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Looks like Lincoln is in no mood to take the competition lightly in 2015 and to keep its stake high in the 2015 full size luxury SUVs market, they have come up with their completely restyled and upgraded 2015 Lincoln Navigator to reassert its position in the blooming full size SUV market. The inclusion of new grille with split wings is the most obvious change you will notice at first look. Apart from that, there are large HID adaptive headlamps which prevent wings from folding around the tall front end. But the most highlighted improvement in its styling is the inclusion distinct chrome gates which look quite epic on the face if this large SUV.
The rear end seems to be more subtle and has not gone through major evolution matching steps with classic Navigation line including their signature full panel LED taillight spanning beautifully over the power liftgate. Wheels are standard 20 inches but you can opt for 22 inch as well for added pressure. The proportions of current 2015 Lincoln Navigator are same as before with 8 passenger seating, 103.3 cubic feet cargo space which exceeds to 128.2 cubes for the lengthier models.
For 2015 Lincoln Navigator has made bigger changes under the hood of their Navigator, wherein the first and the foremost change is replacement of V8 engine with twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine which can generate upto 370 horsepower. The downsize engine has the ability to generate more power in comparison to the previous one and also ensures improved fuel economy along with 430 pound feet of torque, which makes Navigator a tough competition for hauler of this class. Whether it is luxury of performance, navigator is powerful enough to challenge the haulers. The new engine is complemented by automatic six speed transmission, which is capable of routing power to the rear wheels and to all wheels in all wheel drive models.
Many of the reviewers believe that 2015 Lincoln Navigator has its foundation of a truck, but the plush ride offered by it is its hallmark. The optional adaptive suspension feature reacts to roads conditions in millisecond to provide cushioned comfort to the passengers on bumpy roads. Lincoln has carried over its Sedans center stack design to the Navigator as well, but to make it improved has added real knobs and buttons to it. Multimedia experience is anchored by MyLincoln Touch System, which also over touchscreen control over hands free phone, climate functions, audio and navigation. Although its’ an acquired taste for Lincoln lovers but has been improved a lot with software update, additionally the rear view camera is standard whereas the blind spot detection feature is optional.
The inclusion of new styling and new technology will surely make impact on its price as well which will surely be somewhere around $60,000 because the current model is prized $57,000 at the base level. Even at this price, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator makes a compelling choice if compared to other full sized crossovers. Cadillac Escalade or the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class have also been redesigned to meet the market needs and make an alternative of 2015 Lincoln Navigator.
For quite some time it has been observed that most of the car makers have started transforming their truck based SUVs into gentler and kinder crossovers. To go by the flourishing trend, Nissan has come forward with its 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which has also emerged as the latest example of the ongoing trend and for almost every reason, the emergence seems to be for nothing less than good. Although, the newly introduced 7 passenger SUV has lost its towing and off road capabilities which were the main attractions of its predecessor, but just like any other transition mode this large crossover from Nissan has also gone under some tremendous changes that will make it high on utility. The all new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has been redesigned completely and is ready to impress the buyers with its spacious and refurbished interior with main highlight of adult sized seating for both second and row passengers. Superior ride and excellent handling qualities will surely make 2014 Nissan Pathfinder an ideal option for carpool or tough shopping trips.
3.5 liter V6 engine is the main source of power in pathfinder along with its continuously variable transmission that provides the option to drive on front wheel or on the all wheel mode in the all wheel drive models. With the availability of CVT the pathfinder manages to achieve fuel economy of 22 mpg for the front wheel drive models and 21 mpg for all wheel drive models. These numbers might not be very attractive for some but if compared to several other seven seat pathfinders Pathfinder stands among the most efficient ones.
If you are unaffected by the mpg number of Pathfinder, then company has also introduced the Hybrid version of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder which is fitted with a supercharged 2.5 liter four cylinder engine powered by 15 kilowatt electric motor. If you take a look under the hood of the hybrid version you will find the neatly packed lithium ion battery under the third row seat, which has also lead to significant fuel economy improvements without making any compromise in cargo and passenger space. Because there are very less number of 7 passenger hybrids in the market, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder can be your potential preferred choice over the slightly more fuel efficient 2104 Toyota Highlander’s Hybrid version, which is also the only option falling under this price band.
If you are still not settled with the positives of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, then there are some mid to large size three row crossovers to consider. We would recommend you to consider 2014 GMC Acadia if roomy and spacious cabin is your top priority, while on the other hand 2014 Mazda CX-9 also has roomier cabin than 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, CX-9 also excels in ride and handling dynamics which are quite impressive for such a large sized crossover. The Dodge Durango and 2014 Ford Flex can also be your picks if you are looking for engine and performance based SUV, but in none of these alternatives you will find Pathfinders’ great strength, exceptional interior and great fuel economy.
These days using the term compact crossover seems like a misnomer to many, but with the arrival of improved 2014 Hyundai Tucson, it seems that the trend for compact SUVs is surely going to make a comeback. Measuring about 173.2 inches from its starting point nose tail, the new Tucson is somewhere around 7 inches shorter than Toyota’s RAV4, while on the other hand, Hyundai has kept Tucson 14 inches shorter than the Equinox by Chevy. Tucson trails its competitors in terms of passenger and cargo space has come as no surprise to us but when you look at its great maneuverability, you will find that the space issues have been compensated beautifully making 2014 Hyundai Tucson a complete fun to drive vehicle. For those looking forward for a hatchback on tip toes, Tucson surely fits the bill beautifully.
This year, Hyundai has introduced some notable changes in its Tucson’s credentials to make it more enhanced and appealing, some of the primary changes include tweaked styling along with revamped model lineup as they bid adieu to the sparsely equipped GL trim level from last year and making the former midgrade GLS the base trim level for Tucson, which means that the even the basic and the cheapest Tucson will come equipped with all the standard features that make it worthwhile. the well stocked SE trim level is also something to look forward as it has been designed in a way to bridge the gap between GLS and limited. Hyundai has also shown significant improvements in Tucson’s infotainment department with an update of new touchscreens, the SE and limited trim levels comes with standard 4.3 inch unit, whereas customers spending on Limited trim level can opt for a 7 inch setup which is available with optional navigation system. To make 2014 Hyundai Tucson more competitive, the company has reworked on its engine technology and has introduced new direct fuel injection technology, however the additions fail to make any significant changes in its fuel economy and output as it remains same.
Like any other crossover, 2014 Hyundai Tucson also has its share of flaws even if you keep its size concerns at the backburner. The rear seat doesn’t comes with sliding option but has an improved reclining feature. The base level 2.0 liter engine lacks punch and even its sporty handling comes at a hefty price, but the ride quality remains on the firmer side. 2014 Mazda CX-5 can be versatile and dynamic alternative for 2014 Hyundai Tucson as it comes with 2.5 liter engine, whereas the 2014 Ford Escape is strikingly similar to Tucson but offer more technologically advanced features.
If you are open for a smaller SUV then look for 2104 Mini Countryman or affordable and less chic Nissan Juke. Kia Sportage can also be feasible option as it is same as Tucson mechanically and comes with additional turbocharged power which is good for people who like sporty performance. However, 2014 Hyundai Tucson still remains a solid option especially with the improvements it has come up with in 2014.
If you are thinking that the era for big and bulky full sized SUVs is over, then you are wrong because there are still some SUVs like 2015 GMC Yukon that can fulfill the need of the drivers looking forward for a family hauler that can haul big toys as well whenever required. To make it a tough competition for buyers, the company has completely redesigned its 2015 GMC Yukon and has maintained its traditional body on frame architecture of an SUV, which is loosely based on the basic structure of another offering of the same company GMC Sierra. The Yukon also has the styling cues of Sierra, which primarily include a newly designed grille, sculpted sides, full width bumper, modern looking fenders and amazing aerodynamic look which makes it even more desirable.
To make things more interesting under the hood GMC has endowed its much awaited Yukon with an all new 5.3 liter V8 engine, which is further blessed with direct injection and cylinder deactivation technology which makes it more powerful and highly efficient. The new V8 engine has the ability to produce 355 horsepower along with 383 pound feet of torque with its six speed automatic transmission, which additionally comes equipped with automatic grade braking function and tow/haul mode. The Denali model of Yukon is available for GMC lovers with a new 6.2 liter V8 engine capable of providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Most of the reviewers have rated 2015 GMC Yukon highly for its excellent towing capacity, which goes up to 8,500 pounds.
To shed some weight from this bulky SUV, this time 2015 GMC Yukon has trimmed down its weight around 250 pounds by decreasing the use of aluminum and high strength steel. If you give a close look, you will find that the weight loss of Yukon is more modest than the one done in Sierra because here liftgate panels and aluminum hood have played a major role in cutting some flab from the structure. On the contrary, inclusion of power liftgate, active cruise control, center airbag between passenger and driver, forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and additional adaptive suspension which is available in Denali models only have compensated for most of the weight loss Yukon has gone through.
Some of the major highlights of 2015 GMC Yukon are its upgraded upholstery material, which speaks volumes of class and luxury along with improved door panels and dash board, GMC’s IntelliLink smartphone integration with its 8 inch touch panel make Yukon’s interior a tough competitor for the like of Ford and Toyota who are known for their refined luxurious interiors. The introduction of third row seats which can be folded easily onto the floor is a complete value addition for GMC lovers. But this time, Yukon has compromised with its cargo space which has been reduced from 14 cubic feet to 94.7 cubes which will also be available only when you fold flat the second row seats.
The 2015 GMC Yukon is expected to hit the market by next summer with the speculated base price of $42,000 approx. Just wait and watch.
Aside from the new found name, there is nothing new to boast about the 2014 Infiniti QX80 and the only worthy addition that company has made to its most selling SUV for 2014 is back up collision intervention which is also more of technology based rather than styling based. For the competitive market of 2014 SUVs, Infiniti has failed to meet the expectations and has kept its entire line up pretty much the same. In such a scenario, we completely excuse you for not knowing what exactly the 2014 Infiniti QX80 has in store for you to get excited about. The only major replacement for 2105 is the replacement of name which was previously called QX56. Despite going under several name changes in recent years, you will still find 2014 Infiniti QX80 an appealing sports utility vehicle to look forward.
This year as well Infiniti is scoring high with its 400 horsepower V8 engine, which makes this deluxe SUV an admirable option and with its impeccable towing capacity of 8,500 pounds the 2014 Infiniti QX80 becomes even more desirable. Besides that, there are classy interiors to applaud and humble seating capability which can be summarized in either eight seats or seven seat vehicle depending on how you are utilizing the space. Rich looking luxury interiors and use of cutting edge technology have always been a plus point for Infiniti and remains the same for 2014 Infiniti QX80 as well. As always, there is no lacking for Infiniti in safety department as well and has a full gamut of active as well as passive safety systems, with the new inclusion of collision mitigation system which is completely optional for various trim levels. This big SUV from Infiniti for 2014 lives up to the company’s heritage and offers reasonable athletic moves which make its handling smooth.
While these are the most praiseworthy and undeniable features of Infiniti that come with the package, some you might find it difficult to overcome the shortcomings 2014 Infiniti QX80 is accompanied with. The fuel economy of 5.6 liter V8 engine is lack luster if compared to others in the class and unlike its rivals, Infiniti fails to offer more competitive and efficient engine options. Even if you go for bigger 22 inch wheels, you will find that the ride has become stiffer and too harsh to handle. Moreover, the third row seats are meant only for adult kids and are not comfortable enough for adults to settle down.
Because of the lack of anything new if compared to rivals, we would suggest you take a look at other better available options, wherein Mercedes Benz GL class tops the list, although it will be a little harsh on your pocket, but it will definitely come with luxurious ambience and excellent fuel economy. Quick acceleration and spacious third row seats also make Mercedes Benz GL class a better alternative to 2014 Infiniti QX80. Other viable options include 2014 Lexus LX 570 and 2014 Cadillac Escalade because both are known for their excellent off road ability.
In today’s world there will hardly be anyone who will deny the captivating appeal of crossover SUVs as they have become the most preferred mode of luxury transport for those who love to spend on vehicles. In such appeasing market of small crossovers, Toyota has come forward with its traditional style SUV 2014 Toyota Sequoia to challenge the mass appeal of crossover SUV as still there are handful of buyers who love to take a ride in old school SUVs which are a beautiful amalgamation of towing muscle and seating capacity for a big family. This truck based SUV from Toyota has been given thumbs up by some of the critics for its refinement and powerful packaging which surely make it a worth purchase of this kind.
To keep things simple and unchanged, Toyota has used the platform of its Toyota Tundra to build the modified version of Sequoia for 2014. The new 8 passenger 2014 Toyota Sequoia comes with the powerful 318 horsepower 5.7 liter V8 engine, which is uncommonly smooth for a crossover of this kind and delivers robust acceleration when driving on busy streets during weekdays. It also has the power to tow trailers up to 7.400 pounds during the weekends if looking for a tough and long weekend getaway. With decent handling performance, Sequoia offers comfortable ride to make it worthwhile. Inside the Sequoia you will find comfortable and spacious cabin and to make things more interesting for passengers, Toyota has made the seating flexible and has enough room to accommodate 8 passengers comfortably. Even the base model of 2014 Toyota Sequoia comes well equipped with all the standard features that a Toyota comes with, whereas the higher trim levels of Sequoia offer a host of standard features which are at par if compared with a upscale luxury sedan.
If you are among those SUV lovers who have almost no liking for the towing capabilities of 2014 Toyota Sequoia, then lighter duty three row crossover SUVs are the ideal option for you. Such SUVs are easier to live within day to day life and also offer excellent fuel economy as compared to the likes of Toyota Sequoia.
When it comes to the alternative for 2014 Toyota Sequoia the list is quite impressive as the SUV market is flourished with midsize as well as traditional SUVs that are far better than Toyota’s version. The closest competitor for 2014 Toyota Sequoia is 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, which is roomier than latter and the second one is Dodge Durango, which has more towing capacity even with its small size. In traditional full size SUV segment the nearest competition for Sequoia comes from Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition as they all come with their own distinct appeals, but lack the features package that comes handy with Sequoia. Even though 2014 Toyota Sequoia is not meant for every SUV lover, but we still recommend it to those who give importance to a vehicle that can provide comfortable seats to small crowd, tow big trails and most importantly do both the things at the same time.
Searching for an SUV which is refined and rugged at the same time, then the all new 2014 Lexus GX 460 can very well fit your bill, because this beautiful car is blessed with just about every single thing which one can expect from a luxury car brand like Lexus. Luxury equipment playbook backed with proved off-road hardware, the new 2014 Lexus GX 460 provides smooth and quiet ride while travelling up towards the mountains. But, you might get in dilemma over the 2014 Lexus GX 460’s utility because of its off road capabilities and may not choose it over other midsize luxury SUVs offering seven passenger seat option at the same price band. So let’s take a look at its tech specs and see what actually carries under the luxury hood is.
Sophistically speaking, the new 2014 Lexus GX 460 comes with a seven passenger interior and plethora of desirable features which are also standard in almost every Lexus you see in the market and are beautifully complimented by some advanced technology solutions which make GX 460 even more desirable. The beefy body on frame construction of GX 460 is top notch followed by four wheel drive and crawl control system which comes as an optional feature. When used together these features make GX work remarkably in short and rough trails, but hard core off roaders should also make not of the fact that this Lexus has less ground clearance if compared to Toyota 4 Runner and can also not go as far as beating it in the path results. Moreover, the GX’s 301 horsepower V8 engine of 2014 Lexus GX 460 provides enough power to accelerate in traffic and has the ability to tow load up to 6,500 pounds effortlessly. The adaptive air suspension feature allows GX 460 to balance comfortable ride and secure handling smoothly.
For 2014, Lexus has introduced new exterior styling, LED headlights in front and rear along with LED foglights, introduction of 8 inch touchscreen interface, NuLuxe leatherette upholstery and trailer sway control have now become standard features. The advanced safety features section primarily includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning system which can be availed as optional features. The company has kept the price tag of their base model a bit low so that they can make some real money with their top line luxury trim levels, which will also hit the market soon.
Undoubtedly, in the market there are only a handful of luxurious SUVs that can offer dual use capability which comes handy with 2014 Lexus GX 460. The most obvious and nearest competition for this new Lexus is 2014 Land River LR4, which stands equally strong in terms of luxury and capability. The LR4 also comes with the advantage of having ample interior space which might look a drawback in GX 460, but LR4 still has to go long way to compete with Lexus’s reliability reputation. Other considerable options include 2014 Acura MDX, 2014 BMW X5 and 2014 Infiniti QX60, which are good in performance, handling, fuel economy and space but lack the luxury of a Lexus.
Well in this time of tough competition when all the major SUV brands are coming up with the redesigned or refurbished versions of their previous successful SUV’s, Infiniti has kept its 2014 QX60 exactly the same as its last years JX35, which was actually a new addition in their lineup of SUVs. The new 2014 Infiniti QX60 and last year’s JX are more or less similar with minor shuffles in features and a newly introduced hybrid version. Besides the name change of this three row crossover from Infiniti the new model has come up with nomenclature of QX which Infiniti has kept to denote its range of SUVs wherein the number denotes models standing the Infiniti’s lineup of SUVS.
Just like the last year JX, this time QX60 is related to the Nissan’s Pathfinder because their mechanicals are identical and there is only major difference in their styling, availability of add on features and interiors. The 2014 Infiniti QX60 boasts off more luxurious appeal from inside as well as outside apart from being an ideal vehicle for families in search of as perfect family hauler. Inside its spacious cabin, the QX60 has the potential to provide comfortable seating option to adults in all of its three rows and can seat 7 passengers comfortably. The second row seats can recline and slide nearly six inches back and fro which in turn offers ample legroom to the passengers while making access to the third row seats a breeze simultaneously. The material used for building 2014 Infiniti QX60 SUV’s cabin is luxurious and comes with abundance of safety features inside the cabin. System has some advanced features to handle blind spot collisions and backing up incidents which make it a high on safety vehicle.
To make some changes in this year’s Infiniti QX60, the company has introduced a new V6 powered engine and has come up with the optional hybrid version to look upon. The hybrid version of QX60 comes with 2.5 liter four cylinder engine and an electric motor with a lithium ion battery pack which promises to offer power of a V6 engine with four cylinder efficiency. With its given output figure of 250 horsepower and combined EPA fuel economy of 26 mpg, it looks like the hybrid version is powerful enough to achieve the claimed objectives successfully.
By now, you must have understood that 2014 Infiniti QX60 makes a powerful family rig, but it still has some quibbles which make it standard under the cloud of doubts. The odd pairing of the standard V6 engine and consistent variable automatic transmission are not capable enough to provide refinement and accelerative grunt, which is usually expected from the vehicle of this class. Same ways, the new QX60 lacks the athletic handling which is otherwise comes as a staple with Infiniti SUVs, instead it seems to be on a plusher side.
More or less, your likeness for 2014 Infiniti QX60 depends on your priorities and expectations from a crossover, if you are in search of luxury crossover which is also fun to drive then you have better options available like 2014 Acura MDX and 2013 BMW X5. But for a family hauling crossover that also speaks volumes of style and technology then surely 2014 Infiniti QX60 is an ideal choice.
With the emergence of small SUV crossovers, many of you might be thinking that the era of hulking full size SUVs like Chevrolet Suburban is over. But you are completely wrong! To give tough competition to small and midsized SUVs, Chevrolet has reintroduced its 2015 Chevrolet Suburban that meets the needs of drivers who love to have roomier crossovers for big families along with the ability to tow large cargo items, which make it a premier SUV vehicle for 2015.
To meet the high standards of coming of the age generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban comes completely redesigned, but it’s still riding high on its traditional body on frame architecture which is loosely based around the structure of its Chevrolet Silverado. The Suburban is also very much like Silverado in terms of styling, which prominently includes new grille, sculpted sides, full width bumper and more modern and aerodynamic fenders.
Looking into the more important factors of Suburban, we found that this time Chevy has includes a new 5.3 liter V8 engine featuring its brand new injection and cylinder deactivation features which makes considerable improvements in its power and efficiency. The new V8 engine is capable of generating 355 Horsepower along with 383 pound feet of torque along with its automatic six speed transmission equipped with two haul modes and technically advanced grade braking function which is also automatic. For heavier workforce version, GM’s latest 6.2 liter V8 engine is a likely replacement for all its 6.0 liter engine options, however, Chevy hasn’t yet confirmed the availability of this engine for Suburban yet. The upmarket 6.2 liter engine of 2015 Chevrolet Suburban has the potential to generate 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and has the ability to tow up to 8,300 pounds of cargo.
To make Chevy 2015 Suburban lighter and slimmer, the company has shed almost 250 pounds of aluminum and stainless steel, which is quite visible in its aluminum hood, trim liftgate panels which have made it cut some flab, but some features have lead to the negotiation of all the weight loss Suburban has gone through. Standard airbag between driver and passenger, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, active cruise control, forward collision alert and adaptive suspension which is available on LTZ models are praiseworthy in 2015 Chevrolet Suburban.
To make it a nightmare for thieves, Chevy has introduced some smart safety features in 2015 Suburban, which primarily include sensors for windows and glass breakage, interior movement and vertical movement. Whenever a thieve will try to break into your Suburban, the sensors will be triggered and alarm will start buzzing, while shutting down all key systems simultaneously to amek it impossible for a thieve to start it. Improved upholstery quality, luxury dash board and control panels with 5 to 8 inch touchscreen display and Chevy’s flagship MyLink smartphone integration comes as a standard feature in 2015 Suburban. This time the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban comes with third row seats that can easily be folded on the floors. Previous generation Suburban requires removing the third seat to make additional cargo space. However the ample 16 cubic feet cargo is no more available and you have to settle down with 121.1 cubes of cargo to work with after folding the seats.
Market watchers are speculating that the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban might hit the market by next summer and will be priced somewhere around $45,000.
Since time memorial, automotive critics have always favored traditional wagons over SUVs because of their utility and performance, but the all new redesigned refurbished 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class with three rows have made us don the hat of devil’s advocate and make you have a look at all the positives of this new crossover from Mercedes. Mercedes continues to offer its standard E-Class wagon with rear facing third row seats, which are good only for kids to fit with their feet pointing in the wrong way. For cargo space, none of the wagons available in market can come closer to GL Class’s 93.8 cubic feet space, which in itself is quite a lot. The useful 7.8 inches ground clearance comes as a result of excellent air suspension and its availability increases with the touch of a button. So, with that much of information, if you have started thinking that the all new 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class is making more sense, then wait, there is a lot more to discover to reach any conclusion.
To begin with even the most difficult to impress critic will not be able to stop himself from admiring GL’s wide range of talents. To beat the standards of wagons in terms of third row seats comfort, GL comes with a real feel third row seat option with two adult sized seats that make the 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class a legitimate seven seat vehicle. Apart from wide cargo space, GL comes with impressive and well finished cabin which is fitted with a long list of standard Mercedes luxury and convenience features to boasts off. The diesel version of GL350 Bluetec has been rated a healthy 22mpg on daily drive and 26mpg on highway. The stout towing capacity of 7,500 pounds of 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class is quite impressive if equipped properly.
Fuel economy can never be a matter of concern for Mercedes users because it is one department where Mercedes overpowers one and all. But, most of the critics have made a notable point about Mercedes Benz GL Class’s handling and that is it might feel a bit heavy vehicle if you are not driving the GL63 AMG trim level, which is lighter than others. Otherwise it will feel bulk every time you take a turn around the corner. Surely, nimble moves have never been a priority for a vehicle of this class. Thus, such small glitches are quite avoidable.
For 2014, you will not find many notable alternatives to 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class range, still if you are looking for something else then you can have a look at the likes of 2014 Infiniti QX80 which comes with brash driving and V8 power engine which might seem old school, but is not at all old in terms of performance. On the other hand 2014 Lexus LX 570 comes with its own powerful V8 engine and some really impressive off road capabilities. But when it comes to tally scores at comparison table, you will find that GL is leading others in almost every category. Some you still might think that wagon is a better option, but for a full sized three row luxury SUV lover there can be nothing better than 2014 Mercedes Benz GL Class.