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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Mazda3 Moves Up, Ford Escape Escalates

2019 Mazda3

If compact sedans and hatchbacks have fallen out of favor with car buyers, someone forgot to tell that to Cars.com readers — at least when it comes to the Mazda3. Our one-stop clearinghouse article comprising news, reviews and basically everything shoppers might need to know about the redesigned Mazda3 — back for 2019 with a streamlined exterior style, a mild-hybrid engine assist and all-wheel drive — reached up and grabbed the top spot on weekly list of most popular news stories as if Americans had never even heard the phrase "sport utility vehicle."

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Meanwhile, the all-new 2020 Ford Escape absconded with two spots on this week's lineup, with our full preview dropping in at No. 4, and Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman's account of his in-person first impressions of the compact SUV at No. 6. Another twofer this week comes courtesy of Cars.com's 2019 Compact SUV Challenge, as we report real-world fuel economy figures from two of the competitors in our recent multicar comparison of seven of the best-selling small crossovers on the market; the 2019 Subaru Forester mileage test came in third and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 ninth.

2020 Ford Escape

Rounding out the top five were our weekly compilation of the hottest headlines about Tesla cars that we could Musker ... er, I mean, muster ... at No. 2, along with our breakdown of eight things we really dig (and five we're not over the moon for) about the all-new 2019 Honda Passport SUV at No. 5.

Wondering how you could've missed all that exciting car news? It's not too late to stay in the know. Here are the top 10 stories Cars.com readers couldn't get enough of in the past seven days:

1. 2019 Mazda3: Everything You Need to Know

2. The Week in Tesla News: Autopilot Hackers, Model Y Pricing Changes and a Hot New Single

3. 2019 Subaru Forester MPG: Our Real-World Testing Results

4. Can Revamped 2020 Ford Escape Take on the Compact SUV Competition?

5. 2019 Honda Passport: 8 Things We Like and 5 We Don't

6. 2020 Ford Escape: Ford Made You a Porsche Macan

7. 2019 Mazda6 Drops Stick, Adds Safety Tech, Bumps Price

8. Volvo Adds Polestar Punch to 2020 V60, XC60

9. 2019 Toyota RAV4 MPG: Our Real-World Testing Results

10. All the Pickup Truck News: Gladiator, Gladiator, Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

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