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10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Ford Bronco Stampedes Past Toyota RAV4 Prime

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Wild horses couldn’t drag the Ford Bronco away from the No. 1 spot among our most popular news articles of July. The off-road SUV icon — back in the saddle for 2021 after a lengthy absence — takes up two of the top positions, boding well that demand for the Bronco is … um, stable.

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The most-read Cars.com story published in July was our full preview of both the two-door and four-door versions of the 2021 Bronco. Consider this your comprehensive primer — covering everything from the outside in, and from engine and transmission specs to safety and electronics — ahead of this horsey’s scheduled arrival in spring 2021.

Meanwhile, in the No. 3 position — just behind our monthly roundup for July of the best car deals available to shoppers, at No. 2 — the Bronco rears its head again. This time, it’s Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s rundown of nine ways the Bronco ain’t a Jeep Wrangler, it’s chief rugged rock-crawling competitor. 

Side view of a blue 2021 Ford Bronco parked on a dirt road 2021 Ford Bronco | Manufacturer image

“From the body style to the equipment levels to the features and capabilities, Ford very obviously benchmarked the Jeep Wrangler as its target for the new Bronco, then set out to surpass it in several ways,” Bragman writes. “But how are the new Bronco and Wrangler different from each other? Where did Ford go the extra mile, and where might Jeep still have the advantage?”

Follow the link below to this month’s third-ranking article for the answer to that question.

An illustration of a hand on a manual transmission gear shifter Cars.com illustration by Paul Dolan

Rounding out the top five are our roundup of the five cheapest cars you can buy with a manual transmission — the Chevrolet Spark, Mitsubishi Mirage/Mirage G4, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris — in honor of Cars.com-created holiday National Stick Shift Day on July 16, at No. 4, along with a word of consumer caution about what you should know before taking out one of those really lengthy 72- or 84-month car loans.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime charging port 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

The Bronco managed to fend off formidable competition from Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays’ comprehensive critique of the all-new-for-2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the plug-in hybrid version of the popular RAV4 compact SUV. That review checks in this month at No. 7, just behind Cars.com’s exhaustive, class-spanning head-to-head comparison test of three leading compact sedans — the 2020 Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla — to determine the best of the bunch, in sixth place.

A 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2020 Nissan Sentra and 2020 Honda Civic parked in a row 2020 Compact Sedan Challenge | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

More headlines on Honda and Hyundai lie beyond that, so be sure to peruse the entire list. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in July:

1. 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door: Jeep Has Some Homework to Do

2. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for July 2020?

3. 9 Ways the New 2021 Ford Bronco Is Not a Jeep Wrangler

4. What Are the 5 Cheapest Cars With Manual Transmissions for 2020?

5. What to Know Before Taking on a 72- or 84-Month Car Loan

6. What’s the Best Compact Sedan?

7. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid Review: Efficiently Quick, Annoyances Aside

8. How Do You Properly Pronounce Hyundai?

9. Sleepin’ With the Fishes: Honda Fit, Civic Coupe, Manual Accord Get Whacked

10. What’s New From Honda for 2021?

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