The 2014 Honda Insight is a hatchback hybrid that comes with good handling dynamics and a competitive price. This five-seat, five-door suburban-oriented hatchback is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. The most direct competitor of the Insight is the Toyota Prius C, that is similar in concept, size and price. Honda Insight also competes with other non-hybrid cars, like Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta.
The 2014 Honda Insight has front-wheel drive and comes in three trim levels: base, LX and EX. The Insight base comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a 2-speaker audio system with a CD player.
The Insight LX adds as standard equipment a front center armrest, cruise control and an upgraded 4-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The 2014 Insight EX adds 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. A navigation system with voice controls and a touchscreen, and a rearview camera are available as options for the EX.
The 2014 Honda Insight is powered by a hybrid system that consists of a gasoline engine and an electric motor (a nickel-metal hydride battery pack is also present, of course!). The 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine produces 85 hp and it is paired with a permanent Magnet AC Synchronous electric motor that produces 13 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque. The maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard for the base Insight and LX. The EX comes with a CVT with paddle shifters that basically functions like a regular automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Honda Insight include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, active front headrests, side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags.
The Kia Soul debuted as a 2010 model, and for 2014 it was redesigned. The Soul is one of Kia’s best-selling models and also it is Kia’s first exclusive model, not a version of an existing model from parent company Hyundai. The 2014 Kia Soul comes with a roomy cabin, a fantastic amount of cargo space for its class, comfortable and supportive seats, and high-quality materials.
The 2014 Kia Soul is a front-wheel drive four-door hatchback with seating for five, that is offered in three trim levels: base, + (Plus) and ! (Exclaim). The base model comes standard with 16-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, hill-start assist, power-heated side mirrors, air conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod/USB interface and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The Soul + (Plus) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, front seat center console armrest and a fold-down rear seat armrest. A navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, foglights, keyless ignition, heated and ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery and 10-way power driver seat are all available as options.
The Lia Soul ! (Exclaim) adds to the Soul+ model with standard equipment foglights, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-way power driver seats, a cooled glavebox and power-folding side mirrors. A navigation system, an automatic climate control, xenon headlights, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an upgraded instrument panel and an updated Infinity sound system are available as options.
The 2014 Kia Soul base comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine that produces 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Soul+ and Soul! models are offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft torque. The six-speed aotomatic is the only available transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Kia Soul include four-wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is available as an option.
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.