From the iconic station wagons of decades past to SUVs ruling the road, the most popular cars have changed dramatically over the years. While 2020 has been a year of unpredictability, here are five trends we noticed when it comes to the top-selling cars.

1. Small SUVs are a big deal

The days of “bigger is better” may be over, but that doesn’t mean the world has gone completely compact. Three of the top five most popular cars are smaller SUVs—the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. These more manageable SUVs combine the handling of a car with the extra cargo space of something larger, not to mention the ability to do a little light off-road driving.

2. All about all-wheel drive

From winter weather to heavy rains, all-wheel drive is a great way to feel more secure in rough conditions on the pavement. This great feature for keeping control comes standard on two of the cars—the Subaru Forester and Outback—and is an option on the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

3. Maximum MPG

For a list with only one compact car, all five offer impressive miles per gallon. The Subaru Outback and Forester and the Honda CR-V sit at the bottom of the rankings with a very respectable 29 combined (city and highway) MPG, with the Toyota RAV4 just beating them out at 30 combined MPG and the Honda Civic taking first place with 33 combined MPG (note, MPG can vary based on the model).

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4. Now that’s infotainment

The car stereo has evolved well past just being a way to listen to music, and all five of this year’s top cars offer impressive infotainment systems. In addition to the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in each model, highlights include features like Amazon Alexa in the Toyota RAV4 and an 11.6-inch touch screen available in the Subaru Outback.

5. Smart safety

The radio isn’t the only thing that’s gone high-tech. Each car on the list offers a wide range of technologies, including lane departure assist, collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection. And the Subaru Forester and Outback offer DriverFocus, a system that uses facial recognition technology to alert drivers if they are distracted or drowsy.

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