Toyota's curvaceous crossover now comes in a choice of three trim levels. The LE replaces the former base model while gaining standard heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. Moving up to the midrange XLE adds leather trim, Smart Key with push-button start, a backup camera and power tailgate. Carryover 2.7-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engines team with front- or all-wheel drive. The flagship Limited V-6 has standard navigation, panoramic sunroof, JBL Synthesis sound with satellite radio, USB/iPod port and Bluetooth streaming audio. Option packages enable these features to be added to the XLE. Designed at Toyota's Calty Southern California studios, the Venza continues to deliver a smooth, carlike ride with SUV-style cargo capacity.
The FJ Cruiser has fun written all over it. Retro styling evokes Toyota's legendary FJ40 from the halcyon days of the 1960s. This thoroughly modern edition is built atop a shortened 4Runner frame employing a 4.0-liter V-6 and 5-speed automatic transmission with 4x2 or part-time 4x4. Selecting the 6-speed manual gearbox nets full-time awd with a locking center differential. The FJ's clamshell side doors aid rear seat access. A Trail Teams Special Edition, now offered in Radiant Red, features Bilstein shocks, Active Traction Control, 10-speaker JBL sound, floating ball multi-information display and unique cabin trim. Convenience, Upgrade, Off-Road and TRD packages along with individual options enable buyers to build the FJ of their dreams.
The GMC Yukon XL 1500 has a fresh and comfortable interior. Building on a recent redesign, it carries over for 2014 with a sleek body mounted on a strong, stiff frame with power steering, disc brakes, and a touring suspension.
Available in 2WD or 4WD or AWD and in three trims the Yukon XL 1500 seats up to nine passengers and is rated to tow up to 8100 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on the 4x2 model. The SLE and SLT trims both come with a standard 320-hp V8 5.3-liter engine which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to a an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The 2WD or AWD Denali trims come with a standard 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic rear proportioning, StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar.
For 2014, the GMC Yukon XL has some exterior paint changes and the optional Convenience package is now standard equipment on the SLE trim.
The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a longer version of the Escalade. The ESV is a large, luxurious SUV that delivers performance and style. Classy and powerful, it looks great for a night on the town or can haul everything needed for a weekend getaway.
The ESV features a long wheelbase and an increase in total length, greatly enhancing third-row seat legroom and rear cargo space. Available as a 4x2 or 4x4, the Escalade ESV is powered by a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Getting into the third row is easier with the ESV; its longer rear door provides a larger opening. Standard equipment includes a power liftgate, stability control, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, a rear-view camera and side curtain airbags. Some options are Magnetic Ride Control and 22-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Edition takes style and innovation to a whole new level with standard equipment such as LED headlights, power running boards, and a rear seat entertainment system with two monitors.
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV carries over from 2013, with some changes to the exterior color availability.
Leave it to Porsche to put the “sport” into Sport-Utility Vehicle. With the handling and performance you’d expect from one of its sports cars, the Cayenne is more than a gussied-up truck. And it’s brimming with technological features, as you’d expect in a Porsche: dynamic chassis control, self-leveling air suspension and torque vectoring. Although the 300-bhp base model admits you to the club, most buyers prefer the Cayenne S, a nice balance between frugality and fun. The Hybrid with 8-speed automatic speaks to the ecologically conscious, but if your conscience is clear and your wallet is fat, then the 500-bhp 172-mph Turbo, which is loaded with equipment that’s optional on other models, is for you.