Like the year 2020 itself, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade that Cars.com owned for a year as a long-term test car started out promising, spent much of the year sitting idle and, by all accounts, stunk. We’ve already covered the Best of 2020 award-winning Palisade’s odorous upholstery problem ad nauseum — literally — and its smell isn’t the only memory as our year with it comes to a close.
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In one of the most popular Cars.com news articles of December, we recap our year with this gorgeous near-luxury SUV. That 12-month stretch included just 11,000 miles of driving (for obvious reasons), 534 gallons of gas used, roughly 20.5 mpg in overall observed mileage and a total ownership cost of $2,363 before insurance and tolls — apart from what we originally paid for it, of course.
For the full account of our tumultuous, truncated time with the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, follow the link below to the No. 3 news story from December.
Elsewhere on the countdown, the redesigned Nissan Rogue makes a solid comeback to the small SUV scene for 2021, having fallen behind newer rivals in its previous generation. In our No. 6 story of the month, we round up the things we appreciate and, well, don’t about the latest incarnation of Nissan’s popular crossover. Sharp handling, upgraded interior, powertrain refinement and tech considerations earned praise, while a harsh ride and the elimination of the outgoing model’s sliding second row didn’t.
Rounding out the month’s top five stories were our roundup of the best year-end deals on a new car (all of which are now expired), at No. 1; another best-deals rundown, focusing on models discontinued for the 2021 model year (also expired, along with the nameplates themselves), at No. 2; a comprehensive catalog of all cars available with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, at No. 4; and a full accounting of all electric vehicles still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, at No. 5.
Beyond that, we have headlines on the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid and much more, so keep reading. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:
1. What’s the Best End-of-Year Car Deal?
2. Discontinued Cars of 2020 You Can Get a Deal On
3. What Was It Like to Own a 2020 Hyundai Palisade for a Year?
4. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Where Are They Now?
5. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?
6. Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue a Good Car? 4 Pros and 2 Cons
7. Xenon Vs. LED Headlights: What’s the Difference?
8. Winter Is Coming: 7 Great Cars for Snow Driving
9. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review: Who Ordered the Budget Land Rover?
10. Here’s the MPG We Got in a 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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