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Every year, automakers roll out a long list of new cars, and all of those new cars are trying to compete for the attention and money from car shoppers. Much of the time, those new cars don’t make a huge splash, but every now and again, a car becomes a hit with shoppers. Here’s a look at four models that saw a big jump in terms of their sales in July.

1. The Honda Accord is back and better than ever

GoodCarBadCar recently revealed the sales data for July 2023, and the Honda Accord had a big month. Honda sold 17,873 units of the Accord that month, which made it the seventh best-selling model out of all the models that the site had data for. What’s more impressive, however, was the sales growth that the Accord had. 

2022 was a bad year for Honda as supply chain issues made the company sell far fewer cars than usual. In July 2022, Honda only sold 7,299 units of the Accord. This means that, in July 2023, Honda sold nearly 145% more units than it did last year.

What also helped was the fact that the 11th generation of the Accord hit dealerships earlier this year. This redesign changed a lot about the Accord, including its looks, its number of safety features, as well as its powertrains.

2. The Kia Carnival is helping revive the minivan segment

The Kia Carnival did not end up in the top 10 in terms of sales for the month, but it still saw a dramatic spike in sales compared to last year. This July, Kia sold 5,285 units of the Carnival, and that’s more than double what it sold last July. Last year, the South Korean automaker only sold 2,241 units of the minivan, which means that this year, its sales grew by nearly 136%. 

The Carnival’s great sales may be a reflection of how good of a minivan it is. It starts at about $33,000, which makes it one of the most affordable minivans on the market. It also gets over 140 cu-ft of cargo capacity, which is some of the best cargo capacity in the class.

3. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 showcases the growth of the EV market

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was in a similar boat as the Carnival, as Hyundai sold 4,135 units of the EV in July. That represents a 109% growth in sales compared to last July when Hyundai sold 1,978 units of the electric SUV. These sales numbers aren’t that impressive compared to most cars, but they’re great for a brand-new EV.

It’s good that the Ioniq 5 is seeing success right now too, as it has a lot to offer to EV shoppers. It’s an electric SUV that can get over 300 miles of range, and that helps make it a good EV option for families. More importantly though, the Ioniq 5’s big month shows that the electrification of the auto industry is happening faster than many expect. 

4. The Honda CR-V shows why it’s one of the best-selling cars of the year

The Honda CR-V didn’t have the biggest growth in sales, but it’s impressive how much its sales numbers grew given the fact that it’s one of the best-selling vehicles in America. Year-to-date, Honda has sold nearly 197,000 units of the SUV, which makes it one of the best-selling vehicles out of the cars that there’s data for.

In July 2023, Honda sold 33,097 units of the CR-V, which was a 51.8% increase from last year. Just like the Accord’s rebound, the CR-V’s rebound happened because Honda fixed its supply chain issues, and because it gave the CR-V a redesign. This redesign changed the way the CR-V looks, improved its efficiency, and upgraded its tech, too.


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