10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Ford Ranger, Toyota Highlander Duke It Out

ford-ranger-2019-05-angle--drag-strip--dynamic--exterior--front--red.jpg 2019 Ford Ranger | photo by Christian Lantry

Amid a holiday week rife with year-end sales and zero-percent financing, readers zeroed in on two disparate models: the 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck and the 2020 Toyota Highlander three-row SUV. Both vehicles played a big role in our most-read articles through the final week of 2019.

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The Ranger, recently reintroduced to the U.S. after a hiatus, has garnered owner complaints of a nagging shudder during low-speed acceleration. We’ve also observed it in three separate test trucks, and the issue contributed to’s sister site,, topping last week’s most popular stories.

toyota-highlander-2020-24-exterior-rear-red-angle.jpg 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | photo by Kelsey Mays

Second up is an overhauled family hauler, the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Toyota held a media preview for the redesigned SUV in San Antonio, a recent addition to America’s tricentennial club. Anyone shopping three-row SUVs might feel like they have as many choices as the Alamo City has years, so we Texas-two-stepped down to see how it stacks up. After testing five examples of the Highlander and related Highlander Hybrid, our review — which lauded quality and technology but chided the SUV’s modest space — drew enough readers to drive last week’s No. 2 story.

porsche-cayenne-turbo-2019-01-exterior--profile--silver.jpg 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo | photo by Brian Wong

The third most popular story to close out 2019 was a rundown of hits and misses on the redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne. We’re fans of the luxury SUV’s suspension and drivetrains, even in base form, but not so wild about the user interface and Porsche’s insistence on charging extra for driver-assist features.

There’s plenty more beyond that: the latest news from Tesla, rundowns on the 2019 GMC Canyon pickup truck and 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus electric hatchback, two recalls from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a review of Nissan’s redesigned Versa and an explainer on commercial driver’s licenses. Here’s the full list of the top 10 biggest news stories that readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

  1. All the Pickup Truck News: 2019 Ford Ranger Doesn’t Have Great Vibes, Multiple GM Recalls and More
  2. Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: 2020 Toyota Highlander Has the High Ground This Week 
  3. 2019 Porsche Cayenne: 4 Things We Like (and 3 Not So Much)
  4. The Week in Tesla News: Holiday Updates, Stock Gets High(er), Cybertruck Competition and the Bionic Tesla Owner
  5. 2019 GMC Canyon: Everything You Need to Know 
  6. 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: Everything You Need to Know
  7. 2018-2019 Chrysler Pacifica: Recall Alert
  8. What Does CDL Stand For?
  9. 2005-2006 Dodge Viper: Recall Alert
  10. 2020 Nissan Versa Review: Not as Cheap, Much Better Value 

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