Age before beauty, as the saying goes — and that’s just what happened this week on our list of most popular news articles when the salt-and-pepper-haired Volvo XC90 bested the still-wet-behind-the-ears Kia Seltos. Now, that’s not to say that the XC90 isn’t beautiful. The Swedish automaker wisely opted to preserve the understated elegance of the SUV’s exterior styling for its 2020 refresh. In fact, those classy looks are one of the stated “pros” in our rapid-fire rundown of the things we like and things we don’t like about the XC90 — our No. 1 story of the week.
Some other likes for Volvo’s biggest SUV were the oomph of its optional plug-in-hybrid powertrain, new seating configurations, improved brake behavior, luxurious cabin appointments and standard safety features. In our No. 2 story this week, meanwhile — which happens to be another laundry list of our likes and dislikes, this time focusing on the 2021 Kia Seltos — this just-introduced subcompact SUV earned praise for good performance specs for the base engine, the availability of two base trim choices, the robust all-wheel-drive system, stylish exterior, roomy interior dimensions and accommodating infotainment.
Want to know where we threw a little shade at the XC90 and Seltos? You’ll have to follow the links below to our top two articles — and if you’re interested in the redesigned-for-2020 Toyota Highlander, another pros-and-cons piece can be found at No. 7.
Rounding out the top five are: our exploration of why in Cars.com’s long-term-test-car and Best of 2020-winning Hyundai Palisade that Apple CarPlay occupies the entire multimedia screen when in use, but Android Auto does not, at No. 3; our comprehensive annual update on which cars have self-driving features (the list is growing!), at No. 4; and our overview of how the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is impacting your ability to buy a car, at No. 5.
Beyond that, high-interest headlines on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, 2020 Audi S4 and 2021 Genesis GV80 lie in wait — and it’s rude to keep them waiting! Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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