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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2022 Honda Civic Can’t Fly as High as Top Gun, Maverick

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News about a compact, non-luxury sedan in today’s SUV-fixated world might seem a little like reminiscing about that sensible, agreeable, low-drama relationship you had in college that you ultimately traded for a newer, more exciting romance. It’s over, man … let it gooo! But remember that when it comes to, say, the Honda Civic — judging by its continued appearance among the top 10 bestselling cars of the year, trailed by a gang of popular SUVs — a whole lotta folks are still interested in having a stable situation with a regular-type car that treats them just fine. If you match that profile, acquaint yourself with Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s critique of the redesigned 2022 Civic, the fourth-place finisher this week on our countdown of most popular articles.

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In his review, Bragman makes note of the Civic’s newfound maturity, leaving behind its sporty styling cues in favor of a look more in accordance with the larger Accord; he referred to it as a “three-quarter-scale Accord.” It even shares the Accord’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, though the Civic’s 180 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque fall short of its big sib’s output. The cabin has a bit of an ’80s throwback vibe with 2020s onboard tech. Meanwhile, acceleration, ride and handling make for the most fun-to-drive non-sport-variant Civic in memory.

Follow the link below to our No. 4 article of the past week for Bragman’s full take on his first drive of the new Civic.

Despite a strong takeoff, the Civic just couldn’t get the altitude of Ford’s all-new-for-2022 compact pickup truck, the Maverick. Set to arrive in the fall — landing around the same time as another fall-arriving Maverick of the Tom Cruise persuasion (coincidence?) — the Maverick will debut at an enticing $21,490 (with destination) in its base XL trim, with the next-up XLT version starting at $23,775 and the range-topping Lariat at $26,985. Get the full pricing breakdown, including the goodies you get at each level, by following the link below to our No. 1 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Kia Sorento, Kia Telluride, BMW M440 and much more, so take it all in before taking off. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2022 Ford Maverick Pricing Starts at $20,000, But What Does That Include?

2. Car Shopping: How Long Will the Inventory Shortage Last?

3. Why Are Car Trade-In Values Skyrocketing?

4. 2022 Honda Civic First Drive Review: Honda’s Boy Racer Grows Up

5. 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Review: Big Vehicle With Small-Vehicle Fuel Economy

6. How to Get the Best Offer for Your Trade-In

7. 2022 Kia Telluride Gets Bolder Grille, Bigger Touchscreen for Lower Trims and More

8. 2021 BMW M440i Convertible Review: Escape Artist

9. What’s the Best New-Car Offer for June 2021?

10. Used-Car Prices Spiked 30% in Just One Year

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