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.”
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!)
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.
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
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