10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Trailed by Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wrangler 4xe

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

We at Cars.com have made no secret of our fondness for the Volkswagen Atlas. Upon its market entrée three years ago, the all-around-agreeable SUV earned our highest honor as the Best of 2018 awardee, graced our fleet of long-term test cars for a year and has since returned to our year-end awards podium among categorical winners. Heck, Cars.com Managing Editor Joe Bruzek even issued tens of thousands of his own federal diplomas for a 2021 Atlas to accommodate his growing family. So it should come as little of a spoiler alert that Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays’ comprehensive critique of the 2021 Atlas — our most popular article of the past week — skews positive on the family front.

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In his review, Mays lauds smoothed-out exterior styling updates as building on the Atlas’ already formidable strengths.

“If your motivation is sheer practicality, family SUVs always lose out to minivans — a necessary sacrifice, some might argue, to avoid driving a four-wheeled toaster,” Mays writes. “The Atlas doesn’t quite eliminate the sacrifices, but it minimizes them as much as any mid-size SUV could.”

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

You can get Mays’ complete thoughts on the new Atlas by following the link below to our No. 1 story of the week. Trailing the Atlas in the third-place spot is a potential future candidate for family-hauler accolades, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, still in the “concept” stage — though if this all-new luxury three-row SUV is a concept, the popular Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand’s concept of a concept must be to show would-be buyers almost exactly what they’ll be getting. (It’s even got door handles already!)

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

Another all-new Jeep on the near horizon — the 2021 Wrangler 4xe — is looking to revolutionize the off-road arena with this plug-in-hybrid version of the rock-crawling enthusiast nonesuch. A Wrangler 4×4 (or, “4 by E,” for electric, in this case) that’s ninja quiet and has 25 miles of fuel-free range? What a time to be alive. Follow the link below to our No. 4 story of the week: our video introduction of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

Rounding out the top five are Cars.com’s ranked recommendations for the best cars for senior drivers — including the 2020 Kia Soul, Subaru Forester and Outback, and Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson, among others — at No. 2, and Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s full impressions of the sporty-looking 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition, at No. 5.

2021 Toyota Corolla SE Apex Edition

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Chevrolet Trailblazer; Nissan Altima, Leaf and Maxima; and Acura TLX, so keep filling up your automotive-news tank until the pump handle goes click. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review: New Face, Same Space

2. The Best Cars for Senior Drivers

3. Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept Video: Concept? More Like a Non-cept

4. 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Video: Plug and Play

5. 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Review: Why Put Track Shoes on an Accountant?

6. What Does No-Haggle Price Mean?

7. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Test-Drive Video: Welcome Addition, or One Too Many?

8. 2020 Nissan Altima, Leaf and Maxima: Recall Alert

9. Mercedes-Benz Diesel Recall: What Owners Need to Know

10. 2021 Acura TLX Test-Drive Video: For Those Who Can’t Quit Cars

2021 Acura TLX

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