10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Chevy Corvette Z06 Breezes Past Lucid Air

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The Los Angeles Auto Show returned from pandemic purgatory last month, and with it came’s show-capping roundup of the exhibition’s winners and losers as chosen by our on-the-scene automotive experts. A standout among standouts in L.A. was the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The late-coming, high-performance Vette variant follows the iconic sports car’s rebirth for the 2020 model year in mid-engine configuration. Among editors who got up close to the Z06 at the L.A. auto show, it was a unanimous winner — and it’s no slouch among readers, either, leading off our story in third place on our countdown of the most popular articles of the past week.

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Editors lauded the Z06’s “swoopy” exterior styling, “stunning” interior, “badass” overall attitude and fidelity to the joys of naturally aspirated engines. There was some disagreement over the abundance of carbon-fiber flourishes — but nothing that diminishes anyone’s eagerness to climb into the cockpit sometime after production launches next summer.

“They tell me its flat-plane crank engine makes amazing music,”’s Aaron Bragman remarked, “and I can’t wait to dance to it sometime in 2022.”

Other unanimous winners from the L.A. show included the 2023 Fisker Ocean, a small, all-electric SUV; the 2023 Kia Sportage, a mass-market compact SUV; and the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover, a full-size luxury SUV. On the other hand, new models earning across-the-board L’s include the 2022 Lexus LX 600, another full-size luxury SUV; and the 2023 Subaru Solterra, an all-electric compact SUV. Earning mixed reviews were the 2022 Subaru WRX performance sedan, as well as the electric Toyota I’d-Like-to-Buy-a-Vowel — er, the Toyota bZ4X. (That’s an all-electric SUV, too.)

For judges’ full commentary on all the L.A. winners and losers, follow the link below to’s No. 3 news story of the week.

Also showing well this week was Bragman’s quick spin in a 2022 Lucid Air, which he boldly endorses as “the next-generation electric car that the Tesla Model S should have become by now but hasn’t.” The Lucid Air in top form boasts specs like 1,111 horsepower, 1,025 pounds-feet of torque and around 500 miles of range. But beyond the EV accolades, Bragman noted its ultra-luxe interior appointments, abundant occupant and cargo space, refreshingly silent driving, warp-speed-worthy acceleration, light and agile steering, and natural-feeling brakes.

For Bragman’s full recounting of his Air time, follow the link below to the No. 5 article on this week’s countdown.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Toyota Tundra, Mercedes-EQ EQS, GMC Hummer EV, Mazda MX-30 and more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2022 Lexus LX 600 Up Close: First-Class Perks for First and Second Rows; Third Row? Don’t Ask

2. Up Close With the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover: Quiet, Classy Interior

3. 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show: Winners and Losers

4. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for Black Friday 2021?

5. 2022 Lucid Air Quick Spin: Astonishingly Good

6. 2022 Toyota Tundra Pricing (Mostly) Revealed, Starts at $37,645

7. 2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS: 6 Things We Like and 4 We Don’t

8. GMC Hummer EV Pickup Hits the Streets With 329-Mile Range, 7,500-Pound Max Towing

9. 2022 Mazda MX-30: What We Think About Mazda’s First-Ever EV

10. Is the Redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra a Good Truck? 6 Things We Like and 5 We Don’t

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