10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Jeep Grand Cherokee Foils Ford Escape, Follows Fuel Sippers

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Redesigned for the 2022 model year, the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee manages to improve on a winning formula without betraying what won buyers over in the first place. But that’s not to say all is grand with the Grand Cherokee — you’ll find our rapid-fire rundown of the things we like and things we don’t like about the revamped mid-size SUV to be nearly equal in number.

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In one of’s most popular news stories of the past week, we tick off the two-row Grand Cherokee’s pros and cons, which include luxurious interior appointments; lineup-wide availability of desirable safety tech; the latest version of Jeep’s multimedia system; adequate power from the uplevel 357-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine; and easygoing ride and handling. Criticisms stem from poor all-around visibility; unfortunate fuel economy; lackluster backseat comfort; and some annoying tech oddities. For the full context on what we loved and loathed about the 2022 Grand Cherokee, follow the link below to the No. 5 news article on this week’s countdown.

In the second-place spot is something every car shopper can use in these ever-inflating fiscal times: a roundup of the best new-car deals out there for the current month — led off by the 2021 Ford Escape. The compact SUV is eligible for 1% to 6% off from the factory, and the offer runs through April 4, so you still have some time to find one. Other enticing offers this month — all expiring after March 31 — include $500 off the 2022 Hyundai Elantra sedan; $1,000 to $1,500 off the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee WK; and $1,250 to $4,000 off the 2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star pickup truck. For full details, follow the link below to the No. 9 article of the week.

And if you’re looking to save money by buying used and going fuel-efficient, we’ve got you covered there, too. Model-year 2017 cars with the best gas mileage include the Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Fit, Honda Civic and Jaguar XE. Model-year 2017 SUVs include the Mazda CX-3, Subaru Impreza 5-Door, Honda HR-V, Honda CR-V and Buick Encore. And model-year 2017 pickup trucks include the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Honda Ridgeline. For further details on each of these fuel-sipping models — in addition to recommended hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for each body style — follow the link below to the No. 4 news story on this week’s countdown.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Ford Maverick, Acura RDX and much more, so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

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