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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Jumps Genesis GV80

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

The compact SUV segment continues to burn bright like magnesium in a Bunsen burner in your high school chem lab, and as automakers continue experimenting to prove the hypothesis of an all-electric future, more eco-friendly versions of these vehicles are appearing — or, in the case of the Ford Escape, reappearing. Following the lead of compact SUV luminaries like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, Ford has brought back the eight-years-exiled Escape Hybrid for the 2020 model year in hopes of capturing some of that growing market. Its success remains to be seen, but if reader interest on Cars.com is any indicator, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid’s No. 1 position on our weekly list of most popular news articles bodes well.

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Our quick-hit rundown of the seven things we like and two things we aren’t quite as wild about in the all-new Escape Hybrid — reintroduced as part of the redesigned-for-2020 Escape lineup — took on all comers. That roster included the first-ever SUV from Hyundai’s luxury spinoff brand, Genesis. Genesis teased the all-new model, the GV80, promising a U.S. arrival later in 2020 after it launches this month in the brand’s native South Korea. It’s a much-needed addition to the 4-year-old luxury brand, which up to now has focused on sedans (the compact-to-full-size G70, G80 and G90) just as the industry took a hard turn toward SUVs. Our coverage of the announcement checks in at the No. 2 spot this week.

Genesis GV80

Also of note this week is our primer on what a rebuilt title is (one given to a vehicle that has been rehabbed after being declared “salvage” as a result of a crash, fire, flood or other unfortunate events) by Cars.com’s Joe Wiesenfelder, who also advises speculative buyers on whether they should move forward with a purchase of such a car. The answer, in short, is a decisive … maybe, but only after due consideration, extensive research and extreme caution. If you’re considering the purchase of a car with a rebuilt title, you’ll definitely want to follow the link below to our third most read story of the week.

2020 Toyota Highlander

Rounding out the top five is our roundup of the most popular Cars.com expert car reviews and videos featuring the model-year-2020 Toyota Highlander, Dodge Charger, Subaru Outback, Lexus RX and Mazda CX-30, at No. 4, and our Brian Wong’s comprehensive review of the redesigned-for-2020 Ford Explorer. In summary, Wong wrote: “Moving to a rear-wheel-drive platform makes the Explorer better to drive, but there are some shortcomings in the cabin that may be a bigger deal for families and the hybrid is a disappointment.”

2020 Ford Explorer Limited

Plug-in Jeeps, electric pickup trucks, buying advice for Mazda CX-9 shoppers and much more follows, so be sure to press on past five. Here are the top 10 news articles Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid: 7 Things We Like and 2 Things We Don’t

2. Genesis Previews Much-Needed SUV Coming This Year

3. What Is a Rebuilt Title and Should I Buy a Car With One?

4. Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: SUVs Dominate

5. 2020 Ford Explorer Review: Looking Rearward

6. Jeep Will Plug Three Coming Plug-ins, Including Wrangler, at 2020 CES

7. All the Pickup Truck News: Rivian Spins Into the New Year and Which Brand Will Finish Behind Ford?

8. Mazda CX-9: Which Should You Buy, 2019 or 2020?

9. 2019-2020 Dodge Charger: Everything You Need to Know

10. 2019-2020 BMW 3 Series: Recall Alert

2019 Mazda CX-9

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