In the wake of economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, most major automakers announced some sort of incentive or relief measure for potential buyers and existing owners — from 0% financing on purchases to extra-lengthy loan terms, and from payment deferrals to automatic warranty and lease extensions. Now, it’s Tesla’s turn, enticing would-be buyers with sizable discounts across its entire lineup, including its flagship sedan, the Model S, the Model X SUV and the Model 3 compact sedan.
Also enticed were Cars.com readers, whose ostensible curiosity pushed our article on the Tesla price reductions to the No. 1 spot among our most popular stories of the week. No doubt at least some of those readers were disappointed to learn that, even after the $5,000 discount, the cheapest Model S and Model X would still cost them in the neighborhood of 80 grand — though the Model 3’s $2,000 price cut means it dips back down below $40,000 to start.
Tesla on top meant our rapid-fire rundown of the things we like (and don’t) about the extensively refreshed-for-2020 Audi Q7 luxury SUV had to settle for second. The Q7 scored brownie points with us for its new multimedia system, updated exterior styling, confident handling and smooth ride — but we weren’t so sweet on its laggy powertrain, uncomfortable second and third rows, infotainment quirks, gas mileage, stingy safety tech and value proposition versus cheaper competitors.
Parking itself in third place this week is our full preview of the forthcoming 2021 Acura TLX luxury sedan, redesigned for the new model year and looking pretty sexy, we don’t mind tellin’ ya. Even sexier is the promise of the new TLX bringing its Type S variant back from oblivion. Follow the link below to our No. 3 story of the week and you’ll know everything we know about the 2021 TLX.
We round out the top five with a pair of Nissan stories. One is on the Japanese automaker’s planned overhaul — including take-no-prisoners lineup changes — following a reported $6.2 billion annual loss. The other is our little farewell to the Nissan Frontier as the official Cheapest Pickup You Can Buy, with its newly raised-for-2020 price ahead of a full redesign forcing it to cede the spot to the Chevrolet Colorado.
Coverage of the Mini Cooper SE Hardtop, Mitsubishi Outlander and BMW 5 Series follows, so keep reading for all of our biggest headlines. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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