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10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Toyota Land Cruiser Cruises Past Hyundai Ioniq 5

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The modern world’s millions of miles of paved roadways enable us to drive nearly anywhere with relative speed, safety and smooth-riding comfort — so why would anyone ever eschew the asphalt in favor of rock crawling, overlanding and water fording? Well … they don’t, at least not very many. But whether it’s our good old American adventurousness or some looming fear that we’re all going to be living in some dystopian Mad Max scenario, car shoppers’ “better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” attitude may be as strong as ever. So, in the name of Furiosa, are we ever glad to see the return of the Toyota Land Cruiser for 2024 after two years off the grid for the off-roader.

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In one of Cars.com’s most popular news articles of the past month, we note some observations we made upon seeing the fully redesigned full-size SUV live at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show in February. The Land Cruiser’s time off did it good, as it returns ready for the off-road, boasting a body-on-frame platform shared with Toyota’s other trucks, while getting narrower and shorter in length for better negotiating tight, rocky terrain. That’s in addition to protective plating and a sizable skid plate for undercarriage protection, as well as easy-to-wipe-down plastic and rubber interior appointments that’ll make cleanup less of a chore after hitting the dusty trail.

For additional observations on the all-new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser, follow the link below to the No. 2 news story on our countdown of most read articles from February.

On the opposite side of the SUV spectrum is the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5, which returns for its second consecutive year as the winner of Cars.com’s annual award for the Best Electric Vehicle. The Ioniq 5 scored with our judges for its roomy interior, exciting exterior styling, user-friendly onboard tech, adequately quick acceleration, speedy charging capability, more-than-accommodating driving range on a full charge, sub-$45,000 starting price and all-around livability. To reclaim its top spot for the new model year, the Ioniq 5 had to charge past finalists the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck and Lucid Air luxury sedan, as well as a gang of additional nominees.

For more on how Cars.com judges settled on the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 as the Best Electric Vehicle of 2024, follow the link below to the No. 8 news story of the month.

Beyond all that, we have headlines on the Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Trax, Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, Toyota Camry, Toyota Grand Highlander 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. Here Are the 11 Cheapest Electric Vehicles You Can Buy

2. 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Up Close: An Off-Road Hero Gets Modernized

3. I Drove the 2024 Toyota Sienna Hybrid to See What I’m Missing in My 3-Row SUV

4. Best SUV of 2024

5. Best Car of 2024

6. 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: An Ideal Appliance

7. Auto Show Faceoff: 2024 Chevrolet Traverse Vs. 2025 Ford Explorer

8. Best Electric Vehicle of 2024

9. 2024 Hyundai Sonata Vs. 2025 Kia K5 Vs. 2025 Toyota Camry: Auto Show Faceoff

10. Is the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander a Good SUV? 5 Pros, 3 Cons

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