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10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Honda Passport, Ford Escape, EcoSport Can’t Deal With Mazda

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Black Friday came and went like your Thanksgiving guests, but while that last slice of pumpkin pie may be long gone, some of the sweetest holiday car-shopping discounts remain. In two of Cars.com’s most popular articles of the past month, we rounded up the best deals we could find on new vehicles for all of November, as well as during the retail rush on the Friday after Turkey Day — and nearly half those deals are available through the New Year’s holiday weekend.

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Shopping for a subcompact, compact or mid-size SUV? You can score a discount on all three in the Ford EcoSport, Ford Escape and Honda Passport, respectively, through Jan. 3.

On the EcoSport, Ford is offering a factory discount up to $1,000, bringing your potential total down to roughly $20,500 to $31,500, depending on trim and options, for an approximate savings of up to 5%. The Escape also qualifies for a $1,000 factory discount in many regions we surveyed, knocking the price down to some $26,000 to $43,500, for an approximate savings of 2%-4%. Last but not least-discounted, Honda is offering $1,250 off the Passport, bringing the SUV’s net price to roughly $33,000 to $49,500 — also a markdown of 2%-4%.

For the full details on these current new-car discounts, follow the links below to the No. 9 and No. 10 articles of the month.

Everyone loves a bargain, but savings ultimately lost out to safety on this month’s countdown, as a federal recall of some 121,000 Mazda vehicles for a fuel-pump issue fueled the related article’s rise to the seventh-place position. Affected by the recall are a range of nameplates from the 2018-20 model years. The defect stems from the impeller inside the low-pressure fuel pump, a component that pushes fuel from the tank toward the high-pressure pump; the impeller may crack and deform, potentially causing the fuel pump to fail and the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

For full details on which cars are involved and what to do if yours is among them, follow the link below to the No. 7 news story of the month.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Toyota Tundra, Ford Maverick and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. 2022 Lexus LX 600 Up Close: First-Class Perks for First and Second Rows; Third Row? Don’t Ask

2. Up Close With the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover: Quiet, Classy Interior

3. Is the Redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra a Good Truck? 6 Things We Like and 5 We Don’t

4. What’s the Best Compact SUV?

5. 2022 Ford Maverick: Is It the Right Size for the Times? Here Are 6 Things We Like and 3 We Don’t

6. 2022 Toyota Tundra Pricing (Mostly) Revealed, Starts at $37,645

7. Fuel Pump Issue Impels Mazda to Recall 121,000 Cars, SUVs

8. 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show: Winners and Losers

9. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for November 2021?

10. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for Black Friday 2021?

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