GM’s Acadia hits the family sweet spot with 7- or 8-passenger seating, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout, and towing capacity of 5200 lb. The second-row Smart Slide system makes it easy to crawl in or out, and you don’t have to travel far down the option list to find a kid-friendly rear-seat entertainment system. Families who avoided the worst of the Great Recession’s carnage may want to examine the upscale Denali, which includes perforated leather seats with matching door trim, heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, a head-up display and Dual SkyScrape sunroof. GMC keeps things simple with a single powertrain configuration, a 288-bhp VVT V-6 with 6-speed automatic. For 2012, there are new colors and some formerly optional equipment is now standard.
The Yukon comes in three distinct flavors: a regular truck-based three-row SUV that's a Chevy Tahoe underneath the skin, complete with a 320-bhp 5.3- liter V-8; a 14-in.-longer version that's a Chevy Suburban underneath the skin; and an HD model with a stronger frame and a 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8. There are also Denali models that feature a 403-bhp 6.2-liter V-8, as well as heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, retracting running boards and leather upholstery. The Denalis have a special sound-insulating package to make them quieter inside. These are not sissy trucks, though, since capable off-road packages are available with locking rear differentials, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The Hybrid Yukon and Denali get an impressive 20 mpg in the city.
So you're in the market for a small SUV, but don’t want to sacrifice any capability.It literally has to do it all—something that gets carlike gas mileage and handling, but has a taller stance for some mild off-roading and the ability to roll over obstacles. Consider the Forester, as it combines wagon-like styling and interior appointments with a higher-than-average 8.9-in. ground clearance. Throw in Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive system, torquey flat-4 engine and the cargo hauling flexibility of a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat and tall greenhouse, and you’ve got a handy everyday vehicle. If more power is needed, upgrade to the 2.5XT Premium or Touring models; they have a 224-bhp turbocharged engine.
Taller, wider and longer the Toyota 4Runner is a sport utility vehicle that combines true off-road competence with everyday driving comfort, refinement and safety. Refreshed and updated inside and out for 2014 the mid-size 4Runner is a distinctive choice in the SUV market.
The SR5 and Limited trims are available in rear- or four-wheel drive. A Trail Edition with rear locking differential, crawl control, rock rails and moonroof is only available in four-wheel drive. Each trim has a five-speed automatic transmission and a 270-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine. An optional third-row seat expands passenger capacity to seven. Stability control, traction control, 12 airbags and roll-over sensors are standard. The 4Runner now includes Toyotas' Entune Audio Plus infotainment system and a rearview camera as standard equipment. Premium audio with navigation, SmartKey keyless entry with pushbutton start, front and rear sonar system, and a power moonroof are all available features.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan adds a fourth model to the diverse Accord range of models and powertrains so that there is something for everyone.
A two-motor hybrid system sends power to the front wheels. This system uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor/lithium-ion battery combo. The Accord Hybrid features unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, LaneWatch sideview camera, smart entry and push button start, Bluetooth streaming audio and handsfree phone as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Accord Hybrid returns to the Honda line-up for the first time since 2007.