10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Chevrolet Traverse Crosses Out Hyundai Santa Cruz, Nissan Kicks

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If you’re shopping for a three-row SUV, the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse is redesigned for the new model year and coming in hot at a starting price of $38,995 (all prices include destination) — more than three grand over the cost of doin’ business with the outgoing model. For the additional expense, buyers will get beefy new exterior styling and (what should be) higher fuel economy, and although its powertrain comes with two fewer cylinders and 1.1 less liters than the 2023 model, the new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine summons substantially more power.

Related: 2024 New York Auto Show: Everything You Missed

In’s most popular news story of the past month — a report on the all-new Traverse — we break down pricing, equipment and features for this three-row family SUV, which is classified as a mid-size but argues for full-size status. Full pricing across the Traverse lineup includes the base LS, at $38,995; followed by the LT, at $41,395; the newly added Z71 off-road model, at $47,795; and the range-topping RS, at $55,595. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can get all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000.

For the full rundown on the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse’s equipment and pricing, follow the link below the No. 1 news story from March.

Running a distant second on our monthly countdown is’s straight-from-the-exhibit-floor coverage of the 2024 New York International Auto Show, and — like every situation in life, regardless of what your mom and dad might’ve told you — there were winners, and there were … participation trophy recipients. Of the seven new models on display at the NYC exhibition, which opened to the public this past Friday and runs through Sunday, three received our expert reviewers’ unanimous praise. These included the truckier-looking restyle of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup for 2025; the renamed and futuristically styled 2025 Kia K4 compact sedan, which replaces the Forte; and the bigger, better-looking and powered-up 2025 Nissan Kicks subcompact SUV. Faring the worst of the lot with two out of three of our editors, the redesigned-for-2025 Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV was (pardon the expression) lookin’ kinda dumb with its finger and its thumb in the shape of an “L” on its forehead, due in part to its overreliance on touch-sensitive controls and its general inability to rank with big, truck-based luxury SUV rivals.

To find out the mixed results for the other three Big-Apple-bowing models — including the 2025 Hyundai Tucson, 2024 Porsche Macan EV and 2025 Porsche Taycan — follow the link below to the No. 2 news story of the month.

Beyond all that, we’ve got headlines on the Lexus GX 550, Dodge Charger, BMW X1, Hyundai Santa Fe and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. Redesigned 2024 Chevrolet Traverse to Hit Dealers Starting at $38,995

2. 2024 New York Auto Show: Winners and Losers

3. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

4. Video: Is the 2024 Lexus GX 550 a Good Family Car?

5. Here Are the 11 Cheapest Electric Vehicles You Can Buy

6. 2024 Dodge Charger Up Close: Is This the Coolest American EV Ever?

7. Car Loans: How to Get the Best Interest Rate

8. 2024 BMW X1: Small SUV, Big Jump in Base Prices

9. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

10. 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Don’t Knock It Till You Try It’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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