It was an SUV civil war, pitting brother against brother as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossed bayonets with the 2020 Hyundai Palisade in the battle for No. 1 among our most-popular news stories of the week. The vessel for the victory was Cars.com’s 2019 Mid-Size SUV Challenge, a multicar comparison test that put six top-selling suvies through a week of intensive head-to-head evaluations of everything from powertrain to interior quality, and from cargo space to child-seat accommodation — a contest the Santa Fe won by this (thumb and forefinger held a fraction of an inch apart) much.
The Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T AWD earned a total of 353 points from our judges, besting the Challenge’s second-place finisher, the 2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD, by the slimmest of margins as just one point separated the two SUVs. The other opponents included the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano. You can find out how those others finished by checking out the 2019 Mid-Size SUV Challenge, of which related stories land at Nos. 1 and 2 among this week’s top articles.
That relegates the Hyundai Palisade to (a still very respectable) No. 3 in the form of Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger’s account of hauling her entire family of five along with all their outdoor gear on a camping trip in the all-new-for-2020 SUV. Geiger lauded the Palisade for its family-friendly features, such as the automatic opening tailgate and one-touch sliding second row, along with its abundant cubbies and storage-stashing spots, as well as its truly helpful safety tech (check out the blind spot monitor that shows a camera view of both sides of the vehicle).
Rounding out the top five are our comprehensive coverage roundup of everything an SUV shopper might want or need to know about the 2020 Cadillac XT6 before hitting the dealer lots, at No. 4, and our pricing breakdown of the redesigned-for-2020 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid.
And getting through though the top five is just half the fun. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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