According to data cited by Capital One, “98% of all SUV and crossover buyers drive off-road over rocks or in mud at most once per year, if ever.” But that shouldn’t necessarily dissuade small-pickup shoppers from opting for the newly available Tremor Off-Road Package for the 2023 Ford Maverick, so long as your resolve goes unshaken by the nearly $3,000 extra the Tremor costs. That’s because this off-road-capable truck is actually a pretty good on-road vehicle if you live in a city with off-road-like on-road conditions.
Cars.com reviewer Brian Normile recently got some seat time in the Maverick Tremor in such a city (Chicago), where potholes are as plentiful as clichés about not putting ketchup on a hot dog. In Normile’s account of the Tremor’s city-driving strong points — one of the most popular articles of the past week — he notes that this Maverick’s off-road-ready suspension and tires cushion pavement imperfections; its 1-inch-greater ride height provides a more favorable seating position from which to monitor traffic; and its handling doesn’t fall victim to vagueness often plaguing asphalt-eschewing vehicles. That said, the Tremor package also brings additional noise from the knobby tires and four-cylinder engine, as well as fuel-efficiency and payload penalties.
For the full scoop on our quick spin in the 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor, follow the link below to the No. 4 news story of the week.
Just below the Maverick Tremor is the Honda Accord coming in at a close fifth place with our model-year pricing report. The redesigned-for-2023 four-door sedan is restyled inside and out, and it now offers a standard 7-inch touchscreen with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and safety upgrades in both the tech and construction departments. The Accord’s modestly increased starting price is now $28,390 (including a destination charge) for the LX model and steps gradually up across five additional trim levels — EX, Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring — to just under $39,000.
For full details on pricing for the 2023 Honda Accord, follow the link below to the No. 5 news story on this week’s countdown.
Beyond all that, we’ve got headlines on the Genesis GV60, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Corvette 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:
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