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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Lexus LX 600 Reigns Over Range Rover

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The Los Angeles Auto Show returned this month for 2021 with appearances from the Lexus LX and Land Rover Range Rover, both redesigned for the 2022 model year. Like pretty much every other major automotive exhibition during the pandemic, L.A. went missing in action last year, but the Lost Angeles Auto Show made up for lost time — as did Cars.com’s team of expert reviewers, who were on the scene bringing you comprehensive coverage straight from the show floor like it was 2019 again. And readers evidently were just as eager to catch up on the latest new-model news as the Cars.com crew was to be providing it, with the LX and Range Rover dominating the top two spots on our countdown of the most popular articles of the week.

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Taking the first-place spot was the 2022 Lexus LX 600, which lays on the luxe in its latest iteration with the all-new Ultra Luxury trim and pumps up the performance with the first-ever LX 600 F Sport. The full-size SUV scored brownie points for including physical climate controls with its dual-screen multimedia system, as well as for its spacious, well-appointed and all-around coddling second row. LX 600 shoppers who are prepared to pony up the extra cash for the Ultra Luxury model should go for it since the trim eliminates the SUV’s third-rate third row — which is far too uncomfortable to use in anything less than a passenger-hauling pinch anyway and cuts into cargo space.

For our full first impressions of the 2022 Lexus LX 600 at the L.A. Auto Show, follow the link below to our No. 1 news story of the week.

Coming in close behind in the second-place spot is an up-close report on the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover, which, like the LX, impresses with its high-grade interior appointments but falls flat the further back you go. The opulent off-roading icon impressed with its nearly silently shutting doors, indulgent cabin materials, obsessive attention to detail, physical climate and infotainment controls, and exterior styling that manages to update the SUV without betraying its indelible appearance. Its third row, though, struggles with passenger-space problems and a low seating position that both similarly plague the LX 600.

Follow the link below to our No. 2 news story of the week for our full first impressions of the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover.

And bringing up a distant third place was our full report on the results of Cars.com’s segment-spanning multi-vehicle comparison test to find the best compact SUV for 2021. Competitors included the 2021 Nissan Rogue, 2022 Hyundai Tucson, 2021 Subaru Forester, 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2021 Honda CR-V. The Rogue snatched victory from the Tucson by a mere 4-point margin, leaving the other four safely in the rearview mirror.

For our comprehensive breakdown of how our judges scored each SUV and why, follow the link below to the No. 3 article on this week’s countdown.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the GMC Hummer EV, Toyota Tundra, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox 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. 2022 Lexus LX 600 Up Close: First-Class Perks for First and Second Rows; Third Row? Don’t Ask

2. Up Close With the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover: Quiet, Classy Interior

3. What’s the Best Compact SUV?

4. Fuel Pump Issue Impels Mazda to Recall 121,000 Cars, SUVs

5. From Last to First: The Nissan Rogue Wins Our Compact SUV Comparison

6. What Is the GMC Hummer EV’s CrabWalk Feature? 

7. Is the Redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra a Good Truck? 6 Things We Like and 5 We Don’t

8. Up Close With the 2023 Kia Sportage: Bigger Really Is Better

9. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for November 2021?

10. 2022 Toyota Tundra Pricing (Mostly) Revealed, Starts at $37,645

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