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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Palisade Stays High, Tesla Model Y Goes Bye-Bye

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If you made a pre-pandemic purchase on the strength of our expert reviewers’ consensus that the Hyundai Palisade was the best three-row SUV for 2020, you can probably keep scrolling … that is, unless you wanna pat yourself on the back for your prescience. For all others currently in the market, you might consider following those Palisade purchasers’ lead, as this excellent SUV again earned Cars.com’s honor as the best three-row SUV you can buy, now for the 2024 model year — and we tell you all about it in two of our most popular news articles of the past week.

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The Palisade faced stiff competition for the nod after running the gauntlet of Cars.com’s exhaustive real-world testing in a comparison against a roster of top rivals in the class. These included fellow model-year 2024 rivals the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Grand Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas. The Palisade Calligraphy Night Edition, at an as-tested price of just under $56,000 — the spendiest of the seven vehicles — scored a relatively tight win. The Palisade was the overall winner in categories evaluating front-seat comfort, interior quality and value, while tying for safety features with its Kia counterpart and performing competitively in other categories.

Despite its repeat success, the three-row SUV field grows fiercely competitive.

“All in all, the Palisade hasn’t radically changed from when we declared it our winner more than four years ago,” Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman concluded. “Its strengths are still its strengths, but the competition is dangerously close to catching up, and there are more new models on the way that should also challenge the big Hyundai’s dominance.”

For full details on how each model finished in the 2024 three-row SUV face-off (including specific trim levels, powertrains, specs, equipment, strengths, weaknesses and the rest), follow the links below to the No. 2 and No. 3 articles on this week’s countdown of most read news stories.

Ranking just above those was a requisite swan song for the latest member of Cars.com’s fleet of long-term test cars to be sent down the road to make way for something new. We kept our 2021 Tesla Model Y around for more than two years before trading it in for another all-electric SUV, the 2024 Kia EV9. In the retrospective of the years of Model Y ownership — during which we tested the EV extensively in scenarios a private owner would encounter — we found our relationship with this small SUV to be a bit of a love-hate affair. We were wooed by the undeniable convenience of Tesla’s Supercharger network, accuracy of the Model Y’s driving range estimate and generous mileage on a full charge, lively driving dynamics and well-designed cargo storage. Conversely, making us ask ourselves, “Model why?” were the sequestering of driving info in the less-than-ideally positioned center touchscreen; some seemingly spit-and-popsicle-sticks assembly quirks; poor ride quality; and inhospitable third row.

For our full look back on our time with the 2021 Tesla Model Y, follow the link below to the No. 1 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Polestar 2, Cadillac CT5, cheap new cars, cheap used cars 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:

1. After More Than 2 Years and 22,000 Miles, We’ve Said Bye-Bye to Our Tesla Model Y

2. What’s the Best 3-Row SUV for 2024?

3. 2024 3-Row SUV Challenge: Repeat Champ Hyundai Palisade Proves Hard to Beat

4. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Right Now

5. Here Are the 11 Cheapest Electric Vehicles You Can Buy

6. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

7. Lease Deal Drops Electric Polestar 2 Price to $299 per Month

8. 2025 Cadillac CT5: New Screen, Starts at $48,990

9. Are Hybrid Cars More Expensive to Maintain or Repair Than a Gas Car?

10. What Are the Best Used Cars for $15,000?

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