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.
After a one year hiatus in 2013, the Kia Sedona returns in 2014 with some subtle changes. The Sedona remains a compelling value among minivans, offering convenience, comfort, style and performance at a great price.
The Sedona is available in LX and EX trims. A 269-hp 3.5-liter V6 sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Standard features for the Sedona include seven passenger seating, side impact and side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, traction control system, active front head restraints, and electronic stability system.
The 2014 Sedona has had subtle changes made inside and out. The LX adds front fog lights as standard equipment and the EX adds heated front seats with leather seat trim throughout.
R&T Overview:Audi's solid sport compact sedan/wagon remains fundamentally unchanged for 2012. Small model tweaks include an upgraded S line exterior package, now standard on A4 Premium Plus and Prestige trims, that comes with 18-in. 10-spoke wheels, while a new optional Style Package helps to spruce up the base Premium model. The latest turbo 2.0-liter (not shared with the A3) is incredibly torquey (258 lb.-ft.) thanks to Audi's variable valve timing and lift, and remains the sole engine for the A4, while the versatile supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 powers the amazingly spry S4. Between the two, four different transmissions can be had; a CVT (base A4), 6-speed manual (A4, S4), 8-speed automatic (A4) and 7-speed dual-clutch (S4). Quattro comes standard on everything but the CVT.
Thanks to a thorough overall, the new Acura RDX goes from being a bit-player in the highly competitive luxury crossover segment, to a model that's truly worth consideration. The quirky (and thirsty) turbocharged inline-4 from the previous model is gone. In its place is a more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 273 bhp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Ironically, this larger and more potent engine is more fuel efficient than the previous 4-cylinder. Acura has refined the exterior of the RDX, giving it a fresh new look. The pointed snout of the previous model — Acura's controversial "plenum grille" — has been significantly toned down. Available in front or all-wheel-drive format, the RDX offers a handy 26.9 cu ft. of cargo room with the rear seat up. Folded flat, the available space swells to more than 76 cu. ft. While the previous model was ultimately a little more nimble, the latest RDX is altogether a much more refined and attractive crossover.
The Town & Country is almost pretentious, given its close ties to the popular Dodge Grand Caravan. Sure, its upscale trimmings, elegant exterior and standard equipment, such as leather seating and rear-seat DVD player, set the Town & Country apart from its Dodge counterpart, but its not-so-velvet drivetrain (no knock on the 3.6-liter V-6) and soft handling when compared to some minivans in its class give astute buyers pause. What does set this year's model apart is its available industry-exclusive Blu-ray DVD player with HDMI input. Folks needing to haul big toys will like the standard trailer sway damping and power folding mirrors on the Limited (optional on Touring L). The ParkView rear backup camera is standard on all three models.