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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Toyota Corolla Hybrid Puts Damper on Hyundai, Genesis Sedans

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When it comes time to buy a new microwave, you just kinda … buy a new microwave. Sure, you want it to complement your kitchen design and you’d like whatever the latest innovations in electromagnetic radiation cooking are, but you’re prolly not gonna post a photo of your new microwave installed over the stove on Instagram with the hashtag #blessed; you just wanna nuke last night’s leftover chili dog. Similarly, when you’re reading reviews of the 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, you’re just looking for validation that the latest version of Toyota’s compact sedan is still sensible like a good pair of Rockport shoes.

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Consider your concerns addressed in one of Cars.com’s most popular articles of the past week, our expert review of the latest hybrid Corolla. In terms of driving experience, the Corolla is comfortable and controlled, if boring; adequately powered; impressively fuel-efficient; reasonably roomy; user-friendly with its infotainment system; and priced commensurate with its offerings starting around $24,500. Some drawbacks include a rather rough ride over bumps, unsatisfying brake response, limited backseat headroom and too much chintzy plastic in the cabin. Overall, it’s a get-what-you-pay-for proposition that delivers on its pragmatic promise.

“What the Corolla Hybrid gives you for your money is practical and efficient transportation with a comfortable (if basic) interior and modern convenience features,” Cars.com reviewer Brian Normile says in his comprehensive critique. “I found its no-frills experience enjoyable even if the actual act of driving never crossed into truly ‘fun’ territory for me.”

For Normile’s full take on the 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, follow the link below to the No. 2 article on this week’s countdown of most read stories.

In other high-interest news is a federal safety recall that, while serious, is also fraught with irony. Some 91,000 sedans are under recall from South Korean automaker Hyundai, including some model-year 2015-16 Hyundai Genesis sedans, as well as many more Genesis sedans — not Hyundai Genesis sedans, but instead, Hyundai’s Genesis sedans from the automaker’s separate luxury brand. Oh, and also: The recall is due to a potential water leak that can cause a fire. Water could enter the starter mechanism, resulting in an electrical short that may spark an engine compartment fire while the car is parked or in motion, so owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until recall repairs are complete.

For our full report on this Hyundai and Genesis recall — including the automaker’s prescribed remedy, when owners can expect to receive their official notification, and how to contact Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the meantime — follow the link below to the No. 4 news story of the week.

Beyond all of that, we’ve got headlines on the Toyota Corolla Cross and Grand Highlander, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Wrangler 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. Here Are the 11 Cheapest Electric Vehicles You Can Buy

2. 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: An Ideal Appliance

3. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

4. Hyundai, Genesis Recall 91,000 Sedans for Water Damage

5. 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Priced From $25,210; Hybrid Starts at $29,570

6. Is the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander a Good SUV? 5 Pros, 3 Cons

7. 2024 Could Be a Buyer’s Market — if You’re Buying New: Report

8. Best Car of 2024

9. Best SUV of 2024

10. 280,000 Toyota, Lexus Vehicles Recalled for Transmission Issue

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