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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Nissan Ariya Arises, Kia Telluride Trails

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If you’re in the market for a new car and in search of an informed opinion from a knowledgeable source, you’ve clicked on the right link. This latest edition of our countdown of most-read articles of the past week is top-heavy with comprehensive car critiques from Cars.com’s team of expert reviewers, spanning nearly every automotive segment you might be considering. This week’s top five includes reviews of an all-electric compact SUV, the 2023 Nissan Ariya; a mid-size SUV, the 2023 Kia Telluride; a performance pickup truck, the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R; and even an all-new full-size sedan, the 2023 Toyota Crown.

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By far, the most popular among these reviews is the Ariya, arriving for the 2023 model year after a series of setbacks to double Nissan’s electric-vehicle lineup (to two) and to see if it can give EV rivals from Chevrolet, Ford and Volkswagen a run for their money. And things look promising in that regard, judging by Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger’s Ariya assessment. Geiger commends the EV for its refreshingly normal driving dynamics, comfortable ride, quiet cabin, low-key-but-stylish interior, eager off-the-line acceleration, natural-feeling regenerative brakes, and generous space for both legs and luggage. The reviewer’s main complaints were with the Ariya’s so-so range, with the standard battery managing 205 miles to 216 miles on a full charge, and its rather hefty price ranging from about $44,000 to more than $61,000 — not to mention its unfashionably late arrival to the plugged-in party.

“Nissan was an EV pioneer with the Leaf, so it’s no surprise the Ariya is good,” Geiger concludes in her review. “What is surprising is that it took the automaker so long to launch its first all-electric SUV.”

For our comprehensive critique of the 2023 Nissan Ariya, follow the link below to the No. 1 article on this week’s countdown.

Although hardly second-best, the 2023 Kia Telluride does have to settle for second place this week. The lightly refreshed three-row SUV is what you get when you combine the following cliches: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and “No news is good news.” Per Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive critique of the much-loved SUV, shoppers may have trouble spotting what’s different for the new model year — and thank goodness for that, because … why?

Of the Telluride’s updates, Bragman states: “They’re subtle to the point of near invisibility, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing; the Telluride’s styling is only 3 years old, and it still looks fresh despite its traditional profile. For 2023, there are new headlights (LEDs are now standard), a new grille, new lower door sills, taillights with clear lenses, some new wheel designs … and that’s it.”

A handful of other new additions aside, the rest of the review is largely a review of what we already loved. Follow the link below to our No. 2 article of the week to reconfirm what you likely already knew: that the 2023 Kia Telluride is awesome.

Beyond all that, we’ve got headlines on the Dodge Challenger and Charger, Honda Pilot, Ford Escape 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. 2023 Nissan Ariya Review: An EV Pioneer Follows Up With Solid Second Act

2. 2023 Kia Telluride Review: More of a Very Good Thing

3. 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Review: Ford’s Ram TRX Rebuttal

4. 2023 Toyota Crown Review: Slick New Flagship Sedan Leaves Us a Bit Crownfused

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

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

7. 2023 Dodge Challenger, Charger Orders Open, Prices Start From Low $30,000s

8. 2023 Honda Pilot Up Close: More, More, More

9. 2023 Ford Escape Up Close: More of What Escapists Want

10. Takata Airbag Recall Ensnares Stellantis, ‘Do Not Drive’ Warning Issued for 276,000 Vehicles

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