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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Santa Fe Keeps Audi Q3 in Its Blind Spot Monitor

20-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-MFR 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe | Manufacturer image

With its big brother, the all-new three-row 2020 Hyundai Palisade, dominating most of the Hyundai SUV headlines this year, it feels like the ol’ five-seat Santa Fe has gotten short shrift. Updated for the 2019 model year and, at the time, saddled with a confounding lineup name shuffle (but let’s not dredge up thatdebacleagain) prior to the Palisade’s arrival, the Santa Fe is back for 2020 with a trim-level reshuffle, a tick-higher pricing and a welcome new safety feature. All that helped propel our story about the new Santa Fe to the No. 1 spot on our weekly list of most popular news stories.

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The aforementioned safety feature is actually a Palisade hand me down called Blind-View Monitor. The camera system displays a view of the driver’s blind spot when the turn signal is activated — much like Honda’s defunct LaneWatch feature, but capable of displaying both sides’ blind spot, as opposed to LaneWatch, which only showed in conjunction with the right-hand turn signal. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $26,995 for the base SE and reaches $36,745 for the range-topping Limited (prices include a $1,095 destination charge). You can find the full breakdown via the link below.

20-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-Blindspot-Monitor 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe | Manufacturer image

The Santa Fe’s success meant that Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley’s First Drive of the 2019 Audi Q3 had to settle for second place. The entry-level-luxury subcompact SUV faces new rivals in the Volvo XC40 and Lexus UX in an increasingly competitive segment.

“Luxury brands have long used compact sedans to court new buyers, but in a market revolving more and more around SUVs, it’s models like the Q3 that’ll increasingly become consumers’ introduction to luxury brands,” Hanley writes. “For Audi, the new Q3 makes a good first impression overall, and it should appeal to both first-time luxury buyers and shoppers wanting to downsize from a larger luxury vehicle.”

audi-q3-2019-05-blue--exterior--front.jpg 2019 Audi Q3 | Cars.com photo by Mike Hanley

Rounding out the top five are our weekly Saturday shopping guide, compiling our most recent reviews and car-buying tips to prepare you for your dealership visit; a download on 2020 updates to the long-in-the-tooth luxury Lexus LX 570 full-size, body-on-frame SUV; and a quick-hit rundown of the things our expert reviewers like and don’t like about the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Catch up now on all that and all the rest. Here are the top 10 news articles Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Reshuffles Trims, Adds Palisade’s Nifty Blind Spot Cameras

2. 2019 Audi Q3 First Drive: Elevating Entry-Level Luxury

3. Want to Buy a Car in August? Read This First

4.4 Ways to Sport That Luxury Life With the 2020 Lexus LX 570

5. 2019 Ram 1500: 10 Things We Like and 3 Things We Don’t

6. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Vs. Ford Mustang GT: Drag Strip Tested

7. Recall Recap: The 5 Biggest Recalls in July

8. Volkswagen Nixes 6-Year Warranty: What Shoppers Need to Know

9. 2020 Nissan Versa Not the Cheapest New Car, But It Is a Helluva Better Value

10. Which Cars Have Third-Row Seating for 2019?

nissan-versa-2019-fm-angle--exterior--rear--red-06.jpg 2020 Nissan Versa SR | Cars.com photo by Fred Meier

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