Sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming replaced by crossovers as the go-to family vehicle for American households. While crossovers tend to be more fuel efficient and cheaper, SUVs deliver incredible capability and excellent off-road capability. The difference between the two can be confusing so if you’re looking for a vehicle that is family friendly, affordable and fuel efficient, you may want to see our Crossover buyer’s guide.
The Toyota 4Runner sees an updated design, but little else. With its 4.0L V6 engine that makes 270 hp, the Toyota SUV is rated to tow 5,000 lbs. A vehicle with a focus on off-road capability, the 4Runner features a unique drive mode that regulates engine output and speed, so the driver can focus on the obstacles ahead. Pricing for the Toyota 4Runner starts at $31,490.
Land Rover has continued the diet trend amongst the brand's vehicles and introduced an all-new Range Rover Sport that is 800 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. It is now available with a choice of supercharged engines, a V8 or a new V6. Jeep has added a new engine option to the Grand Cherokee for 2014, a 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel.
Those looking for more luxury and less off-road capability will appreciate the Infiniti QX80, which is the new name for the Infiniti QX56. While the QX80 shares much of its mechanicals with the Nissan Armada, it features a bold exterior design with an excess of chrome accents. When properly equipped it is rated to tow 8,500 lbs and starts at $61,350.
The BMW X5 has been updated for 2014. Not only does the vehicle feature a new design, but it’s now available in rear-wheel drive, which should help the X5 appeal to a wider audience. Like its German competition, the X5 can be equipped with a diesel engine.
The days of a proper SUV seem to be dwindling. Other than a refresh and new engine option for the Lincoln Navigator, not much is on the horizon for this once dominant class of vehicle.
General Motors is bringing out a new generation of the companies full-size, body-on-frame trucks. The Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV are all new this year, featuring the General's new of EcoTec3 engines.