2014 Acura MDX

Base Price: $43,185-$45,185

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

ALL-NEW: For 2014, Acura has redesigned and reengineered the third-gen MDX with updated styling, a stiffer and lighter body (curb weight is down about 300 pounds), a plusher seven-seat cabin with the latest high-tech wizardry (adaptive cruise with “low-speed follow” allows for nearly pedal-free motoring in traffic), and a potent 3.5L V-6 good for 290 hp. Built in Alabama, the MDX can now be had in FWD and AWD configurations.

Cool Fact: The available remote engine start has a 300-foot range.

Sum Up: Acura’s premium seven-seater ups the ante.


2014 Acura MDX
Base Engine 3.5L/290-hp/267-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-20/27-28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4-6.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1350 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: S; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Acura RDX

Base Price: $35,415-$36,815

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: Having undergone a full redesign for the 2013 model year, the RDX enters 2014 with a couple minor changes: a price hike of $200 and a new Kona Coffee exterior hue that replaces Amber Brownstone. Otherwise, it’s status quo for Acura’s entry-level SUV, which equates to a powerful, refined five-seat package that includes a 3.5L V-6, available AWD, and such amenities as a backup camera, keyless access, and Bluetooth.

Look For: A hybrid to join the lineup before this gen is retired.

Sum Up: Pure vanilla, but still tasty.


2014 Acura RDX
Base Engine 3.5L/273-hp/251-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-20/27-28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.2-6.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500/1100 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
*estimated


2014 Audi Allroad

Base Price: $41,595

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The A4-based Allroad carries over into 2014 with a 9-hp increase and changes to its option packages. Two new colors, Cuvée Silver and Dakota Gray, complement the now-standard Convenience package, which adds iPod integration, Bluetooth, and a garage door opener, while the Premium Plus package now includes hands-free keyless entry, and it can be optioned with blind-spot monitoring.

Look For: Envy from A4 Avant owners.

Sum Up: The sweet spot between car and SUV -- just don’t call it a wagon.


2014 Audi Allroad
Base Engine 2.0L/220-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20/27 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4 sec
Tow/Payload 1100/1000 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
*estimated


2015 Audi Q3

Base Price: $31,000-$34,000*

Body Type: Luxury Compact

ALL-NEW: Positioned below the Q5, the Q3 is similar in size to the VW Tiguan, though the use of aluminum should make the Audi lighter. When the Q3 gets to our shores this year, expect a turbo 2.0L I-4 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and perhaps eventually a diesel sporting 280 lb-ft and impressive fuel economy. FWD is standard while Quattro AWD will be optional.

Look For: High-performance RS Q3 if the Q3 catches on in the U.S.

Sum Up: Audi’s answer to the BMW X1.


2015 Audi Q3
Base Engine 2.0L/200-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/170-hp/280-lb-ft t-diesel I-4*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A, 6-sp twin-cl auto*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-27/29-38 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.5-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
*estimated


2014 Audi Q5

Base Price: $38,195-$52,795

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

MINOR: For 2014, the performance-orientated SQ5 joins the lineup. The first S variant of Audi’s Q SUVs offers 354 hp and a claimed 0-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds. It features more aggressive bumpers, quad exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and leather/Alcantara seats. A new TDI diesel returns 428 lb-ft and 24/31 mpg city/highway. Not to be left out, the 2.0L now makes 220 hp and offers the Convenience package standard.

Cool Fact: The TDI gets 1 mpg more combined than the Q5 hybrid.

Sum Up: One of Audi’s most popular models gets more fuel-efficient and much faster.


2014 Audi Q5
Base Engine 2.0L/220-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 245 hp
3.0L/272-hp/295-lb-ft supercharged V-6
3.0L/354-hp/347-lb-ft supercharged V-6
3.0L/240-hp/428-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-24/26-31 mpg
0-60 mph 5.1-7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 4400/1050 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
*estimated


2014 Audi Q7

Base Price: $48,595-$61,795

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: The Q7 carries into 2014 with minor adjustments and new options. All models now feature standard HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, while Premium Plus trim adds hands-free keyless entry and a power-adjustable steering column (optional for Premium). Also new is an appearance package with chrome accents and 19-inch wheels (optional 20-inch for Premium Plus).

Avoid: Frequent stops for fuel, thanks to a 26.4-gallon fuel tank.

Sum Up: Full-size Q7 TDI leaves a strong but efficient impression.


2014 Audi Q7
Base Engine 3.0L/280-hp/295-lb-ft supercharged V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 245 hp
3.0L/272-hp/295-lb-ft supercharged V-6
3.0L/354-hp/347-lb-ft supercharged V-6
3.0L/240-hp/428-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-19/22-28 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-8.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 5500-6600/1300 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated