Safety edged out efficiency as a massive recall of hundreds of thousands of Subaru vehicles narrowly outpaced Cars.com’s announcement of the recipient of its 2021 Best Eco-Friendly Car of the Year award, the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Our report on the Subaru recalls involving some 871,000 Subaru SUVs and cars combined, piqued readers’ interest in recent weeks, taking the first-place spot among Cars.com’s most popular news articles of April.
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One of the recalls concerns the engine control module for model-year 2017-19 Impreza sedans and hatchbacks, and model-year 2018-19 Crosstrek SUVs. Ignition coils could, over time, degrade and cause starting or stalling issues, increasing the risk of a crash. The other recall concerns bolts on the rear stabilizer bracket of model-year 2019 Forester and Crosstrek SUVs. The bolts could come loose over time, and a loose bracket could then interact with other components, causing damage and increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru will notify owners by June 14, but in the meantime, you can find out if yours is affected, what the automaker’s free fix will be and how to get more info by following the link below to the No. 1 news story of the past month.
Running out of juice just behind the Subuaru safety story, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV will have to settle for second place, despite its first-place win in Cars.com’s Best Eco-Friendly Car of the Year category. The Mustang Mach-E’s 300-mile maximum driving range, fashionable small-SUV body style and sporty exterior sculpting, not to mention its 3.5-second 0-60-mph sprint in top-performing gas-free form, tipped the scales in its favor. You can get judges’ full thoughts by following the link below to the No. 2 story on April’s countdown.
But if your conservation efforts are focused more on your wallet than on fuel, per se, you’ll definitely want to bop down to No. 3 to learn about the 10 cheapest SUVs you can buy right now. All of the entries on Cars.com’s curated list are, unsurprisingly, subcompact models, but they retain their fundamental SUV bona fides by at least offering all-wheel drive — a prerequisite for making the cut. Ranging in price from between $20,000 and $25,000, the cheapest SUVs are the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer L, Ford EcoSport S, Hyundai Kona SE, Mazda CX-3 Sport, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Honda HR-V LX, Chevrolet Trax LS, Kia Seltos LX, Mazda CX-30 S and Jeep Renegade Sport.
Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the 2021 Mazda CX-5, 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, 2021 Nissan Leaf and 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, so be sure to check out the entire countdown for all the top automotive news. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:
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