10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Ford Bronco Sport Laps Luxury, Electric, Elantra

Talk about horsepower! Back in the saddle after a lengthy production hiatus, the Ford Bronco burst out of the gate for the 2021 model year and continues to handily buck off all who try to break it. Among Cars.com’s most popular news articles in January, our rapid-fire roundup of the things we like and don’t like about the all-new Bronco’s smaller, street-friendlier Sport variant stampeded straight to the No. 1 spot.

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But wait: What’s not to like? Well, for one thing, the Bronco Sport’s right angles create the wrong dimensions for taller rear passengers, as its squared-off shape favors headroom over legroom. Secondly, in this technocentric era where a prospective buyer’s decision could come down to the multimedia unit, why saddle a much-hyped Jeep fighter with Ford’s outgoing Sync 3 infotainment system instead of the new-and-improved Sync 4? 

But enough with the negative. We have a heckuva lot more compliments than complaints about the Bronco Sport, so follow the link below to the first-place finisher of the month to read all about ’em.

In a rather distant yet still respectable second is our rundown of recommendations for luxury cars you can pick up at a price you may be comfortable with. These five affordably affluent models — the 2021 Audi Q3, BMW X1, Genesis G70, Lexus ES and Volvo XC40 — all start between around $34,000 and $41,000, holding the line on price while keeping a reasonably high bar on luxury. Follow the link below to the No. 2 story on our monthly countdown to hear our argument for each.

Charging into third place is our 2021 roundup of what’s new in the world of electric vehicles, in which we update you on everything from all-new EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Nissan Ariya to more out-there models like the forthcoming Hummer EV pickup and Tesla Cybertruck. And, at No. 4, is Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays’ comprehensive critique of the redesigned-for-2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, which he lauds for drivability while lamenting its chintzy cabin.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Tesla Model S and Model X, Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Camry Hybrid and a whole lot more — so don’t stop till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in January:

1. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport: 6 Things We Like, 3 We Don’t

2. Here Are 5 Great Affordable Luxury Cars You Can Buy Right Now

3. What’s New With Electric Vehicles for 2021?

4. 2021 Hyundai Elantra Review: Almost Great

5. 2021 Tesla Model S, Model X Get Interior Refresh but No Shifter

6. 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Review: Grown for Grown-Ups

7. Feds Update Safety Standard in Wake of Cars.com Investigation

8. New Year, New Me: These Manufacturers Have New Logos for 2021

9. Ford to Recall 2.7 Million Vehicles for Takata Airbag Inflators: What Owners Need to Know

10. 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 5 Things We Like, 3 Things We Don’t

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