10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Chevy Traverse, Ford Explorer Vs. Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, Toyota Camry

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As famed screenwriting author Syd Field has said, “All drama is conflict.” So to ensure maximum drama at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show earlier in February — oh, and also to provide helpful comparisons among competing models for car shoppers — editors and reviewers hit the exhibit floor to pit SUV against SUV and sedan against sedan. Like a song with no chorus, it’s all about the verses … er, well, versus.

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In the most popular article on’s countdown of most read stories of the week, it’s the redesigned 2024 Chevrolet Traverse versus the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer in a mid-size, three-row SUV face-off. Reviewer Damon Bell compared and contrasted the sporty interior appointments of the Traverse’s RS trim and the Explorer’s ST trim. The Traverse, if narrowly, won in second-row passenger comfort; third-row comfort and access also went to the Traverse, though both waybacks are best suited to children; for cargo space both behind the third row and with the seats folded down, the Explorer also trailed the Traverse; while their respective multimedia systems and digital gauge clusters needed a full real-world workup in order to render an educated opinion.

So, did we call it for the 2024 Traverse or the 2025 Explorer? In the parlance of a clickbaity Buzzfeed headline circa 2011, the answer may surprise you — so follow the link below to the No. 1 news story of the week.

Elsewhere on the Chicago Auto Show floor, mid-size sedans wanted all the smoke, with the 2024 Hyundai Sonata having a family squabble with its South Korean corporate cousin, the 2025 Kia K5 — and both simultaneously throwing down with the 2025 Toyota Camry. All three get substantial updates inside and out, while the Camry goes hybrid-only for the next model year. All three family sedans get multimedia displays measuring about 12 inches, but the tied Sonata and K5 edge out the Camry in wow factor by linking that touchscreen up with the comparable-sized digital instrument cluster to form a massive digital display spanning half of the dashboard. The Camry clinches the climate-controls contest by eschewing touch-sensitive switches (found in both the Sonata and K5) for preferred physical knobs and buttons, and the Sonata’s steering-column-mounted gear selector edges out the K5 and Camry by freeing up space in the center console. Finally, the Camry noses past its rivals in overall seat comfort thanks to an airier-feeling backseat.

That gives the 2025 Toyota Camry a win in two categories, while the 2024 Hyundai Sonata settles for a single win and a tie — but you can follow the link below to the No. 2 news story and weigh the final score based on your specific car-shopping needs.

Beyond that, we have headlines on Toyota’s Land Cruiser, Corolla Hybrid and Grand Highlander, the Kia Carnival and much 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. Auto Show Faceoff: 2024 Chevrolet Traverse Vs. 2025 Ford Explorer

2. 2024 Hyundai Sonata Vs. 2025 Kia K5 Vs. 2025 Toyota Camry: Auto Show Faceoff

3. 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Up Close: An Off-Road Hero Gets Modernized

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5. 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: An Ideal Appliance

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7. Is the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander a Good SUV? 5 Pros, 3 Cons

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9. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

10. 2025 Kia Carnival Up Close: Now Hybrid in Another Way’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers. Email Matt Schmitz

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