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).
The 2014 Cadillac SRX Crossover is a midsize 5-seat luxury crossover SUV that offers 61.1 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capacity with the rear seatbacks folded, a modern design with upmarket materials and a high level of attention to detail, a powerful engine and a smooth and able ride. First introduced in 2010, the current SRX has a revised interior that incorporates Cadillac’s CUE (Cadillac User Experience) touchscreen interface. This interface has a large screen and uses proximity sensors and voice recognition to control phone, audio and navigation functions. The 2014 Cadillac SRX competes with Audi Q5, Lexus RX, Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
The 2014 Cadillac SRX is available in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium. The 2014 Cadillac SRX base model comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, leatherette upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, an eight-way power driver seat, the CUE interface with 8-inch color display, OnStar, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player and two USB ports.
The Luxury trim adds keyless ignition, keyless entry, an eight-way adjustable passenger seat, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic wipers, a power tailgate with adjustable height, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera, a rear cross-trafic alert system and adjustable thigh support for thr driver seat. Also standard on the Cadillac SRX Luxury are driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery and interior wood trim. Optional on the Luxury trim level are automatic high beams, lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control.
The Cadillac SRX Performance model adds 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, a sport-tuned suspension, foglights, a variable-effort power steering, adaptive xenon headlights, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and a 10-speaker Bose Surround-sound audio system. The top-of-the-line SRX Premium adds three-zone climate control, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear seat audio controls, a safety alert driver seat and forward-collision and lane departure warning system.
The 2014 Cadillac SRX is powered by a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 VVT engine that produces 308 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for all models.
Safety features of the 2014 SRX include OnStar ( that includes automatic crash notifications, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and turn-by-turn navigation), antilock disc brakes (ABS), six airbags (front, side and curtain), stability control and traction control.
The website thecarconnection.com says about the 2014 Cadillac SRX:
The 2014 Cadillac SRX is the uniquely American pick among luxury crossovers; and its interior appointments and class-leading technology don’t disappoint.
The Chrysler Town & Country is one of the best luxury minivans on the market, that offers a long list of standard luxury features and also an innovative, versatile and capacious interior. The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country shares its steering, suspension, brakes, drivetrain and safety cell with the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it is more luxurious. The Town & Country is spacious and comfortable, and comes with very versatile rear seating configurations. This minivan competes with Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.
The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan comes in four trim levels: Touring, S (which is a new model), Touring-L and Limited. The Town & Country entry-level Touring comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a roof rack, foglights, automatic headlights, a power tailgate dual power-sliding doors, triple-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, full power accessories, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 115-volt AC power outlet and a rearview camera. Also present on this model are Bluetooth connectivity, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear-seat USB charging ports and a six-speaker sound system with a USB interface and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
The S model adds black-painted 17-inch wheels, a performance-tuned suspension, a darkened grille and black leather upholstery with unique cloth inserts. The Touring-L adds rear parking sensors, auto-dimming outside mirrors, blind-spot monitoring system, remote ignition and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. The top-of-the-line Limited model adds power-folding exterior mirrors, xenon headlights, driver memory functions, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, keyless ignition, keyless entry, power-adjustable pedals and a 9-speaker premium sound system.
The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country is also available (this year only) in a 30th Anniversary Edition model. This trim level comes with 17-inch polished aluminum wheels, black leather-trimmed seat upholstery with suede inserts, black-colored interior accents, third-row power-folding seats, a larger console, chrome door handles, push-button engine start and 30th anniversary badges on the exterior, gauges and key fob.
The 2014 Chrysler Town&Country is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All models come with front-wheel drive only. EPA-estimated fuel economy of 2014 Town & Country is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Standard safety features include stability control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three row.