Sooo … how ’bout them debates? Too soon? (Backs abroad slowly.) Well, besides the ample accord that Tuesday evening’s Biden-Trump showdown was disconcerting, to say the least, addition affair Americans assume to accede on is that we adulation SUVs and we’re not that absorbed in sedans anymore. And for that reason, the car-loving contrarian in us gets a abandoned actuation of contentment every time an automaker stands in affront of the bazaar zeitgeist and introduces a new or redesigned sedan, and a adventurous one at that — say, for example, the 2021 Acura TLX.
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The Honda affluence assay knows that, admitting appearances, not anybody is amorous of SUVs, and estimates that about a third of car shoppers are arcade for a “car.” Acura appears all too acquisitive to baby to this added underserved articulation — and anticipation by Cars.com analyst Aaron Bragman’s absolute appraisal of the overhauled affluence sports sedan, which ranks aerial amid our best accepted account this week, the cast is astutely celebratory the know-your-audience principle.
“It’s for them that the aggregation has redesigned and repositioned its latest TLX affluence sports auto — bodies who are accurately gluttonous a sports auto for themselves and maybe one added being in their lives, not a ancestors hauler that sometimes needs to be an absorbing ride,” Bragman writes. “The new TLX is aboriginal and foremost a driver-oriented sports sedan, with Acura’s newfound focus a adorable action for bodies who still like sitting low in a vehicle.”
Would you say this describes you Acura-tely … er, accurately? Then be abiding to chase the articulation beneath to our No. 2 commodity of the week.
Cranking it all the way up to 11 and authoritative itself heard at the top atom this anniversary is a abysmal dive by our analyst Joe Wiesenfelder into the sonic specifics of the exceptional Harman Kardon stereo arrangement in Cars.com’s 2020 Hyundai Palisade, our Best of 2020 accolade champ and the primary focus of our accepted long-term-test-car fleet. Wiesenfelder has some quibbles with the Palisade’s 12-speaker, 630-watt stereo — booty agenda of his addendum on bass sound, low-end lovers — but on the accomplished he finds that our Palisade sounds a helluva lot bigger than it smells.
“While I ambition the Harman arrangement in the Palisade had added bass and added impactful dynamics, that’s a accepted burden about exceptional audio systems, decidedly in a nonluxury cast and a ample SUV,” Wiesenfelder writes. “You can’t adjudicator an audio arrangement by its cast abandoned — abnormally in an automobile, because the end aftereffect depends on how abundant admission and how aboriginal on audio engineers get to the agent during its development, as able-bodied as how abundant the automaker spends. … But I charge say I’ve been added afflicted with Harman Kardon’s in-car efforts over the accomplished few years than I anytime was in the decades prior.”
Rounding out the top bristles this anniversary are our abounding previews of the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento SUV, and 2021 BMW M3 and M4 affluence achievement coupes, at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, forth with our explainer of what a dual-clutch manual is, at No. 5.
Beyond that, we’ve got account on the Chevrolet Corvette, Jeep Compass, Volkswagen ID.4 and Honda Ridgeline — as able-bodied as our appropriate assay of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ positions on the automotive industry — so don’t abdicate ’till you hit bifold digits. Here are the top 10 account belief Cars.com readers couldn’t get abundant of in the accomplished week:
1. Is the Hyundai Palisade’s Harman Kardon Audio Arrangement Good?
2. 2021 Acura TLX Review: Subtle Changes, Big Improvements
3. 2021 Kia Sorento Refuses to Be Taken for a Telluride
4. 2021 BMW M3 and M4: M Stands for Manual
5. What Is a Dual-Clutch Transmission?
6. What Does the Z-Mode Button Do in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette?
7. Is the 2020 Jeep Compass a Good Car? 5 Pros and 4 Cons
8. 2021 Volkswagen ID.4: GTI Power in a Tiguan Package With Beetle Spirit
9. Biden Vs. Trump: How Biden Would Change the Automotive Market
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