A mix of car and light-truck sales and an assist from its Acura division helped American Honda eke out a narrow sales gain in May, rising 0.9 percent for the month to 148,414 vehicles.
The Honda division was up 0.7 percent to 134,475 vehicles on a mix of news from its core models; the brand is up 1.1 percent on the year to 592,260 sales.
The Accord was up 5 percent in May to 33,547 vehicles, as the aging sedan bucked a trend of declining car sales. Meanwhile, the Civic continued to cool off, dropping 9.6 percent to 31,989 sales.
Mixed results also carried over to Honda's light trucks. Its CR-V crossover continued to be popular, jumping 9.6 percent to 32,186 sales, while the smaller HR-V surged 29 percent to 9,533 vehicles.
The outgoing Odyssey minivan dropped 26 percent to 8,999; a redesigned fifth-generation model went on sale at the end of May.
Sales of the capacity-constrained Pilot also fell, slowing 11 percent to 9,976 sales. Notably, in a market where crossover demand remains hot, the Pilot is down 13 percent on the year.
This week, Honda took measures to address its light-truck capacity issues, announcing that its East Liberty Plant in Ohio would finally begin production of the Acura MDX; later this year, that will become the sole source of production for the crossover.
This will free up capacity at Honda's Lincoln, Ala., plant that currently builds both the Pilot and the MDX, giving dealers the additional Pilots they've been clamoring for.
Meanwhile, the Acura division was another bright spot for American Honda as the near-luxury brand finally reversed a months long sales slide.
Sales at Acura were up 2.8 percent over May 2016 to 13,939 vehicles, though for the year, Acura remains down 12 percent.
May's gains came from the brand's three core models. The TLX midsize sedan was up 8.4 percent 3,508 vehicles as Acura sold down remaining inventory to make room for the refreshed 2017 model that goes on sale Thursday.
Acura's light trucks also rebounded. The RDX compact crossover was up 13 percent to 5,149 sales while the larger MDX sold 4,307 units, a 2.4 percent gain.