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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Tesla Model Y Conquers Competition — the BMW M3 Competition

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Like a doting parent, Tesla’s legion of sometimes cultlike fans may think everything that comes out of the electric carmaker’s Fremont, Calif., factory is perfect. But Cars.com’s team of expert reviewers isn’t quite so easy to please, so when we finally got our hands on Tesla’s latest release, the 2021 Model Y compact SUV based on the Model 3 sedan, we found things to celebrate and things we’d recalibrate — and you can find ’em all in our rapid-fire roundup of the Y’s pros and cons, one of Cars.com’s most popular articles of the past week.

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We certainly appreciated the Model Y for its sporty ride and handling, not to mention a 4.8-second 0-60 mph sprint. We also praised its 326-mile driving range, with onboard monitoring to ensure you can make to the next fast-charging station; its impressive 3,500-pound towing capacity; generously sized and cleverly designed cargo storage; and pricing (our test car came in at just over $54,000) that’s surprisingly competitive with comparable compact luxury SUVs. On the other hand, the Model Y’s poor visibility, lack of a driver-friendly instrument panel, less-than-luxe interior and shortcomings on the convenience-tech front all made us wonder … Y?

For full details on the things we like (and don’t) about the 2021 Tesla Model Y, follow the link below to the No. 4 article on this week’s countdown. (And if you want a more comprehensive critique, check out our full Model Y review by Cars.com’s Joe Bruzek.)

Also new to the countdown this week is Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive critique of the 2021 BMW M3, the high-performance version of the vaunted 3 Series luxury sedan. While the new M3 delivers supercar-worthy capabilities and accompanying thrills, its polarizing front styling lays bare how performance bits were shoehorned into the 3 Series’ classy luxury sedan design — and when you’re dropping nearly six figures on a car, you’d better like how it looks, not just how it drives.

“A hundred grand isn’t chump change for any kind of automotive purchase, but the sheer capability of the new M3 — and its ability to generate an amazingly entertaining driving experience on the road or the track — means it’s a screaming value compared with supercars that do the same things, usually with less interior space and functionality,” Bragman writes in his review.

For Bragman’s full review of the 2021 BMW M3, follow the link below to the No. 6 article on this week’s countdown.

Rounding out the week’s top five are our comprehensive roundup of vehicles with Autopilot (all Teslas equipped with the proprietary driver-assist capability), plus those with adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering, at No. 1; and our collected recommendations for the best used cars at three different price tiers — $20,000, $10,000 and $15,000 — at Nos. 2, 3 and 5, respectively.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Ford Maverick, Ford Ranger, Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4, so be sure to peep the entire list before you bounce. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. Which Cars Have Autopilot?

2. What Are the Best Used Cars for $20,000?

3. What Are the Best Used Cars for $10,000?

4. Is the 2021 Tesla Model Y a Good SUV? 5 Pros and 4 Cons

5. What Are the Best Used Cars for $15,000?

6. 2021 BMW M3 Competition Review: 85% Brilliant

7. 2022 Ford Maverick Vs. 2021 Ford Ranger: How Do Their Interiors Compare?

8. Ford Bronco Vs. Jeep Wrangler: A Wrangler Owner Drives the 2021 Ford Bronco

9. Life with the Toyota RAV4: What Do Owners Really Think?

10. Which 3-Row SUVs Offer Captain’s Chairs?

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