10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Ford Maverick Goes Out on High Note, Honda Pilot Takes Off

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“I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave” is a cheeky, cheesy way to bid a fawning farewell to an ex-paramor, but it’s also a pretty apropos way to illustrate how we felt about a recent breakup. Cars.com has parted company with the 2022 Ford Maverick that occupied our fleet of long-term test cars since winning our Best of the Year 2022 award. Our little Dear John letter to the Maverick Lariat hybrid — editors’ reflections on the much they loved, and the precious little they didn’t, about the pipsqueak pickup truck — sends it out on a high note in more ways than one, as it lands in the top spot among Cars.com’s most popular articles of the past week.

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Unlike some exes, whom you scrub from your social media and try to forget the whole affair ever happened, we’d be delighted to hook up again with the Maverick. In addition to naming it Cars.com’s best pickup truck for the second consecutive year in 2023, our editors were sweet on it for its big-pickup utility and capability in a genie-lamp package (how ’bout those towing and payload capacities?); impressive fuel economy (despite our difficulty validating EPA estimates in the real world); pleasantly buoyant resale value (just 9% down from what we originally paid); and eager-to-please versatility, whether running errands around town or hauling hazardous waste to the disposal site.

For our editors’ full reflections on their time with the 2022 Ford Maverick, follow the link below to the No. 1 article of the week.

Ascending to the third-place position on this week’s countdown is our rapid-fire rundown of the things we like and don’t like about the 2023 Honda Pilot. In the plus column for the redesigned mid-size SUV are its smooth ride and confident handling, even over less-than-ideal surfaces; a TrailSport trim boasting equipment and enhancements that do justice (for a change) to its off-road appearance, in the unlikely event its owner actually decides to leave the pavement; a new smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission that channels power confidently when called upon; physical knobs and buttons to control upgraded and responsive infotainment functions; and cabin comfort aplenty, with generous headroom and legroom in the first two rows of seats. Points off the board for reduced outward visibility and interior storage access; improved, yet still inadequate, third-row legroom; and some annoying quirks on downshifts from the otherwise improved gearbox.

For the full details on our delights and disappointments regarding the 2023 Honda Pilot, follow the link below to the No. 3 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Subaru Crosstrek, Lexus NX, Land Rover Defender, Lexus RZ 450e and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. Our Long-Term 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Is Gone, But We Still Love It 

2. What Are the Best Used Cars for $10,000?

3. Is the 2023 Honda Pilot a Good SUV? 5 Pros and 3 Cons

4. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

5. Which SUVs, Minivans and Sedans Have the Most Cargo Space?

6. 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Review: The Precarious Process of Not Screwing It Up

7. 2024 Lexus NX Lineup Gets Light Updates for New Model Year, Starts at $40,205

8. What Are the Best Used Cars for $15,000?

9. 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 Review: Long and Loving It

10. 2023 Lexus RZ 450e Review: Delightful in (Almost) All the Right Places

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