A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes laying your eyes IRL on a car as stunning as the overhauled-for-2020 Chevrolet Corvette can leave you speechless. That sentiment certainly applies to Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong’s first face-to-face with the new Vette — well, in spirit, anyway, as Wong still had plenty to say about the long-gestating, fervently anticipated mid-engine reimagining of the everyman’s supercar. But while the freshly Ferrari-fied new Corvette Stingray’s 495-horsepower, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 purportedly rockets it from zero-to-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, it wasn’t enough to propel it past a pair of federal safety recalls for two of the most popular car models in the U.S.
The Vette doesn’t have a backseat — but it had to take one in our August lineup of most popular Cars.com news articles, relegated to No. 3 by the 2019 Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Both compact SUVs are currently under recall by the government for safety deficiencies.
At No. 1 was the CR-V for a defect concerning the fuel-tank weld that could result in a fire. Fortunately, a very small number are affected (just 134) — but when you’re talking about something with the perilous potential of a fuel-tank fire, the “Starfish Story” rule applies: “It made a difference to that one.” The No. 2-ranking Toyota recall, on the other hand, impacts a far broader swath of owners, with notices going out to around 14,000 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid owners warning them of the need to have a faulty backup camera system fixed to reduce their risk of a related crash.
At No. 4 was Cars.com Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays’ monthly rundown of the hottest new-car deals available to shoppers in August — this time out featuring deep discounts on the Buick Encore, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Compass and Ford F-150, among others. And rounding out the top half of the list, at No. 5, was our weekly report of the five most read reviews from our in-house experts — led by the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2020 Kia Telluride — as well as our top five videos.
Other points of particular interest from our August slate was another best-new-car-deal advice article (this one tailored for car shoppers planning to head out to the dealer lots over the Labor Day holiday weekend); a pair of stories related to our 2019 Mid-Size SUV Challenge, for which we pitted the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Murano against one another in a week of intensive head-to-head testing at Nos. 7 and 9; and an encore appearance by the 2019 CR-V in our comprehensive coverage roundup constituting everything a prospective buyer might need to know about the compact SUV.
August was a big month for car news, so you’d be forgiven for feeling like you fell behind. To get caught up, here are the 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:
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