10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Chevrolet Blazer Leads Black Friday Car Deals to the Top

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Black Friday shopping will look a lot different this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic making the notion of hordes stampeding into a big-box discount store to buy an 85-inch TV for $50 seem … well, even more absurd than before. But you don’t need to face down the holiday hordes after polishing off that last turkey, stuffing and canned cranberry sauce sandwich to score a sweet deal on a new car this Thanksgiving weekend. Automakers have a cornucopia of enticing offers on the table, and the result is a bountiful feast for our roundup of the best Black Friday car deals — which gobbles up the competition to take the No. 1 spot among’s most popular news articles this week.

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Topping our selection of post-holiday discounts is the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. Shoppers can get anywhere from 6-12% off all but the SUV’s base trim level through Nov. 30, which amounts to as much as $4,000 in savings. Shoppers might similarly scout deals on the model-year 2020 Ford Fusion and Hyundai Elantra, along with a whole gang of Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram models from parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Follow the link below to our first-place finisher for the full details on how much you can save on each.

Those comprise the best deals right now in terms of price, but if you’re shopping based on reliability, you’re going to want to check out our No. 2 story of the week. Consumer Reports released its 2020 Auto Reliability Study, ranking car brands from most to least reliable, and the top tier is dominated by Asian automakers. Mazda, Toyota and Lexus snagged the first three spots, followed by GM’s Buick in fourth, then Honda and Hyundai at Nos. 5 and 6. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the study deemed Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Ford, Mini, Volkswagen, Tesla and Lincoln as comparatively less reliable. Follow the link below to our No. 2 story of the week for all that and everything in between.

Rounding out the week’s top five are’s four-model comparison test to find the best affordable small SUV, at No. 3; our helpful tips on how to wash your car during the winter, at No. 4; and our advice on whether you should spring for a 2021 Honda CR-V or look for a deal on the outgoing model.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Hyundai Palisade, Honda Civic, Jeep Wrangler and Mazda3, so keep reading. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. What Are the Best Black Friday New-Car Deals for 2020?

2. What’s the Most Reliable New-Car Brand for 2020?

3. What’s the Best Affordable Small SUV?

4. Tips for Washing Your Car in Winter

5. Honda CR-V: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

6. 2020 Hyundai Palisade Car Smell Investigation Part 3: Case Closed?

7. Honda Civic Prototype Revealed, and It’s Pretty Much the 2022 Civic

8. How to Get Tar Off a Car

9. 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392: Jeep’s Really Building Another V-8 Wrangler

10. 2021 Mazda3 Turbo: More Appealing, Still Niche

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