10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Subaru Ascent Can’t Rise Above Recalled Hyundai Sonatas

subaru-ascent-2022-11-2exterior-green-rear-angle-suv 2022 Subaru Ascent | photo by Christian Lantry

If you’re looking for an SUV that can accommodate a large family and contend with winter weather without breaking the bank, the Subaru Ascent rises to the challenge with seating for seven or eight, standard all-wheel drive and a value-friendly $33,000 to $47,000 price range. Anyone else considering an Ascent better be up for a compromise. In one of our most popular articles of the past week, reviewer Kelsey Mays’ comprehensive critique of the Ascent’s 2022 iteration presents the pros and cons.

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The Ascent’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, has adequate passing power but is slow from a stop. Suspension tuning is refreshingly gentle but not well controlled, and handling is serviceable but not particularly interesting. Outward visibility is outstanding — which is good because maybe you’ll focus on what’s outside the car rather than its underwhelming (and undersized) interior.

“The Ascent is the best Subaru for families, but it’s hardly the best SUV in its class,” Mays concludes in his review. “For Subaru loyalists who’ve outgrown their Outbacks, it might be time to consider another brand.”

Follow the link below to the No. 4 finisher on this week’s countdown for Mays’ total take on the 2022 Subaru Ascent.

Generating more consumer curiosity in the past week, meanwhile, was the federal safety recall of nearly half a million Hyundai Sonata sedans due to a software defect causing turn signals to indicate to other cars the opposite direction intended by the driver. The bum blinkers have resulted in the recall of some 466,000 model-year 2015-17 Sonatas, as well as model-year 2016-17 Sonata Hybrids and Sonata Plug-In Hybrids. The issue follows a recall earlier in September of some 88,000 model-year 2015-17 Kia Sedona minivans, from Hyundai’s South Korean sister brand, for a similar malfunction.

For the full story on the Hyundai recall, including guidance on how to resolve the issue if your Sonata is impacted, follow the link below to our No. 2 news story of the week.

Meanwhile, in the week’s most popular article by a massive margin, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, 2021 Audi SQ8, 2021 Genesis GV80 and 2021 Nissan Sentra earned straight A’s on’s annual Car Seat Fit Report Card — for which our in-house team of certified car-seat installation technicians grades vehicles from A to F on how well they’re able to fit a range of standard car seat types, including infant, forward-facing and rear-facing convertibles, and booster seats; as well as the cars’ third-row access (if applicable) and the quality of its Latch anchor system.

For the full context on these four vehicles’ perfect scores, in addition to a quick reference guide of every single automobile evaluated in the past year, follow the link below to the No. 1 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Toyota Tundra, Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Corsair, Honda Civic Type R, Porsche 911 and Land Rover Discovery, so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1.’s 2021 Car Seat Fit Report Card

2. More Mixed Signals: 466,000 Hyundai Sonatas Recalled for Indicator Malfunction

3. Up Close With the 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited

4. 2022 Subaru Ascent Review: Value Pricing, Real-World Problems

5. Have Used Car Prices Finally Plateaued?

6. 228,000 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, Corsair SUVs Recalled for Failing Backup Cameras

7. 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Review: A Little Bit Lighter, a Little Bit Louder

8. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for September 2021?

9. 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Review: How to Successfully Maintain a Legacy

10. 2021 Land Rover Discovery Review: Big Adventure for Small Families’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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