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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Santa Cruz, Tesla Truck Tame Mustang Mach-E

ford mustang mach e first edition 2021 17 angle  exterior  front  red jpg 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | photo by Brian Wong

Ford’s 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV charged onto the scene this week with a big, ostentatious reveal ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, and readers were amped about it. Our full preview of the all-new, non-Mustang Tesla competitor rocketed to the No. 3 spot among our most popular stories, while our coverage of Ford’s announcement that the all-electric performance SUV would carry the Mustang moniker landed the Mach-E a second spot on the countdown, this time at No. 10.

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A quick trip to the top should come as no surprise for the Mach-E, which at its most powerful puts out 459 horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque and reportedly hauls ass to 60 mph in the Mustang GT-besting mid-3-second range — and speaking of range, it’s expected to get 235 miles on a full charge. We’ll kindly take your clicks, but y’all may wanna calm down a bit, as the Mach-E won’t cross the finish line onto dealership lots until late 2020 at the earliest.

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Despite its formidable performance projections, the Mach-E was unable to cruise past either the Santa Cruz — the California-beach-town-named-pickup-truck-to-come from Hyundai — or the exhaustingly hyped upcoming pickup from Tesla, dubbed Cybertruck. The Santa Cruz is a Honda Ridgeline-like compact-crossover-based pickup due in 2021 or 2022, whereas Cybertruck will arrive on Tesla time (which ranges from any moment now to never). Both were the covered in our weekly roundup of all of our pickup truck coverage on both and sister site, which lands at No. 2 on our top stories list.

hyundai santa cruz crossover concept 02 angle  exterior  rear  silver jpg Hyundai Santa Cruz concept | Manufacturer image

Taking the No. 1 spot among our most popular articles was our helpful primer on how the process of leasing a car works. We’d summarize it here, but judging by the response to the story in terms of readership … chances are you already know how leasing a car works by this time. Rounding out the top five were our preview of the just-now-poppin’-off 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show covering all the new models debuting in the City of Angels at No. 4, and reviewer Brian Wong’s comprehensive critique of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne luxury performance SUV at No. 5.

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If you’re into pickup truck news, there’s a heavy payload of it in the second half of the countdown, with appearances from the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra, so press on. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. How Does Leasing a Car Work?

2. All the Pickup Truck News: Hyundai Santa Cruz Cruises In, Tesla Cybertruck Approaches and More

3. 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: ‘Electric Mustang SUV’ Is Not a Typo

4. 2019 L.A. Auto Show: 2020 Land Rover Defender and Everything Else We Expect

5. 2019 Porsche Cayenne Review: Give and Take

6. 2020 Nissan Titan Review: No Longer a ‘Yeah, But’ Truck

7. 10 Biggest Pickup Truck Stories: 2020 Toyota Tundra Pulls Ahead With Nissan Titan in Tow

8. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: Everything You Need to Know

9. Nissan Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60: Recall Alert

10. Ford’s New Mustang-Themed Electric SUV to be Called the Mach-E

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