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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Ford Maverick Tremor Shakes Off Honda Accord

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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.

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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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3. Used-Car Prices Are Finally Dropping; Here’s What to Expect in 2023

4. 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Quick Spin: Worth It to Rumble Off-Road?

5. Redesigned 2023 Honda Accord Accordingly Given Price Bump

6. Is the 2023 Genesis GV60 a Good Electric Car? 6 Pros and 4 Cons

7. 2023 Toyota Prius Review: Newly Sexy, Still Not Perfect

8. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Quick Spin: Is the 70th Anniversary Edition Worth It?

9. Which Cars Fit 3 Car Seats?

10. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for January 2023?

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