Call it the Lincolnaissance. By the early 2010s, Ford’s Lincoln division had lost cachet as a luxury brand and, anecdotally speaking, had virtually zero recognition for anything resembling a youth demographic beyond remembering that their grandpa used to drive one before they finally had to have “the talk” with him. Then came those spacey, babbling (and effective) Lincoln TV commercials starring Matthew McConaughey, amid his career-reviving McConaissance. Then came the moment Lincoln execs must’ve been convinced the brand was gonna be all right, all right, all right when it reinvented its SUV lineup with the 2018 redesign of the Navigator, the MKX do-over in the Nautilus, the due-this-fall Corsair and — perhaps its master stroke — the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
The all-new-for-2020 three-row people hauler debuted in “production preview” format the 2018 New York International Auto Show and — in addition to officially reintroducing Lincoln into the luxury-car conversation — the Aviator has generated sky-high interest among Cars.com readers ever since. This week was no exception, as the Aviator lands at No. 1 on our list of most popular articles courtesy of our comprehensive roundup of everything a would-be buyer might need to know before heading to the dealership to test-drive one.
Meanwhile, popular as it may be and despite possessing the formidable rock-crawling prowess it does, the all-new-for-2020 Wrangler-fied Jeep Gladiator pickup truck couldn’t ascend to the Aviator’s altitude. It’s just as well, though, as the Gladiator was in the news this week for a federal safety recall affecting some 3,400 pickups and stemming from a defect that could result in the driveshaft falling out onto the road while driving. Not exactly good news, but our No. 2-ranking story of the week is an important one, nonetheless.
Protecting its rep as a luxury-off-road-enthusiast dream machine, our full preview story on the 2020 Land Rover Defender — returning to U.S. shores for the first time since “Titanic” was in theaters (the first time) — climbed to No. 3. Not quite king of the world, but an honorable defense of its crown. Rounding out the top five were our annual ranking of which cars fit child safety seats best via the Car Seat Check Honor Roll at No. 4 (be sure to check out Cars.com Editor-in-Chief and certified car-seat installation technician Jenni Newman presenting the Honor Roll on “Good Morning America” earlier this week) and the September edition of our monthly roundup of the best deals shoppers can get on a new car in fifth place.
And if you’re shopping for a new vehicle or just trying to stay up on all the latest car news, the bottom half of the list is doing far more than just holding up the top half, we assure you. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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