So you want to buy a new SUV and don’t know where to begin? Turning in the keys to your current vehicle and upgrading to something new is always a tough decision to make. In this article we’ll look at a few of the best 2014 SUVs on the market and compare them to give you a good idea of what’s on the market.
The first decision to make is what size you want to get. We’ll be taking a look at 3 great Midsize SUVs in this article. There are a number of great vehicles in the small, large, hybrid, and crossover category, but the Midsize is the most popular model and that’s what we’ll be looking at. Price is another major consideration, “luxury” vehicles are of course very nice, but more reasonable prices often offer nearly the same product but with much less cost. Let’s take a look at 3 SUVs that strike a good balance between price and functionality.
2014 Buick Enclave -
The Enclave is big. It holds up to 8 people and has great scores for safety, and all the newest safety gadgets. Aside from being safe, the Enclave is very spacious on the inside. It feels like a luxury car without the premium price tag that goes along with those vehicles. There are a number of premium features that come along with the car, such as fantastic internal furnishings, triple zone climate control, and an Intellilink Touchscreen electronics interface that has smartphone app integration. The Enclave is a VERY smooth ride. It is quiet, responsive, and has crossover warning (again, it’s a very safe ride). It is very heavy though – it is not the most responsive or agile car on the market.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee -
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a smoother ride than many other previous jeep generations due to a new V6 8-speed engine. There is a diesel option that costs a bit more, but will save in the long run with good fuel efficiency. 4 wheel drive options make the Jeep fun to drive in any condition. Safety in the Cherokee is good too, good government crash test results, excellent braking test results. There is a nice 8.4 inch center mounted touchscreen information panel with a wifi hotspot and smartphone integration. Passengers will be entertained by a twin display Blue Ray Entertainment system in the back too. One of the disadvantages of the Cherokee over the other two models here is the lack of a 3′rd row seat. You can still fit 4 or 5 people, but the Enclave will certainly beat the Cherokee in the space department.
2014 Dodge Durango -
The Durango is similar to the Enclave in that they both have 3 seats, enough for the needs of most families. It comes with a V6 engine, but can be upgraded to a V8 engine if you want a little extra kick. The Durango (as well as the Enclave and Cherokee) feels like a more luxurious class than it really is; the internal information displays for the front seat people and the entertainment options for the passengers are great. Safety in the Durango is good – crash tests, brake tests, and warning systems.
The three of these Midsize SUVs are all excellent choices. What decides this for a lot of people is brand loyalty – are you a Dodge, Jeep, or Buick person? Here is a quick side by side comparison of the three of them:
Size - Engclave is the largest, then the Durango, then the Cheroke.Comfort – Enclave is is the most spacious internally with the most luxurious furnishings, then the Durango, then the Cherokee.
Speed - Cherokee has the most power, then the Durango, then the Enclave.
Electronics - Cherokee and Durango score the best, the Enclave touch screen is a bit buggy at times.
Safety - All three really great choices, but the Enclave probably takes it.Price – Durango is the cheapest, then the Cherokee (unless you take the diesel engine and all the options), and the Enclave is the most expensive.
Again, all are great, but you’ll have to take each one out for a test drive to see if you really fall in love with the cars. For best 2014 SUV, the 2014 Buick Enclave looks like an all around winner. What sets it apart is the space, safety, and smooth driving compared to many other options on the market.