2014 Dodge Durango

Base Price: $30,790-$44,390

Body Type: Full-size

MAJOR: The Durango is refreshed for the 2014 model year with an updated appearance featuring Dodge’s “Racetrack”-style LED taillights and, critically, an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to improve fuel efficiency and driveability. Another segment-first is an optional Blu-ray DVD player for the rear-seat entertainment system.

Driver’s Choice: The R/T model’s sport-tuned suspension and 5.7L V-8 put the sport in sport/utility vehicle.

Sum Up: The best full-size American SUV you can buy right now.


2014 Dodge Durango
Base Engine 3.6L/290-295-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-18/22-25 mpg
0-60 mph 7.1-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 6200-7400/1300-1450 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%
*estimated


2014 Dodge Journey

Base Price: $20,490-$31,790

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: The Journey mostly carries over, with the biggest change being the replacement of the Crew model with the new Limited model, a simple name change. Music fans will be happy to know that satellite radio is now available on all models. The Journey offers a third-row seat for those who don’t want a minivan such as the Grand Caravan.

Cool Fact: Journey offers eight different combinations of engine, drivetrain, and seating.

Sum Up: Dodge’s anti-minivan crossover.


2014 Dodge Journey
Base Engine 2.4L/173-hp/166-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 4A/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/25-26 mpg
0-60 mph 7.5-9.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2500/1200-1400 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%
*estimated


2014 Ford Edge

Base Price: $28,500-$38,500*

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: This generation of the Edge is approaching the end of its life cycle and enters 2014 unchanged. Three new optional colors are Sunset Metallic, Oxford White, and Ingot Silver (Sport only). Available in FWD or AWD and with three engines -- the 2.0L turbo I-4 returns 30 mpg highway -- the Edge has voice-activated controls (Sync) standard on all levels except SE. A Sport trim includes a 3.7L V-6 with 305 hp and a different visual treatment.

Look For: A redesigned Edge in 2015.

Sum Up: Aggressive styling helps keep this SUV looking modern.


2014 Ford Edge
Base Engine 3.5L/285-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-21/23-30 mpg
0-60 mph 7.1-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/900 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Ford Escape

Base Price: $23,595-$31,745

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: Ford’s most popular SUV gains two new standard features for 2014: A rearview camera and Sync. In addition, the hands-free power liftgate and Class II towing package can be optioned together. An optional 1.6L turbo I-4 offers 32 mpg, and the turbo 2.0L makes 270 lb-ft. A semi-automated parallel parking system complements Curve Control, which slows the vehicle with selective braking if it senses it’s entering a corner too fast.

Avoid: Getting frustrated with MyFord Touch.

Sum Up: Ford’s small SUV makes a big impression.


2014 Ford Escape
Base Engine 2.5L/168-hp/170-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engines 1.6L/178-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-23/28-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/N/A lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Ford Expedition/EL

Base Price: $42,175-$55,360*

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: The Expedition soldiers on for the foreseeable future much as it has for the past several years. The only major change for the 2014 model year is the replacement of the pneumatic load-leveling rear suspension with a mechanical system Ford says is quieter. A long-wheelbase model stretches the wheelbase by 13 inches and the overall length by just under 15 inches.

Cool Fact: Average price of gas was $2.64/gallon when this Expedition launched.

Sum Up: Not dead yet!


2014 Ford Expedition/EL
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg
0-60 mph 8.1-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 8700-9200/1600-1700 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated


2014 Ford Explorer

Base Price: $30,495-$41,675

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Features from the performance-focused Sport are now available on the rest of the lineup. A solid-mounted steering rack has better feel, and there are larger brakes. Auto headlights are standard, while adaptive cruise control and heated second-row seats are available on the Limited. Trailer-sway control, which uses the brakes to control trailer movement, is standard.

Driver’s Choice: The Sport packs 365 hp and a sport-tuned suspension.

Sum Up: Car underpinnings lead to a compromised SUV.


2014 Ford Explorer
Base Engine 3.5L/290-hp/255-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/22-28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.0-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-5000/N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Ford Flex

Base Price: $31,995-$45,495

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Refreshed last year, the Flex enters 2014 unchanged. Available with an optional 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 (AWD only), this modern interpretation of the station wagon offers seating for seven and a host of convenience and safety features, including a semi-auto parallel parking system and Curve Control, which selectively applies braking force if it senses the car entering a corner too fast.

Avoid: Blending in, thanks to the Flex’s distinctive styling.

Sum Up: A welcome alternative to the minivan.


2014 Ford Flex
Base Engine 3.5L/287-hp/254-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-18/23-25 mpg
0-60 mph 5.9-8.4 sec
Tow/Payload 4500/N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated