There’s no corner of the U.S. news cycle that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hasn’t touched — and car news is no exception, not by a long shot. In fact, the auto industry is among the industries that could see some of the biggest impacts from the outbreak as it calls into question everything from the parts supply chain to manufacturing plants, and from shoppers’ ability to visit dealer lots to dealers’ ability to move inventory. It goes without saying that even if the coronavirus weren’t the subject of the No. 1 article on our weekly list of Cars.com’s most popular content, it would still be the Biggest News Story of the Week.
As it were, readers flocked to our advice story packed with useful information about how to shop for a car amid a national crisis that has made the term “social distancing” a household word and spurred precautionary closures of businesses from restaurants to retail to, yep, some car dealerships. Our top story of the week addresses questions car shoppers might be asking themselves, such as, “Do I risk coronavirus exposure from shopping for a car?” and “Does the virus mean there will be more deals?” as well as always-valid tips for questions about whether you should buy new or used, how much you can afford and how you get the best financing rate — all in addition to links to our current crop of expert reviews to help you narrow down what you’re looking for. Follow the link to our top story below for all that and more.
We’ll be the first to admit that it almost seems frivolous to talk about car shopping at times like these — but damn it, that’s what we do here, and we wanna give you something to do to take your mind off this scary stuff while you’re self-quarantined and maybe even get a car-purchasing plan ready for when you’re ready to venture back out. And at No. 2 this week, we have just the thing for anyone down for distraction in our rapid-fire roundup of the things we like — and the things that, if you can believe it, we don’t — about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and its first-ever mid-engine design. (There’s more in store for Vette fans at No. 7, where you’ll find our test-drive video of the redesigned sports-car icon.)
Rounding out the top five are our explainer on what the term GTO stands for (it’s not as cut-and-dried as you might think), a back-and-forth debate between Cars.com expert reviewers Brian Wong and Fred Meier on the merits of the 2020 Toyota Camry’s sported-up TRD version, and a Jeep recall affecting both the Wrangler off-road SUV and the all-new-for-2020 Gladiator pickup truck for a transmission-related fire risk.
News on the U.S.-bound Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV, 2021 Chevrolet Traverse and 2021 Hyundai Elantra come later in the list, so be sure to stick it out to the end. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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