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2014 Infiniti QX60 Debuts with Hybrid Version

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.

Overview of 2014 Buick Enclave Sports Utility Crossover

Buick has not gifted the market with a minivan or a true station wagon but it compensates for it by delivering its mainstay vehicle, the Buick Enclave. Offering something between the flexibility of a minivan and the long-roofed goodness of a real wagon, without the stigma of wither, Buick Enclave a perfect substitute for those good old family shuttles. The Enclave is part of a trio of GM crossovers and to most of the SUV lovers it is the most appealing of them all. The hints of coke-bottle curve on its sides, the waterfall grille give this full sized star a personality far enough from the rugged looking GMC Acadia or the insipid Chevrolet Traverse, while all three of them share the same innards. What haven’t changed much are the new grille and the LED lighting. On the inside the Buick Enclave seems to have undergone rejuvenation with the new soft-touch dash and a big touchscreen.

Nothing has changed under that sheet metal for the 2014 Buick Enclave. Still spinning on the same 288 horsepower as before from its standard 3.6 liter V6 engine and the same six speed automatic transmission, the beast reins with an option of channeling it to either the front wheels or to all four wheels. The indecisive transmission from the last year has been lost for the new Buick Enclave features much less hunting through upper gears and the powertrain never really struggles to tap cruising speed despite a heavy curb weight. The gas mileage is 24 mpg mat max.

On the inside, the Enclave brings its customers the IntelliLink as the big news. Bringing up the interior of the ruling monster to the leading edge in connectivity, with a relatively easy interface, well integrated Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming functionality and apps for Pandora and Switcher audio, the IntelliLink transforms the driving experience into a high tech and amazingly entertaining one. The standard equipment this year includes a rear view camera system, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio and voice recognition, while navigation is optional as is a ten speaker Bose sound upgrade.

While it shares the platform with the Chevy Traverse and the GMC Acadia, the Buick Enclave boasts fancier styling and richer interior furnishings than its cousins. This niche of the crossovers, however, doesn’t lack choice. The aforementioned Chevy and GMC relatives are still a good idea on the basis of styling and lower price tags. The Ford Flex offering its wagon like styling and a turbocharged V6 grunt is funkier at the same time and stands as tough completion to the 2014 Buick enclave. So does the Mazda CX-9 with its more athletic handling and equally spacious interiors.

If dropping down in size is not a big issue for you, higher-end rivals like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 boast even nicer interiors, advanced features, and in the case of Infiniti – a hybrid powertrain. The MDX, however, offers the best overall characteristics of any three-row SUV in this price range. But in front of all these worthy vehicles stands proud with the handsome styling, enormous cabin and competitive pricing, the 2014 Buick Enclave!

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