Of all the many categories on which Cars.com reviewers evaluate test cars, one of the most important could also be considered one of the most subjective — and that is the fun-to-drive factor. As an intangible indicator of car quality, one driver’s trash is another driver’s treasure. But as Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays recently discovered in his head-to-head comparison of the reputedly practical, dependable (read: boring) Toyota Corolla and more exciting Mazda3, when it comes to being fun to drive, you shouldn’t judge a car by the rep it’s riding on.
In his account of his direct driving comparison of the 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE and the 2019 Mazda3 sedans — which drives straight to the No. 1 spot this week among our most popular articles — Mays challenges the Corolla’s stereotype of being the vanilla to the Mazda3’s caramel fudge ripple. As such, the Corolla lickedthe Mazda3 thanks to its range-topping 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, impressively non-CVT-like continuously variable automatic transmission, multilink rear suspension and comparable favorable $28,794 price tag, including a destination charge.
This week’s most-read-story roster proved to be a bit of a Vs.-versus-Vs. scenario, as another contender for the top spot also was a head-to-head sedan comparison, this one between the 2019 Genesis G70 3.3T (Cars.com’s current long-term test car and Best of 2019 award winner, as it were) and the 2019 BMW 330i with the M Sport Package. Ultimately, Mays’ story on this luxury-sports-sedan head-to-head had to settle for third place on this week’s top 10 (defeated twice by the 2020 Corolla, as our laundry list of things we like and don’t like about the Toyota sedan took No. 2), and Cars.com’s G70 had to settle for second place to the Bimmer in the comparison itself — which you can read via the link below for the full breakdown on why.
Rounding out this week’s top five were Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger’s favorable critique — “comfortable, predictable and practical” — of the redesigned-for-2020 Subaru Legacy, at No. 4, and our coverage of Ford’s announcement that iconic off-road SUV the Bronco’s long-gestating resurrection would officially occur with its unveiling in the spring, at No. 5.
The second half of our program includes news on the Honda CR-V, all-new Lincoln Corsair and the Dodge Charger — so don’t touch that dial. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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