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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2020 Toyota Highlander Lands Lower Than Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The redesigned-for-2020 Toyota Highlander’s price lives up to the three-row SUV’s altitude-climbing name, jumping nearly $2,800 over the outgoing model — but, thankfully, it also includes enough standard equipment to make adding options … well, optional. The 2020 Highlander will start at $35,720 (including a destination charge) and goes on sale later this month, while the Highlander Hybrid will follow in February at a starting price of $39,320. Interest among Cars.com readers in the price of a new Highlander was high — though not high enough for the No. 1 spot among our most popular articles of the past week.

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The Highlander had to settle for second behind a firsthand report from Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman on the real-world fuel economy of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel during a 206-mile driving loop around southeast Michigan. The Wrangler, equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engine, returned a figure of 24.5 mpg, besting the EPA highway estimate for the SUV by 2.5 mpg. The Wrangler EcoDiesel also bested every other piece of Cars.com content for the past seven days, coming in first place on our countdown.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

Rounding out the top five this week were our comprehensive coverage roundup constituting everything shoppers considering a 2019 Ford Edge SUV might need to know before hitting the dealer lot at No. 3; a federal safety recall for roughly 51,600 model-year 2019 Subaru Ascent and Crosstrek SUVs and Forester wagons for a defect that could result in a loss of power steering at No. 4; and a full expert review of the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 subcompact crossover by our Fred Meier at No. 5.

2020 Mazda CX-30

Beyond that, there’s news on the 2020 Honda Passport, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and much more, so be sure to press on. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel: Real-World Fuel Economy

2. 2020 Toyota Highlander: Well-Equipped But Whoa-Nelly Priced

3. 2019 Ford Edge: Everything You Need to Know

4. 2019 Subaru Ascent, Crosstrek and Forester: Recall Alert

5. 2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Stylish Small SUV Right-Sized for U.S.

6. Honda Passport: Which Should You Buy, 2019 or 2020?

7. Which SUVs Have the Most Cargo Space in 2019?

8. All the Pickup Truck News: 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Real-World MPG, 232K Ford F-Series Super Duty Recall and More

9. .2021 Volkswagen Atlas Gets Cross Sportified Refresh

10. 2019 Subaru Ascent: Recall Alert

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2019 Subaru Ascent

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