10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe Hotter Than Honda CR-V

honda-crv-2023-02-exterior-front 2023 Honda CR-V hybrid | photo by Jonathan Earley

Is it hot in here or is it just the 4xe? That’s the question owners of model-year 2022 and 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe plug-in hybrid electric SUVs should be asking themselves following a recently announced federal safety recall. On the bright side, people are learning of the issue — which affects more than 13,700 vehicles — as our report on the recall is’s most popular news article of the past week.

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At issue with recalled Wrangler Unlimited 4xe models is a faulty battery pack assembly that may fail to secure its fuse, which may cause excessive heat and result in a loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealers will inspect and replace the battery fuse for free and will also check the assembly for damage, replacing it if necessary.

To learn when owners should expect to receive official notification, as well as how to contact the automaker in the meantime, follow the link below to’s No. 1 news story of the week.

The Honda CR-V consistently ranks among the bestselling vehicles and, despite having declined almost as consistently in esteem among editors in the past five years, remains popular among compact SUV shoppers. No longer content to coast on residual popularity, Honda has made promising progress on the CR-V in its redesign for the 2023 model year. In his comprehensive critique of the all-new CR-V, reviewer Brian Normile calls out among improvements a sportier driving experience courtesy of the SUV’s torquier powertrain, more responsive handling, a stylish interior and exterior design inspired by the latest Honda Civic, user-friendly controls and layout, increased legroom and cargo space, and upgraded safety features such as wider camera and radar fields of view.

“After years of trending downward as the competition got better and it stayed the same, the all-new CR-V rights the ship and is once again a choice worthy of its historically strong sales,” Normile states.

For our full review of the 2023 Honda CR-V — including all the facets we weren’t as fond of — follow the link below to the No. 2 article of the week.

Beyond all that, we’ve got headlines on the Tesla Model Y, Genesis GV60, BMW i4 Gran Coupe, Toyota Highlander and Sequoia, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, Chevrolet Trax and Maserati GranTurismo — 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:

1. Nearly Every Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe PHEV Recalled for Overheating Battery Pack

2. 2023 Honda CR-V Review: Doing Its Civic Duty

3. Tesla Model Y Vs. Genesis GV60 Performance: Which Is Faster?

4. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for October 2022?

5. 2022 BMW i4 M50 Gran Coupe Review: Electric Rocket Ship

6. 2023 Toyota Highlander Quick Spin: New Heart, Same Pulse

7. Is the Redesigned 2023 Toyota Sequoia a Good SUV? 5 Pros and 4 Cons

8. 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Review: Nearly Silent Off-Roading Is Nice

9. Up Close With the 2024 Chevrolet Trax

10. 2024 Maserati GranTurismo: Amore, Now With Fewer Cylinders’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers. Email Matt Schmitz

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