10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Ford Maverick Swats Dodge Hornet

ford-maverick-lariat-2022-05-dynamic-exterior-front-angle-grey-truck 2022 Ford Maverick | photo by Christian Lantry

Eventually, the bloom comes off the rose, the honeymoon period ends and that new-car smell becomes just … regular-car smell. Speaking of new cars, one of’s long-term test vehicles — the 2022 Ford Maverick — recently reached the sixth-month point in its planned one-year stint in our in-house fleet. So is it still the driving delight it felt like when everything was shiny and new? Yeah, pretty much.

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In one of’s most popular articles of the past week, editors share their experience-enhanced assessment of the small hybrid pickup truck. Fuel economy has fallen more closely in line with the Maverick’s impressive EPA estimates over the course of the warm-weather season (up 5 mpg to 38 mpg since June); ease of city parking and maneuverability has proven a plus for the diminutive truck; interior comfort and appointments are quite nice; and the fuel-saving electric-only mode is surprisingly easy to maintain without triggering gas use. That said, the brakes can feel grabby and nonlinear, and the 4.5-foot bed shows its limitations when tasked with family duty (like, say, two young children and two adults taking a trip to the beach with all their accompanying gear).

For the full rundown on how editors feel about the 2022 Ford Maverick after half a year of ownership, follow the link below to’s No. 3 article of the week.

Also creating buzz this week is the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet, set to arrive late this year to bring the brand’s current lineup its first compact SUV and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle — and to bring the small-SUV segment a rare performance-focused model. The Hornet promises styling similarities to its Stellantis sibling, the Alfa Romeo Tonale, a driver-focused cabin with performance cues, gas-only and plug-in-hybrid powertrains, and a starting price under $30,000 that undercuts top rivals.

For our full preview of the 2023 Dodge Hornet, follow the link below to’s No. 6 news story of the week. And for further reading, be sure to head further down the countdown to the No. 9 spot, where you’ll find reviewer Aaron Bragman’s account of his time getting up close with the Hornet at a media-only preview event.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Mazda CX-50, Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept 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.’s 2022 Car Seat Fit Report Card

2. When Will Used-Car Prices Drop? 3 Things Car Shoppers Should Know

3. 6 Months With a 2022 Ford Maverick: Is It Still Our Top Gun? 

4. What Does the EV Tax Credit Overhaul Mean for Car Shoppers?

5. 2023 Mazda CX-50 Review: Looks Aren’t Everything

6. 2023 Dodge Hornet: Performance-Oriented Small SUV Lands Under $30,000

7. Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept Previews America’s First Electric Muscle Car

8. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for August 2022?

9. 2023 Dodge Hornet Up Close: Italian Beef, American Seasoning

10. GM Begins First Phase of Retrofit Installation With Heated, Ventilated Seats’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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