New York City might seem like an unlikely location for a car show. The city has a high proportion of residents who don't own cars, and is renowned as having one of the best subway and public transit systems in the U.S. But it also happens to be one of the biggest luxury vehicle markets in the world. That makes it an appropriate locale for the debut of the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Land Rover says the New York metro area is the biggest market worldwide for the model. Land Rover also showed the nine-speed 2014 Evoque, which will be headed to showrooms later this year.
One of the originators of the premium crossover genre, the Acura MDX gets a complete bumper-to-bumper redesign, with direct-injected Earth Dreams V-6 power, full LED headlights, and more passenger room. The Dodge Durango, one of our favorite large SUVs, gets an eight-speed transmission and a refreshed interior to keep things fresh.
And let's not forget the stereotype-shattering 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Its styling alone has already had a big impact on the market, but if you're skeptical if it's a real Jeep, be sure to read our first look to check out all of the legit off-road hardware in Jeep's latest crossover.
Stay tuned this week as we bring you the latest truck and SUV debuts! Check out our full coverage of the 2013 New York International Auto Show below!
2014 Acura MDX
Honda and Acura aren't big on stylistic showmanship. Often their all-new models look only subtly different from their predecessors, but, from an engineering content standpoint, are truly all new from bumper to bumper. Such is the case with the recently unveiled Acura RLX, which is immediately recognizable as the successor to the largely overlooked RL. And at first glance, the 2014 MDX could be mistaken for a refresh of the current model. But make no mistake, the new MDX is truly all new, and the improvements are substantial and extensive.
| 2014 Acura MDX Front View
At first glance, the new MDX looks like a larger version of the recently redesigned RDX, adding additional upscale touches such as Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights first seen on the RLX, with an overall style notably smoother and shapelier than its somewhat chunky predecessor, but still immediately recognizable as an MDX...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Acura MDX Front
2013 Ford Shelby F-150 SVT Raptor
Here is the latest pickup truck endeavor from Shelby -- the Shelby Raptor. This is the first time Shelby has designed a full package for the Raptor. It's also the first time the company has offered a package for an off-road-biased truck. John Luft, president of Shelby American, explains, "As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks. He connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity." .... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2013 Ford Shelby F 150 SVT Raptor Left Front 1
2014 Dodge Durango
It wasn't all that long ago that Dodge made the Durango a unibody SUV -- only three years ago, in fact. In 2010 the all-new 2011 Durango went on sale with a better look, new engines, and fewer compromises than people expected. The SUV still carried three rows of people, could tow up to 7400 pounds with the V-8 (and still came with a V-8), and had an improved chassis and suspension, which helped with ride and handling. The benefit was making the vehicle more fun to drive without losing the Durango's famous capability.
So now, a brief three years later, the Durango is getting spruced up, receiving updates similar to those in the 2014 Grand Cherokee. When it comes to performance, the most notable change is the use of the new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission behind the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8. This is a version of the same transmission found in the current Ram and the 2014 Grand Cherokee. In the Durango, it will be controlled through a dial on the dash -- just like in the Ram. This is the first SUV in its class to get an eight-speed, and that change alone is said to improve fuel economy in the Durango by 9 percent. There is also an Eco Mode for 2014.
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| 2014 Dodge Durango Front Left View
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
The QX60 is the first of Infiniti's SUV models to undergo the corporate-wide name change, effective with the start of the 2014 model year. Name change aside, the QX60 is for all intents and purposes the same as the JX35. The standard model powered by the Nissan's tried and true VQ35DE 3.5-liter V-6 engine remains in the lineup...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Infiniti QX60 Front View
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Though it can upset loyal brand customers, discontinuing of a model for a year or two before introducing its replacement can be healthy. The forced break with continuity and tradition forces both product planners as well as consumers to examine their preconceived notions of that brand or model, and take a fresh look at a model they might not have previously considered. Jeep hopes that will be the case with the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which is a complete clean-sheet re-think of Jeep's small/midsize product strategy. Based on what we've seen so far, it's a galactic improvement over the outgoing Liberty... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Jeep Cherokee Side
Wonder Woman Edition Kia Sportage
The red and blue exterior paint theme reflects Wonder Woman's outfit. Her eagle chest plate is represented by a custom grille with twin Ws for her initials, and her trademark weapon, the Lasso of Truth, represented by a gold stripe along the lower front bumper and the side of the vehicle. Her characteristic tiara is represented in a header graphic with a central star across the top of the windshield. Blue headlight lenses represent Wonder Woman's "piercing blue eyes," and the star theme is repeated with five-spoke wheels. Inside, the upholstery is inspired by her signature outfit, and the cargo area features a see-through compartment housing Wonder Woman's tiara, bracelets, and lasso of truth... (Click Here To Read More!)
| Wonder Woman Kia Sportage Side
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
Typically, in automotive advertising, the highway fuel economy figure is the one that gets all the attention, whether in the starburst call-outs in the weekend dealer ads, or the "class-leading" claims on TV spots. Comparing the performance of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid using this yardstick compared with its conventionally powered counterpart, a modest 1-mpg improvement may seem anti-climactic. But the bigger story, and one that will likely be much more appreciated by consumers in the day-to-day slog, is the hybrid model's impressive combined mpg total of 26. This compares with the front-drive V-6 model's still-impressive 22-mpg combined total.... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Front Three Quarters
Gibson NV200 Mobile Repair and Restoration Van
The NV was built to serve as a mobile guitar repair shop, with the equipment on board that would help everyone from casual players to professional musicians. This van serves essentially as an extension of Gibson's Repair and Restoration shop, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The facility fixes and customizes guitars from all levels of guitarist, and the Gibson NV200 Compact Cargo was made to be a quick response support vehicle. This means musicians, both professional and part-time, can get repairs made quickly. Gibson can also serve as an educational tool to the public, teaching about the art of guitar building and repair...(Click Here To Read More!)
| Gibson Nissan NV200 Rear
Nissan NV200 Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi
If you've been following the story of the New York Taxi Commission's selection of the Nissan NV200 as its chosen "Taxi of Tomorrow," you might also remember that New York City comptroller John Liu raised objections to the city not having a 100-percent wheelchair-accessible taxi fleet. While various departments and commissions within the city are hashing out the legalities and requirements, Nissan has unveiled its answer to the issue in the form of its wheelchair-accessible package for the NV200...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi 01
2014 Range Rover Sport
When the 2013 Range Rover got the radical reset that it did, we knew it was just a matter of time until the Range Rover Sport received a similar treatment. Today, we see the outcome of the ground-up redesign of the flagship's sportier sibling. As with the Range Rover, the Sport gets an all-new, all-aluminum chassis, which results in a weight savings of as much as 800 lb over its predecessor. Even with this impressive lightening, the Sport is no featherweight, with the V-6 model weighing in at 4727 lb and the V-8 at 5093 lb. But at least the midsize Sport is no longer as heavy as the extra-large Chevrolet Suburban, a dubious distinction held by its predecessor...(Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
When we first got news of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, we were a little surprised at the model choice for getting a hybrid option. The more popular Outback wagon or Forester SUV might have seemed a more obvious choice at first glance, but the Impreza-based Crosstrek works as well as any. Other than the addition of the usual hybrid-related hardware of a powertrain battery and supplemental electric motor, the drivetrain is pure Subaru. The standard XV Crosstrek's 148-hp, 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine remains, with a 13.4-hp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and Subaru's Lineartronic CVT...(Click Here To Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Front Three Quarters
2014 Toyota Highlander
The midsize crossover market is a hotly contested market segment, and one that is getting more interesting, with truly all-new entries from Nissan, Hyundai, and others, and more to come. Toyota has always had a credible player in the niche with the Highlander, and the changes on the 2014 model will likely continue to keep it a popular option in the segment.
The 2014 Highlander's styling is noticeably different from its predecessor, which received an update in 2011. The A-pillars have been repositioned for improved visibility, and employ high-strength steel for added rigidity. The rear-quarter glass area has also been increased for improved visibility... (Click Here To Read Our Full First Look!)
| 2014 Toyota Highlander Front Three Quarter 5