adding the first hybrid to the CR-V lineup. Similar to the Honda Accord Hybrid, the all-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid uses a 2-motor hybrid powertrain that teams two electric motors with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine for a combined output of 212 horsepower, making it the most powerful variant in the CR-V lineup.

6. Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Sales: 73,453
Vs. 2019: –17.0 %
Chevrolet’s second-best-selling vehicle after the full-size Silverado pickup, the Equinox had record sales in 2019, marking the second year in a row for this feat. Equinox stands out with projector-beam headlights, LED running lights, wider horizontal taillights and LED taillights for upper trim levels. Inside, the new Equinox features a down-and-away instrument panel with a low windshield base for improved outward visibility. Two engine choices for Equinox are a 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo or a 252-horse 2.0-liter turbo teamed with a 9-speed automatic transmission. For 2020 Chevrolet adds a Midnight Edition Equinox to the lineup.

5. Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

2020 Sales: 77,188
Vs. 2019: –5.5 %
Even though sales of the Camry were down slightly last year, the popular sedan continues its reign as best-selling car in America, with 2019 marking the 17th year in that top position. As was the case with most vehicles on this list, the Camry had a steep decline in sales for March versus a year earlier. A few years ago, Camry received a redesign including an updated grille, integrated headlights and sculpted lines that give the sedan a more engaging presence, as well as a completely new interior and choice of fuel-efficient, powerful engines. For those seeking even more performance, a Camry TRD with performance suspension and brakes — as well as a cat-back exhaust system — has joined the lineup.

4. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

2020 Sales: 97,631
Vs. 2019: 16.5 %
Toyota’s RAV4 experienced record sales in 2019 and this popular crossover is on track to continue this upward trend for 2020. While sales were down in March by 25 percent year over year, sales were strong enough at the beginning of the year for an overall increase. One of the original compact crossovers on the American market, the RAV4 was completely redone for the 2019 model year. With bold new styling, improved capability, better performance and an array of new safety and convenience features, this fifth-generation RAV4 is likely to remain popular with American car shoppers. In addition to the updated styling and efficient powertrains, the RAV4 now has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert as standard equipment. Toyota has also announced that the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid will be arriving this summer, which will be not only more fuel efficient but also the second-quickest vehicle in the Toyota lineup.

3. Ram Truck

Ram Truck

2020 Sales: 128,805
Vs. 2019: 7.3 %
Ram introduced an all-new 1500 pickup for 2019 and followed shortly thereafter with the Ram Heavy Duty. These two offerings have done wonders for Ram truck sales. Last year the brand achieved its fourth consecutive year of record sales and the big truck is continuing on that trajectory for 2020. The new Ram features updated exterior styling, and the interior is one of the nicest on the market. Six trim levels are available, as well as a new lineup of powertrains that includes a powerful diesel and will eventually feature a hybrid system. A new Ram Heavy Duty that boasts a new diesel with 1,000 lb-ft of torque helped Ram hold onto this sales position.

2. Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

2020 Sales: 144,738
Vs. 2019: 26.6 %
Chevrolet introduced an all-new Silverado for the 2019 model year, and while sales were down slightly last year, the Silverado is certainly going strong for 2020. The new Silverado is longer and wider than its predecessor, which means more passenger space as well as more cargo room. Through an extensive use of mixed materials, engineers were able to lighten Silverado by an impressive 450 pounds, with 88 pounds of that coming off the body. Silverado received updated styling inside and out as well variety of powertrains, ranging from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant to V8 options with dynamic fuel management.

1. Ford F-Series

Ford F-Series

2020 Sales: 186,562
Vs. 2019: -13.1 %
Thanks to strong sales in 2019, the Ford F-Series extended its streak as the best-selling vehicle in America to 38 years — 43 years as best-selling truck. Sales in 2020 are down slightly from last year, but certainly enough to keep Ford’s large truck offering at the top of this list. The F-150 drives strong numbers with a wide range of configurations, fresh styling, and the latest safety and convenience features. Six engines are offered for the F-150, ranging from the standard 3.3-liter V6 that generates 290 horsepower to the high-output 450-horsepower EcoBoost unit. Ford has also introduced a revised 2020 F-Series Super Duty that boasts a class-leading towing capacity of 37,000 pounds.

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