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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Kia EV9 Does Fine, Acura TLX Type S Slightly Less

acura tlx type s 2024 09 exterior rear angle scaled jpg 2024 Acura TLX Type S | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

Choosing an all-electric three-row SUV to ferry your family efficiently or a luxury sports sedan to go in style both have their pros and cons; then, once you’ve weighed your options, whichever model you choose has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. We help you narrow down the assets and liabilities of your choices in two of Cars.com’s most popular news articles of the past week — both rapid-fire roundups of the things we like and dislike about the 2024 Kia EV9 and 2024 Acura TLX Type S.

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The EV9, an entirely new vehicle for the 2024 model year, earned our reviewers’ praise for its variety of choices in terms of features and equipment, as well as powertrains and total estimated driving range; lightning-fast charging speeds; cavernous cabin courtesy of the upright, boxy shape shared with its shorter-wheelbase-having Telluride sister SUV; a nicely appointed, well-configured interior design boasting digital displays for days while respecting the timeless value of physical controls; and comfortable, admirably absorbent ride. Criticisms centered on the sustainable cabin materials’ tendency to read “cut-rate” rather than “reduced footprint”; hard-to-reach climate controls; and gulp-inducing price range.

For the full context of our list of what we loved and loathed about the 2024 Kia EV9, follow the link below to the No. 4 news story of the week.

Meanwhile, the TLX excelled in the areas of acceleration thanks to an 83-horsepower boost channeled through a silky-shifting six-speed automatic transmission; a new adaptive suspension setup offering track-day thrills in a civilian sedan; screen time, namely twin 12.3-inch digital displays for infotainment and instrumentation; standard safety and convenience tech; room to maneuver — i.e. a reasonably roomy cockpit; and interior appointments boasting sophisticated flourishes and materials. A few bummers come in the form of Acura’s insistence on staying with that clunky console-mounted touchpad versus the universally accepted touchscreen; stingy legroom and headroom for backseat passengers; and a price that can quickly inflate if you get too fancy with the online configurator.

For further details on our love-hate relationship with the 2024 Acura TLX Type S, follow the link below to the No. 6 news story on this week’s countdown of most read articles.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Tesla Model Y, Lexus LC 500, electric vehicles, hybrids, cargo specs 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. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for Fourth of July 2024?

2. 2024 Cars.com American-Made Index: Which Cars Are the Most American?

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

4. Is the 2024 Kia EV9 a Good Electric SUV? 5 Pros, 3 Cons

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

6. Is the 2024 Acura TLX Type S a Good Car? 6 Pros, 3 Cons

7. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

8. 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Review: The Last Truly Luxe Lexus?

9. Which SUVs, Minivans and Sedans Have the Most Cargo Space?

10. What Are the Best 2024 Hybrids for the Money?

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