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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Subaru Outback Overtakes Jeep Wagoneer, Chevy Silverado 1500

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The most recent redesign on the rugged, perennially popular Subaru Outback wagon was in 2020, so changes for the 2022 model year are largely incremental; among them are standard LED foglights for all trim levels and rear-seat climate vents for the Premium trim. There’s also a new Wilderness trim level with upgraded off-road capability and looks to match. With pricing for the 2022 model year up just $75 to $225, depending on trim, the Outback now ranges from around $28,000 to $41,000 including the destination charge. At that, shoppers might wonder whether to pony up for the latest model or opt for the outgoing year.

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In one of Cars.com’s most popular news articles of the past week, we answer that very question. Our advice? Unless you have your asphalt-averse heart set on the Wilderness model, you’re probably better off tracking down a deal on the 2021 model and saving whatever you can on this barely different Outback. If you do want the Wilderness, however, plan to spend more than $38,000.

Follow the link below to the No. 2 finisher on Cars.com’s weekly countdown of the most popular news articles to learn more about why the 2021 model is your better bet, as well as what you’ll get for your green if you venture into the Wilderness.

Riding the Subaru’s trailer hitch on this week’s countdown are the new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Our rapid-fire roundup of the things we like and don’t like about the luxurious full-size family SUVs takes the third-place spot. In the Wagoneer’s plus column are its cabin quality, spaciousness, visibility, Uconnect 5 touchscreen, abundance of other tech features, and satisfying ride and handling. Cars.com reviewers dinged the Wagoneer, however, for some interior-design misses, an awkward execution of the fuel-saving cylinder deactivation feature, and a doozy of a price tag. That last one ranges from around $60,000 to a Cadillac Escalade-escalating $113,000, making it the most expensive Jeep of all time.

For the full details on all our compliments and complaints, follow the link below to the No. 3 news story of the week.

And making its countdown debut in fifth place is a long-overdue interior update for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman got up close with the Silverado’s latest incarnation to find it’s making up some much-needed miles lost to the likes of well-received Ram 1500 and 2021 Ford F-150 overhauls. Updates range from interior design to materials quality to mechanical updates, not to mention the enthusiastically anticipated arrival of the amped-up ZR2 variant.

“All in all, the changes to the ’22 Silverado are meaningful, significant and boost the truck’s competitiveness in the category,” Bragman writes. “They’re an excellent response to the redesigned ’21 F-150 in particular, and should keep the Silverado in the hunt for the next few years.”

Follow the link below to this week’s No. 5 news story for the full download on Bragman’s early impressions of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Toyota Corolla Cross, Toyota Tundra, Volkswagen Tiguan, Lexus ES and IS, Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X, 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. Is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson a Good SUV? Here Are 4 Things We Like and 4 We Don’t

2. Subaru Outback: Which Should You Buy, 2021 or 2022?

3. 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer: 6 Things We Like and 3 We Don’t

4. Which Cars Fit 3 Car Seats?

5. Up Close With the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado: Finally as Nice as It Should’ve Been

6. 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Review: Safe, Simple and Slow

7. 158,000 Toyota Tundras Recalled for Headlight Fire Risk

8. 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: How to Lose Friends Through Touch Controls

9. 2022 Lexus ES, IS: More or Less (or Much, Much More)

10. 2023 Subaru Solterra, Toyota bZ4X: 4 Things We Hope to See From the Toyobaru EVs

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