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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.