10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Honda Clarity, Tesla Trump New York

04-honda-clarity-phev-2018-exterior--green--rear-angle.jpg 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid | photo by Christian Lantry had its full team of automotive journalists on the scene last week at the media preview of the 2019 New York International Auto Show to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the debuts, straight from the show floor. And while our New York coverage dominates this week’s list of most popular articles, occupying seven of the top 10 spots, no single story even came close to the top two in terms of mouse clicks (OK, most of you are using your smartphones, but you get the point).

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This week’s No. 1 article — reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder’s full critique of the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid — no doubt got an extra charge out of the fact that Monday was Earth Day and the Clarity was announced as our 2019 Eco-Friendly Car of the Year. In his generally positive review, Wiesenfelder noted that if car buyers who primarily use their vehicles for commuting were more aware of how few miles they really traveled getting to and from work each week, they might not have the same “range anxiety” often associated with vehicles that use electric power such as the Clarity.

“One of the biggest problems is that consumers don’t recognize how little range they truly need on a daily basis when charging overnight at home rather than fueling publicly,” Wiesenfelder says. “As a result, EV models with ranges of less than 200 miles — the more affordable options — get overlooked. Unless you’re trying to get by with an EV as your only car, the high premium you pay for long electric ranges may be a waste. For someone who wants to get his or her feet wet without risk, a well-executed plug-in hybrid like the Clarity Plug-In does the job with practically no trade-offs.”

Hot on the Clarity’s heels, at No. 2, is our weekly roundup of all the week’s biggest Tesla news. The top headline on that front was that the much-hyped $35,000 entry-level version of the Tesla Model 3 sedan — you know, the one for which the entire marketing campaign was basically how this was a Tesla for the masses? — had disappeared from the luxury-electric automaker’s website and would be more complicated to procure, though not being eliminated entirely … for now.

Rounding out this week’s top five were a trio of stories out of New York, including our First Impressions of Audi’s new-for-2019 Q3 luxury SUV, our full preview telling you everything we know about the 2020 Toyota Highlander, and our expert reviewers’ rundown of what’s hot and what’s not at the auto show in Winners and Losers.

And there’s a lot more where all that came from. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Review: A Rare Winner of Its Kind

2. The Week in Tesla News: Model 3 $35K No More, Lease Deal Available, Autopilot for All

3. 2019 Audi Q3 Is Bigger, Wiser and More Practical

4. 2020 Toyota Highlander Grows a Little, Gets More Efficient Hybrid

5. 2019 New York Auto Show: Winners and Losers

6. 2020 Subaru Outback: Familiar on Its Face, All-New Underneath

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8. 2019 New York Auto Show: What You Missed

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