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