A trio of consumer-interest juggernauts collided in a three-way throw-down this week, as the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Subaru Outback vied for the top spot among Cars.com’s most popular articles. The top contenders included our trim-by-trim comparison of the Palisade versus the Telluride in one corner, and in the other our expert review of the Outback. Ultimately, our readership fan faves of late — the pair of all-new-for-2020 SUVs from parent company Hyundai-Kia — double-teamed their way to the No. 1 spot.
Comparing and contrasting the Palisade and Telluride came down to the finer details, as both 2020 family haulers are stylish, well equipped and start around $33,000 including a destination charge. Keeping in mind the features likely to sway buyers in one direction or another, Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong pitted comparable trim levels against one another and judged them on their relative merits. The result? The Telluride edged out the Palisade in two of the four comparisons, while the two SUVs tied at one level and the Palisade emerged victorious at the expensive end of the spectrum. If you’re trying to break your own shopping-related tie between these kissin’ cousin cars, be sure to follow the link below to get Wong’s full breakdown.
Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive critique of the 2020 Subaru Outback debuted in the No. 2 spot. Bragman calls the all-new Outback “the best one Subaru has ever made.”
“It has some impressive SUV competitors, but when you factor in the Subaru’s value-leading pricing, it’s hard to find one that drives as well as the Outback, includes as much equipment and costs so little to own and operate,” Bragman writes. “Two decades ago, when Subaru took its Legacy wagon and jacked it up, slapped on plastic cladding and gave it an outdoorsy name, nobody imagined the Subaru Outback would become the automaker’s most beloved, best-selling model.”
Rounding out the top five this week are: an encore appearance at No. 3 by the 2020 Hyundai Palisade for its success in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashworthiness evaluations that earned it a coveted Top Safety Pick Plus award; our weekly roundup of all the pickup truck news at No. 4, this time out topped by a full pricing rundown for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma; and in fifth place, the August edition of our monthly ranking of the biggest safety recalls, with one for 679,000 2011-19 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Beetle and Jetta cars affected by a defect that could result in a rollaway.
Don’t stop there if you want the full scoop on the latest car headlines, from top SUV towing capacities to our 2020 Toyota Corolla review and beyond. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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