Introduced in 2013, the five-seat Subaru XV Crosstrek is a compact hatchback crossover that comes with standard all-wheel drive, a superb fuel economy, a functional and modern interior and strong off-road capabilities. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is based on the Impreza and it is dedicated to those looking for the utility and ruggedness of an SUV, but do not need the massiveness of a truck-based crossover. For 2014, the Subaru XV Crosstrek adds to its lineup a hybrid version that has the Subaru’s first gasoline-electric drivetrain offering in the U.S. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek competes with Jeep Compass, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is available in 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Touring trim levels. The 2.0i Premium comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, heated mirrors, roof rails, full power accesories, a windshield de-icer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, heated front seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB ports.
The Subaru XV 2.0i Limited adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch LCD display for the audio system. A sunroof and a navigation system are available as options for 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited.
The new Subaru XV Hybrid adds to 2.0i Limited (minus the leather upholstery) unique 17-inch wheels, quick-ratio electric power steering, chrome door handless, active grille shutters, keyless ignition, keyless entry, foldable sideview mirrors and an upgraded multifunction LCD display. The Hybrid Touring adds a navigation system, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration and HD radio.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited are powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed DOHC Boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission is a 5-speed manual while a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters is optional. The hybrid has the same engine that is combined with a permanent magnet AC Synchronous electric motor. This hybrid system produces 160 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. The CVT is the only available transmission for hybrid models.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek include stability control, traction control, ABS, front head restraints, driver knee airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
Experts from Aol Autos say about Subaru XV Crosstrek:
The new Subaru XV Crosstrek will suit buyers who prioritize fuel economy over performance, doing their small part to save the planet while exploring it. Everything about the Crosstrek seems logical and done for a reason. The price is very competitive, and it should be popular in snow belts where the added ride height and Tangerine orange paint will look like a snowplow without warning lights.
The refreshed 2014 Volkwagen Scirocco will make its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, in the same place where 40 years ago this hatchback coupe was first launched. After more than a million Sciroccos sold, Volkswagen has considered that it is time for a refresh.
The new 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco comes with a stylish shape that has been modernized and refined, with new taillights and headlights, as well as revised bumper styling. The revised front bumper features aerodynamic “blades” in the outer section, with integrated indicator lights, daytime running lights and fog lights. At the rear, all Sciroccos have LED tail lights, while the bumper has been reshaped to appear lower and more purposeful.
The new Volkswagen Scirocco comes with a choice of several different petrol and diesel engines. The 1.4 TSI petrol engine produces 123 hp, while a new 2.0-liter engine (which replaces the previous 2.0 TSI unit) produces 177 hp or 217 hp, depending on model. A 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine comes in two versions and generates 147 hp or 181 hp. All of these models get standard stop-start function in Europe.
The new 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco will be delivered starting in August, in Europe.
The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize SUV with seats for seven in three row, that has a premium interior design with high-quality materials, good fuel economy and ample passenger room in all three rows. The Pathfinder’s second- and third-row seats fold flat to expand cargo volume to 80 cubic feet. There’s 16 cubic feet behind the third row seat backs and small storage space beneath the floor. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder competes with Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander.
The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The new 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is selling as a distinct model. The Pathfinder S comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, tri-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split-folding second-row seats, a 50/50-split third-row seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a 6-speaker sound system with a 6-CD changer.
The Pathfinder SV adds keyless ignition/entry, a roof rack, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch color multi-information display and an upgraded audio system. The SL model adds a power liftgate, heated mirrors, foglights, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, heated front and rear seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The top-of-the-line Platinum model adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a towing package, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and a 360° parking camera. A Premium package is available for the Pathfinder SL and Platinum. For the SL this package adds a larger 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, an 120-volt power outlet, a tow package, a dual panoramic sunroof and a 13-speaker Bose sound system. For the Platinum, the Premium package add to the above features a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays.
The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is the only available transmission. The front-wheel drive is standard while the all-wheel drive is available as option.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder include front and front seat-mounted side airbags, curtain airbags for all three rows, ABS, traction control, rearview camera, parking sensors and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a newcomer in the premium compact class and features comfort, functionality, dynamism, style and elegance. The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is being launched with a choice of three powerful, light and fuel-efficient three- and four-cylinder engine.
BMW says that the new three-cylinder petrol unit stands out for its exceptional efficiency and great performance abilities. This engine has a displacement of 1.5 liters and generates 136 hp. This engine will be mounted on the BMW 218i Active Tourer. The 225i Active Tourer comes with a 4-cylinder/ 231 hp engine, while the BMW 218d Active Tourer comes with an 150 hp diesel engine.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first model in the premium compact class to be made available with a Head-up Display, which projects all relevant driving information into the driver’s field of vision in full colour.
The production of this model is expected to start in May, 2014.
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota. Lexus was first introduced in 1989 in the USA, but now it is sold globally and it has become the Japanese premium car with the best sales. Lexus has now a wide range of models, including sedans, SUVs, convertibles and sports.
The 2014 Lexus RX is a five-passenger luxury crossover SUV that has a luxurious cabin, roomy back seats and ample cargo space. The cabin is quiet and attractive, with high-quality materials and standard features are generous. RX also has an ample luggage and cargo space with 40 cubic feet standard and 80 cubic feet with rear seats folded. The 2014 Lexus RX competes with Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKX, Infiniti QX60 and Volkswagen Touareg.
The 2014 Lexus RX is available in three trim levels: RX 350, RX 350 F Sport and the hybrid RX 450h. The RX 350 and the RX 450h are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive while the RX 350 F Sport comes with all-wheel drive only.
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, LED running lights, foglamps, automatic headlamps, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, keyless entry, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, a sliding and reclining rear seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and cloth upholstery. The Safety Connect emergency communications system, Bluetooth connectivity an a 9-speaker audio system with 6-CD changer and iPod/USB interface are also standard. The Premium package is available for the RX 350 and consists in a sunroof, power-folding mirrors, roof rails, driver memory settings and leather upholstery. The Comfort package adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers and heated and ventilated front seats.
The Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with the contents of the Premium and Comfort packages as standard and adds 19-inch wheels, special interior trim, a perforated leather upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension. The Display Audio package adds a rearview camera, a larger 7-inch central display screen and the Lexus Remote touch electronics interface. A navigation system, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system are available as options.
The rX 450h hase the same features as RX 350, the difference between them consisting of hybrid system.
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 and RX 350 F Sport are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled transmission (ECT-i) is standard for the RX350, while an eight-speed ECT-i transmission is standard for the RX 350 F Sport AWD. The RX 450h hybrid comes with a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine that is paired with a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (front-wheel-drive model uses two electric motors and the all-wheel-drive model adds a third electric motor to drive the rear wheels – in this case no mechanical connection between the axles is needed). This hybrid system returns in total 295 hp. The RX 450 h comes with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence (ECVT-i).