Tesla Model X

Base Price: $70,000-$95,000*

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

ALL-NEW: Based upon the quick and long-range Model S, the Model X is aimed at luring SUV-loving Americans into the EV camp with AWD and greater all-around utility. Neat features will include an available second motor motivating the front axles, and rising, double-hinged “Falcon Wing” rear doors for easy access (and they'll attract a crowd whenever they’re opened).

Cool Fact: Available AWD and Tesla’s improved battery preheating might make EV driving in snowy climates more attractive.

Sum Up: Can Tesla hit another home run with its first SUV?


Tesla Model X
Base Motor 302-hp/317-lb-ft elec*
Opt Motors 362-hp/325-lb-ft elec (rear)*; 416-hp/443-lb-ft elec (rear); 150-hp elec (front)*
Drivetrain Rear-motor/F&R-motors, RWD/AWD, 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 80-85/81-87 mpg-e*
0-60 mph 4.4-5.6 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
*estimated


2014 Toyota 4Runner

Base Price: $33,680-$44,120

Body Type: Full-size

MINOR: For its 30th birthday, the 4Runner receives a refresh, but no powertrain changes. The front fascia has been restyled, and there are new design cues that differentiate SR5, Trail, and Limited grades. SR5 and Trail receive soft-touch door trim, all three grades get a new instrument panel, and Entune is now available.

Look For: Off-road prowess, thanks to Crawl Control, A-TRAC, and KDSS with disconnecting anti-roll bars.

Sum Up: Trail capability that won’t scare off mall shoppers.


2014 Toyota 4Runner
Base Engine 4.0L/270-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/21-22 mpg
0-60 mph 7.4-7.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1500-1700 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 58%
*estimated


2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Base Price: $27,990-$29,170

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: Here’s what you can rely on with the FJ Cruiser: It offers terrific off-road capability in a retro-inspired shell, and there will be a Trail Teams edition, as there is every year. The special-edition FJ will have a unique paint color, off-road shocks, rear differential lock, skidplates, and BFG tires. 2014 will be the final model year for the FJ Cruiser.

Driver’s Choice: If you want to make the most of your time in the FJ40-inspired SUV, get the Trail Teams edition.

Sum Up: Retro-cool getting long in the tooth.


2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Base Engine 4.0L/260-hp/271-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-17/18-20 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-7.4 sec
Tow/Payload 4700/1250-1300 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 84%
*estimated


2014 Toyota Highlander

Base Price: $30,500-$48,000*

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: The eight-passenger Highlander benefits from a new exterior, redesigned interior, and improvements across the board. It’s now 3 inches longer, with increased cargo space and rear-seat legroom. Buyers can choose from a FWD 2.7L I-4, FWD/AWD 3.5L V-6 with a 6A, or the AWD-only V-6 Hybrid with the CVT. New AWD plus enhanced suspension is said to improve handling.

Look For: Standard reclining rear seats and a posh, comfortable cabin to lull passengers to sleep.

Sum Up: Vanilla becomes gourmet vanilla bean for 2014.


2014 Toyota Highlander
Base Engine 2.7L/185-hp/184-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engines3.5L/270-hp/248-lb-ft V-6; 3.5L V-6 + elec, 280 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-28/23-28 mpg*
0-60 mph 7.1-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-5000/1350-1750 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

Base Price: $79,750

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: Toyota’s oldest truck nameplate carries on for 2014 with no changes. Last year, the SUV received a new front grille, wheels, and headlights. Entune multimedia, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers are standard. The eight-passenger cabin comes in either Sandstone or black. Power comes from Toyota’s hardy 381-hp 5.7L V-8 with VVT-i.

Cool Fact: Despite being fully luxe, the body-on-frame Land Cruiser has skidplates, 4WD, and Crawl Control.

Sum Up: Great mix of luxury and capability keeps on truckin’.


2014 Toyota Land Cruiser
Base Engine 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/18 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 8500/1300 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 54%
*estimated


2014 Toyota RAV4

Base Price: $24,410-$51,000*

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: As the RAV4 was totally redesigned for 2013, we don’t expect to see major changes for 2014. The V-6 engine is gone, as is the third row, and buyers can choose from the 2.5L I-4 or the EV. That gas engine is essentially carryover from the previous-gen RAV4, but now it’s backed by a six-speed automatic. The wheelbase is the same. The overall length is 2 inches shorter, but there’s more room for cargo.

Cool Fact: Toyota worked with Tesla to develop the EV.

Sum Up: Staying afloat in the tough compact crossover segment.


2014 Toyota RAV4
Base Engine 2.5L/176-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Motor 154-hp/273-lb-ft elec
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 1A/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-24/29-31 mpg (78/74 mpg-e)
0-60 mph 8.0-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500/900 lb (I-4)
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 55%
*estimated


2014 Toyota Sequoia

Base Price: $44,590-$64,910

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: In 2013, the Sequoia got a Toyota-first rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and Entune; this year, three versions of Entune are available. The body-on-frame SUV continues one with one powertrain choice -- the 5.7L and 6A -- with either RWD or 4WD. It can tow up to 7400 lb and comes with Trailer Sway Control. The Sequoia comes as SR5, Limited, and Platinum grades.

Best Buy: This eight-passenger full-size SUV is actually roomier than the Land Cruiser.

Sum Up: Overlooked full-sizer deserves more attention.


2014 Toyota Sequoia
Base Engine 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/17-18 mpg
0-60 mph 6.2-6.7 sec
Tow/Payload 7200-7400/1350 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 55%
*estimated


2014 Toyota Venza

Base Price: $28,810-$40,430

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Aside from a couple of upgrades, the Venza carries over from the 2013 model year. XLE and Limited trim levels now get power-folding side mirrors, and the Limited receives front and rear backup sonar. Otherwise, the Venza retains the minor restyle it received for 2013. The Venza is powered by a 2.7L I-4 or 3.5L V-6 and comes in LE, XLE, or Limited trims, with front or all-wheel drive.

Avoid: Pairing the 181-hp four with the near-4000-lb AWD Venza.

Sum Up: The excitement of a Highlander in a two-row package.


2014 Toyota Venza
Base Engine 2.7L/181-hp/182-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/268-hp/246-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-20/25-26 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5-9.1 sec
Tow/Payload 1000-3500/1200 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 52%
*estimated