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This week we have a full sked of crossover testing. Three row crossovers from Japan, Korea and North America are all here, so lets run through the lineup:
2014 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT: It may be on the drab side in terms of styling, but the Chevy Traverse is easily the most spacious vehicle in the test. With a focus on family hauling capability and good value, the Traverse has a sporting chance against its seven rivals.
2014 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD: The only vehicle in the group with a V8 and eight-speed transmission, the Durango is an interesting player in this comparison. Sure it’s good looking, and backed by Ron Burgandy but fuel economy and price may hold it from nabbing the best crossover crown.
2014 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD: One of the best selling three-row crossovers on the market, the Ford Explorer enters 2014 with minimal updates. With its rugged looks and high-tech available features, the Explorer could sneak onto the podium.
2014 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD: Still sporting a five-speed automatic transmission, is the Honda Pilot outgunned in this test? The Pilot will likely make a name for itself as one of the more practical and family friendly vehicles in the group, but that might not be enough to get that number one spot.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD: Hyundai always offers a value packed vehicle and the Santa Fe is no different. With variable steering and other handy driving aids, this Hyundai offers a ton of content for a low price.
2014 Kia Sorento: Mildly refreshed this year, the Sorento, like the Santa Fe, offers a ton of content for a low price. Will it surprise our judges in terms of fuel usage and cargo space too?
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platnium Premium Hybrid: The only crossover in this group with a four-cylinder engine, this Hybrid model may win the fuel-economy portion of this huge test. However, that hybrid technology doesn’t come cheap and the Pathfinder is one the less powerful vehicles in this test.
2014 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD: One of the most affordable and humbly equipped model in the group, can the Toyota have what it takes to keep up with these other crossover. Sporting the same running gear as its last generation model, the Toyota has to deliver the goods when it comes to value.
2014 Cadillac SRX: – News Editor Stephen Elmer is also driving a luxurious crossover, though this one won’t be in the comparison. Here’s what he has to say about it:”Having driven both the ATS and CTS, I’ve seen what a modern Cadillac looks like, and I’m wondering how the Cadillac crossover stacks up to the rest of the lineup. Does it offer the same luxury as its counterparts, or does this Caddy need a refresh? ”