In ordinary times, news and reviews on the perennially popular, straight-down-the-middle, family-hauling people pleaser, the Honda CR-V, would bring car shoppers out of the woodwork to plan their next purchase — and with its first-ever hybrid variant debuting for the new model year, the 2020 CR-V should’ve been no exception. But these aren’t ordinary times, are they?
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In just a few short weeks, Americans went from dismissive memes comparing the COVID-19 coronavirus threat to all of the seemingly ginned up diseases of the past decade like SARS and swine flu that never really seemed to live up to their fear factor — to massive cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago looking like the Times Square scene from “Vanilla Sky” as entire states declare shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders.
The automotive industry may feel far removed from all this compared with restaurants and retail stores, but automakers and dealerships are suddenly wrestling with questions ranging from which parts of their operations are considered “essential” and thus allowed to remain open during mandated shutdowns, to how to facilitate online shopping, sales, and even test drives and car deliveries, for customers who may have a very clear and present need to own a car now.
Our experts and editors have been doing our literal damndest to consider the questions car shoppers are currently asking into the internet ether: Can I buy a car during the coronavirus pandemic? Should I? Are there cars with particularly good deals I should be considering under the circumstances? If I do buy a vehicle, will I be able to get it registered with my state? If my lease is running out during the shutdown, what will I do?
Naturally, coronavirus coverage has dominated our headlines lately and — naturally — it’s likewise dominating our weekly list of most popular articles. With the exceptions of our expert review of the aforementioned 2020 Honda CR-V at No. 7, and our advice piece on the best deals in March on three-row SUVs, one spot above it at No. 6, all the rest are from our exhaustive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on every sector of the automotive industry, from manufacturers to dealers to you.
We hope you’ll find useful information for your car-shopping journey that makes things just a little easier for you during these uncertain times. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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