Best Compact SUVs for 2014
In the compact range of SUVs for 2014, Subaru Forester hits high marks with fuel economy with 26 mpg overall and 35 mpg highway. It comes standard with a backup camera and a roomy interior. It is the only small SUV that received a “Good” score in all 5 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. Mazda-CX5 is another small SUV to consider. It is affordable with excellent fuel economy at 25 mpg overall and a bigger engine. It is a little expensive for this model and loud, but it makes up for it in handling. The Ford Escape also has some updates for 2014. Like most Ford vehicles, it comes with all the bells and whistles, but it has moved into a more sophisticated redesign. It has an agile and quiet ride. Ford’s new redesign handles well. The downside is the console panel is unnecessarily complex, the rear camera is not standard, and options tend to be expensive.
Best Mid-Sized SUVs for 2014
If you are looking for a mid-sized SUV range, consider a Toyota 4 Runner.
While there are few mechanical changes to the 2014 model, they have change the front end to reflect a hood scoop and larger grille with shorter and more horizontal headlights. The interior has changed by adding more power adjustments to the driver’s seat in the SR5 and exchanging the gauges with a more flat Optitron gauge panel with a multi-informational display. It has a sleeker more forceful look than previous models. Another great choice in the mid-size range is the BMW X5. A more expensive choice, the exterior design has changed only slightly with a square front and blocky look. It also has a wider front grille consistent with most new models in the industry. BMW has provided rear-wheel drive on all X5 opposed to all-wheel, thus adding to the famous handling that has been a characteristic of BMW SUVs. Options include a diesel engine with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. While not as powerful as its predecessor, BMW assures quick performance with 0-to-62 mph in 6.9 seconds. The new diesel engine produces less emissions and additional technology for fuel saving, which will reduce fuel consumption. The new automatic transmission has 8-speeds and is the only transmission available throughout the X5 series. With the BMW X5, you will find more aerodynamic efficiency, using technology such as Air Curtains and Aero Blades. The interior offers improvements to second and third row seating. They have split the second row into three sections to allow for more cargo space. The third row has more seating and easier access. This model starts at around $47,500. Finally, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has made some dramatic updates. The first significant change is putting in a ZF-engineered eight-speed automatic for all Grand Cherokees. Also, they offer the option of “Aero” an air suspension system that will automatically lower the vehicle ride height if you are traveling at higher speeds. An added option allows you to purchase Quadra-Drive II all-wheel-drive, which is available on the Limited Edition, as well as the Overland models. It comes standard on the Summit. Exterior changes are different with shallow headlamps and front grille. The rear has been redesigned and has a larger spoiler.
Best New SUVs Hybrid for 2014
If you are looking for a SUV hybrid, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Hybrid is a stylish addition. For fuel economy, the Pathfinder manages 25 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The non-hybrid Pathfinder comes in at 20 mpg city and 26 highway. A great feature of Pathfinder SUV Hybrid is cargo storage. Nissan managed to mount the lithium-ion battery pack under the third-row seat allowing the chairs to fold flat and maintain the same cargo capacity as the non-hybrid model. This model’s standard equipment is the same as their V-6 counterparts and includes eight-way power driver’s seat, Intelligent Key, pushbutton starting, rearview camera, and 7-inch central infotainment screen. While the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid does not conform to the conventional idea of hybrid models, it does get points for fuel economy. Choosing the Pathfinder Hybrid will cost the buyer an additional $3,000. This still makes it more affordable than its current competitor, Toyota Highlander, which starts at $40,000. Let’s take a look at the Toyota Highlander SUV Hybrid. While we mentioned it costs slightly more than the Pathfinder SUV Hybrid, for sheer beauty in design it should be considered. With its debut in New York, this hybrid comes across as a bigger more daring model than its predecessor. All Highlander hybrids come standard with a Continuously Variable Transmission and all wheel drive. They have improved on the aerodynamic design with the intention of aiding fuel economy. This is definitely a bigger vehicle for your money and offers seating for 8. While not as large as the Honda Pilot, the Highlander SUV Hybrid has plenty of room and comfortable seating. The third row seating has increased by 4.3 inches over the previous design. They also tweaked the second row seating to allow for easier access to the third row. The interior design offers premium cloth seats, chrome, metallic and simulated wood accents for a luxury feel. Noise control has been addressed in this model as well. Optional features include leather seats, second-row captain’s chairs, second row window shades and heated steering wheel. Specialty accessories can include ambient lighting in the cabin, sunroof, and Smart Key entry system with push-button starting.
If you are looking for an SUV, 2014 has plenty to offer in luxury, style and performance. There are many models, shapes and sizes to fit any budget, and 2014 SUV Hybrids have a selection to satisfy even the most discriminate taste.