In the late 1990s and early 2000s, sport/utility vehicles were vilified as wanton wasters of natural resources, fairly or unfairly lumped in with the Hummer, and criticized by the automotive press for their trucklike, uninspiring driving dynamics. We’re happy to report that narrow definition of SUVs has been blown to smithereens with a broad array of stylish, capable, fun-to-drive offerings in every size and price category.

Even the traditional stalwarts of the segment, the Chevrolet Tahoe, Lincoln Navigator, Range Rover, and Jeep Grand Cherokee have undergone major transformations focused on improving fuel economy, refinement, and capabilities.

If smaller and more carlike are your taste, the compact and midsize crossover class is chock-full of compelling entries such as the Mazda CX-5, the Ford Escape, Lincoln's all-new MKC, Audi's impressive Q5, now with available TDI power, and a whole lineup of crossovers from BMW, from the X1 to the X5.

You can read all about these exciting new entries in our 2014-2015 SUV Buyer's Guide below!

KEY

  • 5M: 5-speed manual
  • 6A: 6-speed automatic
  • 6-sp auto-cl man: 6-speed auto-clutch manual
  • 7-sp twin-cl auto: 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
  • BMS: blind-spot monitoring system
  • rear cam: rearview camera
  • FWD: front-wheel drive
  • AWD: all-wheel drive
  • RWD: rear-wheel drive
  • S: standard
  • O: optional
  • N/A: not available

IntelliChoice five-year retained value data may apply to common vehicle variants, not an average of all model variants.


ALL-NEW
New inside and out, with possible powertrain changes

MAJOR
Mid-cycle change updates, minor powertrain changes

MINOR
Special editions, significant new features

UNCHANGED
Minor trim/package changes, new colors

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

2014 BMW X1

Base Price: $31,725-$39,525

Body Type: Luxury Compact

UNCHANGED: Styling, engines, transmissions, and drivetrains all carry over from the 2013 line. For 2014, the X1 now includes BMW Assist eCall and BMW TeleService as standard equipment. BMW is now offering its beautiful coral red leather seats with gray and black piping with the M Sport package, while the harman/kardon surround sound system is now available as a stand-alone option.

Driver's Choice: X1 xDrive35i scoots from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and averages 21 mpg combined.

Sum Up: BMW's least expensive vehicle.


2014 BMW X1
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A/8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-23/27-34 mpg
0-60 mph 5.3-6.4 sec
Tow/Payload N/A/900 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
*Estimated


2014 BMW X3

Base Price: $40,525-$45,625

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: For 2014, the X3’s standard equipment list has grown and iDrive has been updated with a new rotary controller and integrated touch pad. Newly standard equipment includes a universal garage door opener, auto dimming exterior lights, auto dimming interior mirror, 40/20/40-split folding seats, ambient lighting, storage compartment package, BMW Assist eCall, and TeleService.

Driver’s Choice: X3 xDrive35i if the X1 xDrive35i is too small.

Sum Up: Best all-around SUV in BMW’s fleet


2014 BMW X3
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/26-28 mpg
0-60 mph 5.3-6.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/900 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*Estimated


2015 BMW X4

Base Price: $44,000*

Body Type: Luxury Compact

ALL-NEW: If the actual X4 is anything like the concept (shown above), expect an X3 with less room but a sportier look. The X4 is just a scaled-down version of the X6, much like the X3 is a scaled-down version of the X5. But where the X3 and X5 both have usable interior space, the X6 and presumably the X4 lose a great deal of that space to a swooping rear roofline. The X4 is a niche vehicle, but so is the X6, and it's still around.

Best Buy: 4 Series coupe with AWD.

Sum Up: Like a cheaper, more efficient X6.


2015 BMW X4
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/26-28 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.3-6.7 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: N/A
*Estimated


2014 BMW X5

Base Price: $53,725-$69,125

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

ALL-NEW: For 2014, BMW’s new X5 enters its third generation. The big news for the X5 is the sDrive35i, which marks the first time an X5 has been offered with RWD. The 3.0L I-6 engine carries over from 2013, but the new 4.4L V-8 in the X5 gets more power and torque with improved fuel efficiency. The diesel engine is back with nearly as much power and torque as before, but with significant improvements in fuel efficiency.

Look For: The 2015 X5 M with about 600 hp.

Sum Up: The original BMW SUV returns for a third generation.


2014 BMW X5
Base Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/255-hp/413-lb-ft t-diesel I-6; 4.4L/445-hp/480-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-20/22-27 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.9-6.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 6000/1300 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: O
*Estimated


2014 BMW X6

Base Price: $60,725-$93,825

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The X6 was refreshed last year with a revised grille and available full LED headlights. On the X6 xDrive 50i model, BMW has added a universal garage door opener and an interior mirror with integrated compass. An M Performance package brings power and torque to the basic six- and eight-cylinder engine models.

Cool Fact: The BMW X6 M remains one of the quickest SUVs we have ever tested.

Sum Up: More expensive X5 with less room.


2014 BMW X6
Base Engine 3.0L/300-315-hp/300-330-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 4.4L/400-440-hp/450-480-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
4.4L/555-hp/500-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A/8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-17/17-24 mpg
0-60 mph 4.0-5.9 sec
Tow/Payload 6000/950 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
*Estimated


2014 Buick Enclave

Base Price: $39,665-$41,665

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: After a thorough refresh for the 2013 model year, the Buick Enclave soldiers on much the same for 2014, but with a few minor safety and convenience updates. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are now optional, while Buick’s IntelliLink user interface now includes text-to-voice operations. Two USB charging ports are added to the rear of the center console.

Cool Fact: 3M technology makes the LED taillights look better and cost less.

Sum Up: Lots of luxury SUV for the money.


2014 Buick Enclave
Base Engine 3.6L/288-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg
0-60 mph 8.2-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500/1650 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*Estimated


2014 Buick Encore

Base Price: $25,085-$27,300

Body Type Luxury Subcompact

UNCHANGED: The Buick Encore debuted for 2013 and offers much of the Enclave’s attractive package in a smaller size. The Encore is available with front or all-wheel drive and is powered by GM’s turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed automatic. New for 2014, the Encore receives optional side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

Cool Fact: The Encore’s platform is a revised version of the Chevy Sonic’s.

Sum Up: Buick’s take on luxury, downsized.

2014 Buick Encore
Base Engine 1.4L/138-hp/148-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-25/30-33 mpg
0-60 mph 8.7-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A/1100 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
*Estimated

2014 Cadillac Escalade/ESV

Base Price: $64,740-$87,415

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: For 2014, Cadillac’s venerable Escalade luxury SUV gets a single change: new available Midnight Plum Metallic paint. That’s because the 2014 Escalade will be sold only through the first several months of the new year before it is replaced with the all-new 2015 model. That next-gen Escalade has been heavily revised -- read about the changes in the 2015 Cadillac Escalade First Look HERE.

Look For: Heavily discounted 2014 models at your local dealer.

Sum Up: Buy now for a deal or wait for the new model.


2014 Cadillac Escalade/ESV
Base Engine 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp
DrivetrainFront engine, RWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-20/18-23 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 5600-8300/1600 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Cadillac SRX

Base Price: $38,430-$46,300

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: Still feeling good after a 2013 refresh, the SRX remains a best-selling model for the American luxury brand. For 2014, there are three new exterior colors and a new Caramel interior trim package, and 18-inch wheels have been added to the Luxury Collection version. Caddy has also stuffed Intellibeam adaptive headlights into its Driver Awareness Package for 2014.

Best Buy: The mid-range Luxury Pack includes many high-end features standard.

Sum Up: Still leading the brand renaissance.


2014 Cadillac SRX
Base Engine 3.6L/308-hp/265-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
0-60 mph 6.6-7.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1200 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 41%
*estimated


2014 Chevrolet Equinox

Base Price: $25,235-$34,195

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: The Equinox rolls into the 2014 model year as one of the most popular crossovers in the U.S. market. This year Chevy adds new chrome-clad wheels on the LTZ model and two new colors, Red Rock Metallic and Silver Topaz Metallic. The Equinox continues to offer a 182-hp, 2.4L I-4 and a 301-hp, 3.6L V-6, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Cool Fact: The MultiFlex sliding second row moves 8 inches fore and aft.

Sum Up: This top seller will remain at the front of the pack.


2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/301-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-9.2 sec
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1200 lb
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Base Price: $42,595-$60,895

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: For 2014, both big SUVs make their convenience package standard for base-trim models. The package includes power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starter system, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The mechanically related Avalanche pickup was discontinued for the 2013 model year, also the last year for the Tahoe hybrid.

Avoid: Buyer’s remorse if you don’t snag a good deal: Redesigned 2015 models are arriving -- read about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban HERE.

Sum Up: Brawny SUV with space and capability.


2014 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/21 mpg
0-60 mph 7.8-8.5 sec
Tow/Payload 8000-8500/1500-1750 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
*estimated


2014 Chevrolet Traverse

Base Price: $31,670-$44,130

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: The Traverse heads into 2014 with Forward Collision Alert and lane-departure warning systems standard on 1LT and 2LT models. It will also add dual USB ports in the second row to keep passengers’ devices charged. Along with the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, the Traverse was refreshed inside and out for the 2013 model year.

Look For: The AWD model with captain’s chairs in the second row to keep adults in the back just as comfortable as those in the front.

Sum Up: A family hauler without the minivan stigma.


2014 Chevrolet Traverse
Base Engine 3.6L/281-288-hp/266-270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.5-8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 5200/1550-1750 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 43%
*estimated


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


2014 GMC Acadia

Base Price: $35,260-$49,600

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Since the GMC Acadia underwent a complete refresh for the 2013 model year, it continues mostly unchanged for 2014. This year, GMC includes USB recharging ports in the Acadia’s second row as well as making forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems standard on SLT-1 and SLT-2 models.

Look For: The high-end Denali edition of the Acadia, which has unique exterior styling.

Sum Up: The truckiest crossover.


2014 GMC Acadia
Base Engine 3.6L/288 hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.7-8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 5200/1600-1750 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: 5; BMS: 0
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 GMC Terrain

Base Price: $27,390-$37,830

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: The 2014-model-year Terrain offers standard 17-inch wheels on SLE and SLT1 models, while 18-inch wheels are now standard on SLT2 and available on the SLE2 and SLT1 trims. The Terrain’s slab-sided looks remain, and this year Copper Red Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, and Bronze Alloy Metallic join the list of available exterior colors. The high-end Denali trim is available with the 2.4L and 3.6L engines.

Look For: The high-tech packaging of GM’s IntelliLink system.

Sum Up: A more modern crossover.


2014 GMC Terrain
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/301-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-32 mpg
0-60 mph 8.1-9.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1150 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated


2014 GMC Yukon/XL

Base Price: $43,950-$63,565

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: As the Yukon gets ready for a new design next year, the 2014 model adds a new Deep Indigo Metallic color and includes the Convenience package as standard on SLE models. A formidable SUV with seating for up to nine, the Yukon remains one of the best body-on-frame SUVs available. For 2014, the hybrid model is gone, leaving a 320-hp, 5.3L V-8 and a 403-hp, 6.2L V-8.

Cool Fact: The center console can store 0.8 cu-ft worth of stuff.

Sum Up: The classic SUV. Read more about the redesigned 2015 model HERE.


2014 GMC Yukon/XL
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City / Hwy 13-15/18-21 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4-8.5 sec
Tow/Payload 8000-8500/1500-1750 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
*estimated


2014 Honda Crosstour

Base Price: $28,060-$35,820

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Nothing new for the Crosstour crossover, Honda’s equivalent of the Subaru Outback. The base 2.4L comes mated to a five-speed automatic, and is offered only with FWD and 17-inch wheels. Upmarket V-6 trims get a 6A and 18-inch alloys, with the top-tier EX-L V-6 available with AWD. The second-gen Crosstour, due out soon and based on the new Accord, will get Honda’s Earth Dreams powertrains.

Look For: A new 2015 model based on the ninth-gen Accord.

Sum Up: Solid performer that’s still shy of Outback’s overall excellence.


2014 Honda Crosstour
Base Engine 2.4L/192-hp/162-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/278-hp/252-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/28-31 mpg
0-60 mph 6.9-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-1500/1000-1200 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
*estimated


2014 Honda CR-V

Base Price: $23,775-$29,775

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: All-new for 2012, the CR-V is unchanged. Next year, Honda’s small crossover will undergo a face-lift that might include tweaked sheetmetal and an Earth Dreams 4-cyl/CVT powertrain. Until then, the 2014 will continue to offer a 2.4L I-4 mated to a 5A, with FWD standard and AWD optional. In backseat packaging and cargo usability, the CR-V is tops in the segment.

Look For: Mid-cycle refresh for ‘15 with updated styling, DI 2.4, and CVT.

Sum Up: Segment benchmark is set to get big improvements next year.


2014 Honda CR-V
Base Engine 2.4L/185-hp/163-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-23/30-31 mpg
0-60 mph 8.4-9.1 sec
Tow/Payload 1500/850 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%
*estimated


2014 Honda Pilot

Base Price: $30,500-$42,250

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: With a new model on the horizon, Honda’s 8-passenger Pilot has no changes. Which isn’t a bad thing, considering the 2012 received a host of upgrades, including better fuel economy and a restyled front fascia and interior. The next-gen Pilot will be based on the Acura MDX, and thus will receive a direct-injection V-6, 6A, and upgraded ACE body structure.

Cool Fact: 3.5L V-6 can operate in 4- or 3-cylinder mode for efficiency.

Sum Up: Well-rounded crossover in square sheetmetal.


2014 Honda Pilot
Base Engine 3.5L/250-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/24-25 mpg
0-60 mph 8.0-8.5 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-4500/1650 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 52%
*estimated


2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Base Price: $30,775-$36,425

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: The base GLS now features active blind-spot detection as part of the optional Premium package, plus memory seats and backup parking sensors with the available Technology package. The top-end Limited offers the same Tech package, but with HID headlights, LED taillights, and cooled front seats included as well, along with standard blind-spot monitoring.

Best Buy: Absolutely need 7-passenger seating? Then you’ll have to stick with the GLS over the 6-seat Limited.

Sum Up: Growing along with families.


2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Engine 3.3L/290-hp/252-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/24-25 mpg
0-60 mph 7.0-7.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1300-1600 lb
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
*estimated


2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Base Price: $25,825-$33,275

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Ticking the box for the 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport’s Premium package returns a blind-spot monitoring system. A Technology package includes new memory seats and rear parking sensors; the 2.0T model’s Tech Package also throws in cooled front seats, eye-catching HID headlights, and LED taillights. The 2.0T downsizes from a standard 19-inch alloy wheel to 18-inchers.

Avoid: Mistaking the Santa Fe Sport for Santa Fe, because the Sport has 16.7 cu ft less interior volume.

Sum Up: Powertrain and suspension could use fine-tuning.


2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base Engine 2.4L/190-hp/181-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/264-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/24-29 mpg*
0-60 mph 9.1-9.3 sec
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Hyundai Tucson

Base Price: $22,325-$28,575

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The new base 2.0L I-4 has direct injection (GLS model), as does the SE and Limited’s revised 2.4L I-4. Unlike the 2013 Tucson (pictured), it’s now possible to select AWD with the small engine. Standard creature comforts include a two-stage reclining backseat, Sachs shock absorbers, illuminated cupholders, Bluetooth, and a tilt/telescope steering wheel. All-new options: second-row air vents, LED taillights, and Blue Link telematics.

Look For: Subtle tweaks to spice up the exterior.

Sum Up: Refreshed CUV targets greater exposure.


2014 Hyundai Tucson
Base Engine 2.0L/164-hp/151-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/182-hp/177-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/26-31 mpg*
0-60 mph 8.0-10.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/1100-1300 lb*
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated

2014 Infiniti QX50

Base Price: $35,395-$36,795

Body Type: Luxury Compact

UNCHANGED: The 2014 QX50 stays the same as when it was called the EX, and engine displacement badges are added to the front fenders. The QX50’s 3.7L puts out 325 hp, only 65 less than the 5.0L V-8 found in the QX70. That QX50’s power, coupled with its relatively light weight, make it second in QX performance only to the QX70, and almost tops in the mpg department.

Look For: An entry-level Infiniti possibly called the QX30, based on the Mercedes GLA.

Sum Up: A powerful, compact luxury wagon alternative.


2014 Infiniti QX50
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/24-25 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.5-6.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1000-1100 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
*estimated


2014 Infiniti QX60

Base Price: $42,545-$47,000*

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

MINOR: The vehicle formerly known as the JX goes mostly unchanged except for a name change to QX60 and a new hybrid version. Using a supercharged 2.5-liter I-4 with a CVT and a lithium-ion battery, the QX60 Hybrid produces a combined 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. Available with FWD and AWD, the hybrid will carry a premium of about $3000 above V-6 models and get an estimated 26 mpg combined.

Cool Fact: The QX60 will be Infiniti’s first hybrid SUV.

Sum Up: Now with supercharged hybrid.


2014 Infiniti QX60
Base Engine 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.5L s'chgd I-4 + elec, 250 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-25/25-27 mpg
0-60 mph 7.9-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1450-1500 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 52%
*estimated


2014 Infiniti QX70

Base Price: $45,945-$62,495

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: There are no changes to the QX70 other than the name change from FX. The V-6 is offered with rear- and all-wheel drive while the V-8 has standard all-wheel drive. Expect a mid-cycle refresh in the next year or two. It would be nice to see Infiniti add the QX80’s more torque-rich 5.6L engine to the QX70. Infiniti did “hire” Sebastian Vettel to help with vehicle development, so a hot-rod QX70 might not be that farfetched.

Driver's Choice: The 390-hp V-8 model is Infiniti's quickest SUV.

Sum Up: Still special as an FX or QX70.


2014 Infiniti QX70
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/390-hp/369-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-17/20-24 mpg
0-60 mph 5.2-6.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1200 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BSM: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 52%
*estimated


2014 Infiniti QX80

Base Price: $62,345-$65,445

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: Like the rest of Infiniti’s SUV line, the QX80 gets no new changes or updates, other than the rebadging from QX56. The beast from the East is the largest SUV Infiniti has to offer, but don’t let the size fool you. The QX80 is equally happy on- or off-road. This massive SUV can carve up a canyon road better than you might think.

Cool Fact: In other countries you can get the QX80 as a Nissan with a manual.

Sum Up: Amazingly competent Escalade alternative.


2014 Infiniti QX80
Base Engine 5.6L/400-hp/413-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/20 mpg
0-60 mph 6.1 sec
Tow/Payload 8500/1600-1700 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BSM: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated


2014 Jeep Cherokee

Base Price: $23,990-$30,990

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: The all-new Cherokee replaces the Liberty with a more powerful, efficient, and capable model. Three 4WD systems are available, two with low range and one with a locking rear differential on Trailhawk models. New engines and a nine-speed automatic promise better fuel economy. The design goal of the Cherokee was to make it look contemporary in 2019.

Cool Fact: At 56.0:1, the Cherokee’s crawl ratio bests the Grand Cherokee’s and non-Rubicon Wranglers’.

Sum Up: Ready to prove itself worthy of the name Cherokee.


2014 Jeep Cherokee
Base Engine 2.4L/184-hp/171-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.2L/271-hp/239-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/25-31 mpg
0-60 mph 7.5-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-4500/1000 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Jeep Compass

Base Price: $19,490-$28,685

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The lightly face-lifted Compass now offers a six-speed automatic for people who don’t want a CVT. Also finally available are standard side airbags for the front row, and an optional rearview camera. Inside, the Limited now offers Saddle Brown perforated leather seats with accent stitching. Compass armrests and center console lids are now wrapped in vinyl, and the instrument cluster gets an upgraded look.

Avoid: 2.0L engine is painfully slow. Upgraded engine is only $485.

Sum Up: Grand Cherokee looks without the price or features.


2014 Jeep Compass
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/6A/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
0-60 mph 9.2-10.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/1000 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Base Price: $29,790-$64,190

Body Type: Midsize

MAJOR: Major updates for 2014 include a new eight-speed automatic for the entire range and a new diesel V-6, both of which improve fuel economy. Exterior styling is updated and the new interior features a digital instrument cluster and an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system. A new Summit model extends the Jeep’s reach even further into luxury SUV territory.

Best Buy: The diesel engine gives you V-8 towing power with better-than-V-6 fuel economy.

Sum Up: The best Grand Cherokee yet.


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Base Engine 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8; 3.0L/240-hp/420-lb-ft 6 t-diesel V-6; 6.4L/470-hp/465-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD/4WD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-22/19-30 mpg
0-60 mph 4.6-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 6200-7400/1050-1300 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated


2014 Jeep Patriot

Base Price: $16,990-$26,990

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: The Patriot finally gets with the times , gaining an optional six-speed automatic for those who don’t want a CVT, and standard side airbags for front seat occupants. It’s otherwise the same vehicle it’s been for years, offering 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines as well as a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Expect a Fiat-based replacement to offer higher fuel economy with Jeep styling and a seven-bar front grille.

Best Buy: A Cherokee if you’re considering a high-end Patriot.

Sum Up: The cheapest way to get a Trail Rating, but not the best.


2014 Jeep Patriot
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/6A/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
0-60 mph 9.5-10.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/1000 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited

Base Price: $23,990-$35,490

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The Rubicon X model adds a winch-ready front bumper and wider rock sliders. Add the Trail Kit package to get two D-rings, a tow strap, and gloves for serious off-roading. The Freedom Edition returns for 2014 based on the Sport S model, and Jeep will donate $250 to the USO for every Freedom Edition sold. Last year, the Wrangler got new seats and revised soft tops on regular and Unlimited models.

Driver’s Choice: Rubicon X is still the best off-roader on the planet.

Sum Up: The original. The best.


2014 Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited
Base Engine 3.6L/285-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/20-21 mpg
0-60 mph 6.6-6.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/900-1000 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 65%
*estimated


2014 Kia Sorento

Base Price: $24,950-$40,950

Body Type: Midsize

MAJOR: There’s not much that isn’t new. More than 80 percent of all components have been revised, including an updated exterior with LED lighting, a revised interior with a digitized instrument cluster, electric power steering, and a chassis that’s been tweaked for improved comfort. A 3.3L V-6 finds its way into all trim levels, while the 2.4L inline-four can only be had in LX spec.

Look For: Kia’s next-gen UVO eServices telematics system.

Sum Up: Fresh, comfortable, and underrated.


2014 Kia Sorento
Base Engine 2.4L/191-hp/181-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.3L/290-hp/252-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-20/24-27 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-9.6 sec
Tow/Payload 1650-3500/1200-1600 lb
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
*estimated


2014 Kia Sportage

Base Price: $22,495-$29,295

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The Kia Sportage compact crossover debuted for the 2011 model year and we expect the cute-ute to be refreshed for 2014. Along with subtly revised sheetmetal and a front grille that better matches the front design of the Forte and Cadenza, the volume-oriented 2.4L I-4 adds direct-injection tech.

Look For: An optional navigation system available on the non-base trims.

Sum Up: Useful, stylish, and packed with tech goodies.


2014 Kia Sportage
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/177-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/260-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/24-28 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-9.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000/1250-1350 lb*
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated

2014 Land Rover LR2

Base Price: $37,495

Body Type: Luxury Compact

UNCHANGED: The LR2 got the Evoque’s turbo 2.0L I-4 for 2013, replacing the unique but somewhat thirsty 3.2L I-6. Externally, not much has changed. Think of it as the Evoque’s less handsome, more practical older brother. A new LR2 (still called the Freelander in other markets) with Evoque-inspired styling is due soon, possibly for the 2015 model year. The current body style may get an upgrade to a ZF 9-speed automatic like the Evoque's.

Look For: A 9-speed automatic to improve fuel economy.

Sum Up: Evoque powertrain in a plainer, more practical wrapper.


2014 Land Rover LR2
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/250-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1100 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 43%
*estimated


2014 Land Rover LR4

Base Price: $50,595

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: Approaching the 5-year mark since its introduction, the LR4 is due for a comprehensive redesign soon. The LR4 is one of the most traditionally packaged SUVs in Land Rover’s U.S. lineup since the departure of the Defender, with a tall, boxy profile. The sole powertrain offered in the U.S. is now a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0L V-6 with an eight-speed automatic. Expect its successor to be sleeker and substantially lighter.

Look For: A new model coming soon.

Sum Up: Land Rover’s mainstream, midsize premium SUV.


2014 Land Rover LR4
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft s'chg'd V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/19 mpg
0-60 mph 6.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 7700/1350 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Land Rover Range Rover

Base Price: $83,545-$135,995

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The Range Rover got a complete redesign in 2013, with an all-aluminum body resulting in a massive 500-800-pound weight loss. For 2014, a supercharged V-6 also found in the Jaguar XF, XJ, and F-Type replaces the naturally aspirated base V-8, sacrificing a bit in power for greater fuel economy. With the new V-6, EPA-rated fuel economy jumps by 3 mpg.

Look For: An extended wheelbase model to arrive in a couple years.

Sum Up: Her majesty’s flagship SUV is better than ever.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/510-hp/461-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-17/19-23 mpg
0-60 mph 4.6-7.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 7716/1900-2150 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 40%
*estimated


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Base Price: $41,995-$58,195

Body Type: Luxury Compact

MINOR: A new Pure entry-level model was added for 2013. Park assist and off-road navigation were added to last year’s model as well. The big news for 2014 is the addition of a 9A, increasing fuel economy and performance. Fuel economy ratings for the 2014 models are up to 21/30 mpg city/highway, higher than the current Evoque’s 20/28 mpg city/highway.

Avoid: Being surprised that Land Rover is considering an Evoque convertible.

Sum Up: Land Rover’s high-fashion compact SUV continues to improve.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/250-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/30 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5-6.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1200 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10 rear cam: O BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 41%
*estimated


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Base Price: $63,495-$93,295

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

ALL-NEW: In a word, everything. The Range Rover Sport follows in the flagship’s footsteps with an aluminum body and chassis for a significant weight loss over its predecessor, and for the first time gets a third row, for seven-passenger capacity in a pinch. Base models get a 340-hp supercharged V-6, while the Supercharged model gets a 510-hp blown 5.0L V-8.

Look For: Third-row capability, improved performance, and better fuel economy.

Sum Up: Power and practicality in one handsome package.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft s'chg'd V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/510-hp/461-lb-ft s'chg'd V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-17/19-23 mpg
0-60 mph 5.0-6.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 7700/1050-1300 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Lexus GX

Base Price: $49,995

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

MINOR: The last Lexus SUV to get the spindle grille, the 2014 GX 460 now sports the brand’s trademark styling cue, with clear taillights, redesigned 18-inch wheels, and an updated interior with a customizable three-section home screen, predictive traffic updates, and cache radio (pauses live radio for up to 20 minutes). Mechanically, the GX receives trailer sway control, which was previously available only on the LX 570.

Cool Fact: Premium package has LED headlights and foglights.

Sum Up: Slow seller still struggling to find identity.


2014 Lexus GX
Base Engine 4.6L/301-hp/329-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/20 mpg
0-60 mph 6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 6500/1250 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 56%
*estimated


2014 Lexus LX

Base Price: $83,540

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: Lexus’ flagship SUV enters 2014 unchanged, save for two color changes: Silver Lining Metallic and Claret Mica replace Mercury Metallic and Noble Spinel Mica. (Makes you want to be a car color-namer, no?) Powered by a 383-hp, 5.7-liter V-8, the Japan-built, Toyota Land Cruiser-based LX comes standard with seating for eight passengers, full-time 4WD with Crawl Control, and a 7000-pound towing capacity.

Cool Fact: The LX has a top speed of 137 mph.

Sum Up: A Japanese Range Rover.


2014 Lexus LX
Base Engine 5.7L/383-hp/403-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/17 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 7000/1400 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 53%
*estimated


2014 Lexus RX

Base Price: $40,670-$48,720

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The RX 350 F Sport variant can be dressed in an Ultra White paint job that replaces last year’s Starfire Pearl. Inside, the back-seat area boasts a new 115V AC power outlet that’s great for charging phones. For those with an iPhone 4S or 5, all RXs can be optioned with Siri Eyes Free Mode. The RX 450h receives a new bamboo interior trim option, and both variants add a Pre-Brake System to the Pre-Collision System.

Driver’s Choice: F Sport, which includes sport suspension and 8A.

Sum Up: Ho-hum humdinger.


2014 Lexus RX
Base Engine 3.5L/270-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + elec, 295 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A/8A/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-32/24-28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4-6.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1250-1400 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 53%
*estimated


2015 Lincoln MKC

Base Price: $33,995-$40,860

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

ALL-NEW: Launching for the 2015 model year (concept shown), the reworked Ford Escape will give Lincoln a new offering in the compact luxury SUV segment. Lincoln claims the crossover will offer an unprecedented level of driver personalization and might use the EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4 found in the MKZ. If Lincoln can keep the Escape’s sporty manners and add the luxury Lincoln buyers expect, this SUV will be a contender in the hotly contested class.

Look For: More accessories than Mini offers.

Sum Up: An Escape to luxury.


2015 Lincoln MKC
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.3L/275-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/28 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1000 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Lincoln MKT

Base Price: $43,680-$45,675

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: The MKT received a minor refresh for 2013, so nothing much changes this year, with the exception of the new Platinum Dune Tri-Coat exterior color. The MKT is packed with all the features you expect to find in a luxury SUV, from active suspension and steering to safety features including lane keeping assist and even seatbelt-mounted airbags. The Ecoboost V-6 makes for a quick crossover.

Cool Fact: MKT is becoming the new star of livery car fleets.

Sum Up: The Town Car of crossovers.

2014 Lincoln MKT
Base Engine 3.7L/303-hp/278-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 16-17/23-25 mpg
0-60 mph 6.1-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-4500/1300 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 43%
*estimated


2014 Lincoln MKX

Base Price: $40,500-42,500*

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: For the 2014 model year, the colors Ginger Ale and Crystal Champagne Metallic Tri-Coat Paint have both been discontinued on the MKX. Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Smoked Quartz Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-coat are now available. A tow package rated at 3500 pounds that uses the vehicle brakes for sway control is still offered as a $395 option.

Cool Fact: For $2500, the MKX can be equipped with 22s.

Sum Up: When an RX and SRX are too common.


2014 Lincoln MKX
Base Engine 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/23-26 mpg
0-60 mph 7.0-7.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/900 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Lincoln Navigator/L

Base Price: $56,945-$62,010

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: It won’t shock anyone to hear that the Navigator is yet again a carryover for 2014. The giant SUV has soldiered on for years with the same basic “size sells” formula. A single engine offering with outdated six-speed automatic is no longer enough for the category. A Ford Expedition in King Ranch trim provides similar luxury for $10,000 less on the sticker. Read about the new 2015 Lincoln Navigator HERE.

Look For: The Mercedes GL if you can afford the price premium.

Sum Up: EcoBoost rumors persist.


2014 Lincoln Navigator/L
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg
0-60 mph 7.8-8.4 sec
Tow/Payload 8500-9000/1600-1650 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
*estimated

Maserati Levante

Base Price: $80,000*

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

ALL-NEW: The Levante, formerly known as the Kubang (concept pictured), is Maserati’s entry into luxury SUVs. Sharing its basic platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee (which itself is related to the Mercedes-Benz ML), the Levante parts ways from its U.S. cousin by being built in Italy and using a twin-turbocharged V-6 or V-8. With the redesigned Quattroporte and new Ghibli sedans, Maserati may soon have a much greater presence in the U.S.

Look For: What could be a legitimate Cayenne competitor.

Sum Up: The Grand Cherokee’s upscale Italian cousin.


Maserati Levante
Base Engine 3.0L/404-hp/406-lb-ft turbo V-6*
Opt Engine 3.8L/523-hp/479-lb-ft turbo V-8*
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-15/19-22 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.8-5.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 7200/1000 lb*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
*estimated


2014 Mazda CX-5

Base Price: $22,190-$24,840

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: A new 184-hp 2.5-liter I-4 answers the cry for more power. New safety tech includes an available Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system that assists in avoiding low-speed collisions. Available infotainment system features include Pandora, SMS text delivery/receipt, Radio Broadcast Data System program information, E911 auto emergency, and audio menu voice command. New paint colors include Soul Red, Jet Black, and Meteor Gray.

Look For: The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine.

Sum Up: More power for a strong compact SUV player.


2014 Mazda CX-5
Base Engine 2.0L/155-hp/150-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.5L/184-hp/185-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-26/30-35 mpg
0-60 mph 8.1-9.5 sec
Tow/Payload 2000/1050 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Mazda CX-9

Base Price: $30,780-$37,420

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: The CX-9 got a makeover for 2013, with a front-end restyle reflecting the brand’s new Kodo design language. Mechanically, the CX-9 remains relatively unchanged. The winner of our 2008 SUV of the Year award, the CX-9 remains one of our favorite large crossovers. Its 3.7L V-6, however, is lagging rivals in fuel efficiency, and its successor could be four-cylinder powered.

Driver’s Choice: Among three-row crossovers, any CX-9 is a winner.

Sum Up: The family truckster for enthusiasts.


2014 Mazda CX-9
Base Engine 3.7L/273-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.1-7.5 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1500 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Base Price: $114,000-$136,000*

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The Geländewagen (otherwise known as the G-Class) was treated to a thorough makeover for the 2013 model year, with new LED daytime running lights, folding mirrors, interior refinements, and the introduction of the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine to make the 536-hp G63 AMG variant. The 2014 model continues on with 2013 safety improvements that include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot assist.

Cool Fact: The G-Wagen has been in production since 1979.

Sum Up: 35 years of evolution can’t be wrong.


2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Base Engine 5.5L/388-hp/391-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 5.5L/544-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/14-15 mpg
0-60 mph 5.0-6.1 sec
Tow/Payload 7700/1400 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: S; BMS: S
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 55%
*estimated


2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Base Price: $63,925-$119,485

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: All-new for the 2013 model year, the GL-Class continues with few changes to note for the new model year. For 2014, the GL-Class will include its Splitview multi-display infotainment system as a special order option, and add flared wheel arches, exposed tailpipes, deeper aprons, and new 21-inch five-twin-spoke wheels to the GL550. The GL350 also gets a new 19-inch, five-twin-spoke wheel.

Cool Fact: The GL63 can hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

Sum Up: The GL is large and in charge.


2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Base Engine 3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Opt Engines 4.7L/362-429-hp/406-516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/550-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-19/17-26 mpg
0-60 mph 4.8-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 7500/1600-1750 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: S BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Base Price: $33,000*

Body Type: Luxury Compact

ALL-NEW: The yet-to-be-released GLA-Class is Mercedes’ new compact utility vehicle that will slot beneath the GLK in the SUV lineup. Based on the new architecture that underpins the CLA four-door, the GLA will also get the sedan’s 2.0L turbocharged four. Though small in size, the GLA will be big on features and offer most of Mercedes’ cutting-edge safety tech and a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission.

Cool Fact: An AMG version will be available.

Sum Up: Sleek and chic—M-B should sell a ton of these.


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Base Engine 2.0L/208-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/355-hp/332-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not rated
0-60 mph 4.8-7.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Base Price: $38,405-$40.405

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: After receiving more than 1000 new components for 2013, the GLK is unchanged for 2014. Two engine choices remain available: a 200-hp four-cylinder twin-turbodiesel or a 302-hp six-cylinder direct-injection gasoline mill. Both are paired to a seven-speed automatic trans and are available with all-wheel drive, though no rear-drive option is offered with the diesel engine.

Cool Fact: The diesel’s fuel injectors operate at a staggering 29,000 psi.

Sum Up: Not just for the ladies anymore.


2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.1L/200-hp/369-lb-ft t-diesel I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-24/25-33 mpg
0-60 mph 5.8-7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1150-1350 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
*estimated


2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Base Price: $48,715-$98,175

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

UNCHANGED: The M-Class has had a few revisions since its third-gen debut for 2012, and in 2014 a couple more additions are made. A special option Splitview display is now on offer, while the ML350 gets a Sport Styling package previously available only on the ML550. Speaking of the ML550, dash upholstery, running boards, the AMG styling kit, and 19-inch AMG wheels are now all standard equipment.

Driver’s Choice: The ML63 is brilliant.

Sum Up: Still one of the best midsize SUVs in the biz.


2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft turbodiesel V-6; 4.7L/402-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/518-550-hp/516-560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-20/17-28 mpg
0-60 mph 4.3-6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1150-1350 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%
*estimated


2014 Mini Countryman

Base Price: $23,895-$36,395

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: A cupholder with a 12-volt outlet replaces the center rail, and John Cooper Works interior and exterior accent packages are added for base and S models. Heated mirrors and washer jets become standard. A padded armrest is added to the rear doors, and a rear bench becomes standard. Premium packages are combined and the City Pack package joins the option list along with JCW appearance packages.

Cool Fact: One of the few SUVs still offered with a stick.

Sum Up: Small crossover practicality in a Mini package.


2014 Mini Countryman
Base Engine 1.6L/121-hp/118-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engines 1.6L/181-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4; 1.6L/208-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-27/30-35 mpg
0-60 mph 7.1-8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload Not rated/850 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 58%
*estimated


2014 Mini Paceman

Base Price: $24,095-$36,395

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: The slightly smaller and lighter Paceman receives the same changes as the Countryman in its second year, though its cupholder receives an iPod holder. Heated mirrors and washer jets become standard. The Paceman receives the same Premium and City Pack packages as the Countryman, as well as the same John Cooper Works appearance packages for base and S models.

Driver’s Choice: Be sure to opt for the Sport Suspension, which is a no-cost option.

Sum Up: The funky CUV we knew Mini would do.


2014 Mini Paceman
Base Engine 1.6L/121-hp/118-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engines 1.6L/181-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4; 1.6L/208-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-27/30-35 mpg
0-60 mph 6.9-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload Not rated/850 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A


2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Base Price: $23,820-$28,620

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: This seven-passenger SUV is all-new. Most notable is the sleeker, 200-pound-lighter body that’s 7 percent more aerodynamic. Jump in the SE and GT trims to find more upscale materials. An ECO mode reduces power and A/C air flow to save fuel on the I-4 and V-6. SE and GT trims can be had with a lightweight AWD system (the base ES is FWD). Step up to the higher two trims to get foglights, dual-zone A/C, power tailgate, and leather.

Look For: The GT’s next-gen nav with 3-D mapping.

Sum Up: Nice, but lacks pizzazz.


2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
Base Engine 2.4L/166-hp/162-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/224-hp/215-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-25/28-31 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1350-1500 lb
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
*estimated


2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Base Price: $19,995-$24,520

Body Type: Compact

UNCHANGED: Though still somewhat fresh, the smaller Outlander Sport gets revamped ES and SE trims (no more LE) with more standard features. Both trims get a new engine balancer shaft, steering wheel audio controls, and additional sound deadening. They also have new stereo head units, though the SE’s is a bit snazzier with a 6.1-inch touch screen with a rearview camera and HD Radio.

Best Buy: Opt for the SE Touring Pack for 3-D navigation.

Sum Up: Mitsubishi’s best-seller gets better.


2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Base Engine 2.0L/148-hp/145-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24/29-31 mpg
0-60 mph 9.5-9.7 sec*
Tow/Payload Not rated/1100-1250 lb
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
*estimated

2014 Nissan Armada

Base Price: $38,235-$50,605

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Armada sails into 2014 with no changes, and major updates are unlikely until the next generation arrives, possibly in 2015 after the arrival of its platform-mate, the Titan full-size pickup. Despite being in a segment full of unibody SUVs, Nissan appears committed to the size and towing advantages offered by a truck chassis.

Look For: Two-tone brown and tan leather seats on the Platinum Reserve model.

Sum Up: Competent dinosaur must evolve or go extinct.


2014 Nissan Armada
Base Engine 5.6L/317-hp/385-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/18-19 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8 sec
Tow/Payload 6500-9000/1050-1300 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 Nissan Juke

Base Price: $19,800-$25,110

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The big news is the addition of the Juke Nismo edition, which features nearly 100 revised parts, including a Nismo-tuned engine good for 9 extra hp, upgraded suspension, and functional aero with 37 percent greater downforce. Lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a Nismo interior round out this special edition. Two new exterior colors, Red Alert and Bordeaux Black, are available across the range.

Look For: Even more powerful Juke Nismo RS coming later in 2014.

Sum Up: Nissan’s cutest ’ute grows chest hair.


2014 Nissan Juke
Base Engine 1.6L/188-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/197-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-27/30-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload Not rated/950-1000 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Murano/CrossCabriolet

Base Price: $29,300-$42,840

Body Type: Midsize/Convertible

UNCHANGED: The next-generation Murano is due out in 2015 and will be built at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi. Until then, the Murano faces a competitive midsize segment that includes the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Chevy Equinox with a lone interior upgrade: a graphite-colored interior option available with the bronze paint scheme. Its weird convertible cousin the CrossCabriolet also soldiers on unchanged.

Avoid: CrossCabriolet if you don’t like prying eyes.

Sum Up: Nissan claims CrossCabriolet is the world’s first all-wheel-drive convertible crossover.


2014 Nissan Murano/CrossCabriolet
Base Engine 3.5L/260-265-hp/240-248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/22-24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.2-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1150-1350 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Base Price: $29,545-$44,000*

Body Type: Full-size

MINOR: Strong Pathfinder sales emboldened the release of a new hybrid model that pairs a supercharged 2.5L gas engine with a 15-kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery beneath the third row. SV and SL grades are front-drive only; top step Platinum is FWD or AWD. SL tech package bundles premium audio and a sophisticated suite of features (Bluetooth, Zagat guide, XM) to the nav system.

Look For: The hybrid to establish a place next to the Highlander Hybrid on shopping lists.

Sum Up: Surprising good crossover only gets stronger.


2014 Nissan Pathfinder
Base Engine 3.5L/260-hp/240-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.5L s'chgd I-4 + elec, 250 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-25/25-28 mpg
0-60 mph 7.4-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1436-1487 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Rogue

Base Price: $23,350-$28,930

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: Sources indicate that the next-generation Rogue will be a more global design, albeit with U.S.-specific powertrains that emphasize efficiency over oomph. Expect sharp styling, high-tech features, and clever packaging to make this cute-ute even more attractive, especially against rivals CR-V, RAV4, and Escape.

Cool Fact: Word on the street is Rogue and X-Trail platforms merge in the next generation.

Sum Up: Will global design be enough to give Rogue the edge on the competition?


2014 Nissan Rogue
Base Engine 2.5L/170-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-26/32-33 mpg
0-60 mph 7.9-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-1500/1000-1100 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Nissan Xterra

Base Price: $23,970-$30,900

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Entry-level X grade Xterras receive push-type HVAC controls and an updated audio system. Both X and S grades get Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and a sunglasses holder. Xterra S and topline Pro-4X receive new 16-inch alloy wheel designs, but only the latter has heated cloth seats as standard and optional leather. Available nav system now has smartphone integration and voice recognition.

Best Buy: Xterra S 4x4 is the value play here.

Sum Up: Nissan’s more traditional but no less capable answer to Toyota’s FJ Cruiser.


2014 Nissan Xterra
Base Engine 4.0L/261-hp/281-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-16/20-22 mpg
0-60 mph 7.2-7.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/950-1050 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
*estimated

2014 Porsche Cayenne

Base Price: $50,575-$146,975

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

MINOR: Save for the inclusion of a 550-hp Turbo S, little new comes to the Cayenne line, which was recently refreshed. The newest S adds more athleticism to the already cunning seven-model range, with retuned air suspension, dynamics control system, torque vectoring, and a low 4-second 0-60-mph sprint. Pick any version to get a long list of standard features including Bluetooth connectivity, 7-inch touch screen, and a power tailgate. Read about the 2014 Cayenne Platinum Edition HERE.

Look For: The torquey diesel to get 29 mpg, easy.

Sum Up: The go-anywhere 911.


2014 Porsche Cayenne
Base Engine 3.6L/300-hp/295-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 3.0L s’chg’d V-6 + elec, 380 hp; 4.8L/400-420-hp/369-380-lb-ft V-8; 4.8L/500-550-hp/516-553-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6M/8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-20/20-29 mpg
0-60 mph 4.3-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload 5950-7700/1450-1700 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
*estimated


2015 Porsche Macan

Base Price: $50,895-$73,295

Body Type: Luxury Compact

ALL-NEW: Based on VAG’s/Audi’s Q5 platform, the Macan is small, stylish, and, of course, very luxurious. Positioned below its well-known big brother Cayenne, the Macan promises to be equally athletic, featuring all-wheel drive. With the Cayenne the best-selling Porsche so far in 2013, expect the Macan to help Porsche reach another record sales year in calendar-year 2014. At first, the Macan will launch in S and Turbo trims.

Look For: A less expensive model to debut, under the S.

Sum Up: The Cayenne for urbanites.


2015 Porsche Macan
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/339-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 3.6L/400-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD*, 6M/8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-20/26-28 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.4-5.2 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7*; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
*estimated


2014 Subaru Forester

Base Price: $22,820-$28,820

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: In its fourth generation, the crossover/SUV hasn’t grown substantially on the outside, but has more usable space inside. A 6M is available only on the base model, but the new CVT works well and even offers a manual mode. Body strengthening and insulation work create a smooth, quiet ride on the highway. Decent fuel economy, real off-road ability, and trim levels to suit a large range of buyers make this the best Forester yet.

Driver’s Choice: Forester 2.0XT with 250 turbocharged horses.

Sum Up: Take the family on a weekend rally.


2014 Subaru Forester
Base Engine 2.5L/170-hp/174-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/250-hp/258-lb-ft turbo flat-4
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6M/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-24/28-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.2-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 1500/900 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Subaru Outback

Base Price: $24,320-$32,920

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: The Outback Premium gets the All-Weather Package (including heated front seats, side mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icers) as standard equipment. The Premium also adds the display audio system with a 4.3-inch display and six speakers. The Outback 3.6R Premium has been discontinued, though the hot Outback lives on as the higher-trim 3.6R Limited.

Cool Fact: Optional EyeSight tech will auto-magically brake the car if a collision is imminent.

Sum Up: Outback remains up front in its class.


2014 Subaru Outback
Base Engine 2.5L/173-hp/174-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/256-hp/247-lb-ft flat-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6M/CVT/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-24/25-30 mpg
0-60 mph 7.1-9.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/850-1000 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 58%
*estimated


2014 Subaru Tribeca

Base Price: $34,920

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: We predicted in last year’s guide the Tribeca would be in its final year. If we keep saying that, we’ll eventually be right. For 2014, the moonroof becomes standard on all Tribecas. A new harman/kardon audio system is now available on Limited trim-level cars equipped with the rear-seat entertainment system. The Tribeca comes with a standard third-row seat.

Best Buy: There’s only one trim level, so if not this Tribeca, an Outback.

Sum Up: When nothing but a three-row Subaru will do.


2014 Subaru Tribeca
Base Engine 3.6L/256-hp/247-lb-ft flat-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/21 mpg
0-60 mph 7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1150 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
*estimated


2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Base Price: $22,820-$30,120

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The Crosstrek was new for 2013, so the big news for 2014 is the addition of Subaru’s first hybrid powertrain. The electric motor adds 13 hp and a more impressive 48 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, it will return an extra 3 mpg around town, while a stiffer suspension and a quicker steering ratio make for a hybrid that's sportier than the standard version. Hybrid models will be well-equipped, so expect a high price of entry.

Driver’s Choice: The 2.0i Premium with a manual transmission.

Sum Up: A turbo away from greatness.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Base Engine 2.0L/148-hp/145-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine 2.0L flat-4 + elec, 160 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 5M/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-29/30-33 mpg
0-60 mph 8.6-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500/1250 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 56%
*estimated

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

Volkswagen CrossBlue

Base Price: $29,500-$40,000*

Body Type: Full-size

ALL-NEW: Considering the hole between the compact Tiguan and premium Touareg, a production version of the CrossBlue concept (shown) is inevitable. With three rows of seating and built to compete with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, the midsize SUV will be manufactured in North America specifically for the U.S. market.

Cool Fact: The concept boasted a hybrid diesel powertrain with 35 mpg and 516 lb-ft.

Sum Up: A new entrant in a crowded field.


Volkswagen CrossBlue
Base Engine 3.6L/280-hp/265-lb-ft V-6*
Opt Engine3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 3.0L supercharged V-6 + elec, 333 hp*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 8A*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/23-29 mpg*
0-60 mph 7.0-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
*estimated


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Base Price: $23,860-$27,840

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: Following an update in 2013, the Tiguan now offers an R-Line package with sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, spoiler, HID headlights, and side skirts. Inside are a flat-bottom steering wheel, black headliner, stainless steel pedals, and R-Line logos on the kickplates. SE models gain heated, leatherette seats and iPod integration, while an appearance package adds hands-free keyless entry and a rearview camera.

Avoid: Piling on options, unless you want a $38,000 compact SUV.

Sum Up: Strong powertrain offset by lackluster interior and driving dynamics.


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
Base Engine 2.0L/200-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-21/26 mpg
0-60 mph 7.5-8.2 sec
Tow/Payload 2200/1300-1350 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 Volkswagen Touareg

Base Price: $44,905-$65,080

Body Type: Midsize

MINOR: An R-Line package adds a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and revised exterior trim. Brushed aluminum trim makes its way to the interior, as do stainless-steel pedals, black headliner, and more R-line badges. Sport models with navigation and Lux gain hands-free keyless entry, while a motion-activated trunk opening system is standard on Lux and Executive models. There's also a new Touareg X model.

Best Buy: TDI has more torque, better fuel economy, and costs less than the hybrid.

Sum Up: VW’s biggest SUV is too often overlooked.


2014 Volkswagen Touareg
Base Engine 3.6L/280-hp/265-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 3.0L supercharged V-6 + elec, 333 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/23-29 mpg
0-60 mph 5.8-7.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 7700/1300-2250 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 Volvo XC60

Base Price: $35,765-$46,715

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

MAJOR: The hood, fenders, grille, headlights, spoiler, LED running lights, skidplates, and exhaust pipes are new. Inside are a revised instrument cluster, dash top, and steering wheel. An optional technology package adds Cyclist Detection (important in Europe) to the existing Pedestrian Detection technology. Last, 20-inch wheels are available on higher trim levels.

Cool Fact: The XC60 is one of the only SUVs to perform well on the IIHS’ small overlap crash test

Sum Up: One of the best-looking SUVs gets better for 2014.


2014 Volvo XC60
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236-lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-325-hp/325-354-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/24-26 mpg
0-60 mph 5.7-8.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3300/1200-1400 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
*estimated


2014 Volvo XC70

Base Price: $35,415-$41,865

Body Type: Luxury Midsize

MAJOR: The already attractive up-armored wagon looks even more handsome for the 2014 model year. The grille and lower intake are new, along with reworked front and rear bumpers. The front also gains new daytime running lights, while inside the XC70 gets a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster display. The T6 transmission is revised with quicker shifts, just like the S60 T6.

Driver’s Choice: The T6 engine with revised transmission is the quick way to go.

Sum Up: The XC70 has been on the market since 2007, which is a lot of dog years.


2014 Volvo XC70
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236-lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-hp/325-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/24-26 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 3300/1050-1300 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
*estimated


2014 Volvo XC90

Base Price: $40,615-$45,615

Body Type: Luxury Full-size

UNCHANGED: Very little is new this year as luxury SUV fans wait for the new XC90 to bow by the end of 2014. Until then, Volvo is limping its biggest product along with changes such as a new Executive C-pillar emblem and floormats. Should you opt for the 3.2 R-Design package, you get built-in grocery bag holders.

Cool Fact: Despite its age, 3372 XC90s were sold in the first half of 2013, proving that the market for three-row luxury crossovers is alive and well.

Sum Up: Next-gen XC90 promises groundbreaking safety features.


2014 Volvo XC90
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236 lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-23/25 mpg
0-60 mph 8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3970/1300-1400 lb
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated