Redesigned Trucks, Crossovers and SUVs of 2014 and 2015
Completely Revamped or Mildly Updated, You'll Find It Here
If you're thinking about buying a new SUV, minivan, crossover or truck this year you have more options than ever, and many of them have been updated this year. Sorting through them all isn't easy, though, so we've compiled a complete list of every redesigned or partially updated new vehicle on the market. Some are ground-up revamps, while others are simple nicks and tucks to keep the car fresh for another year or two. Either way, you'll have all the knowledge you need to decide which vehicles belong on your shopping list.
2014 Acura MDX
Fully redesigned this year, the 2014 Acura MDX represents a significant leap forward for Acura's three-row SUV. The 2014 MDX gets an all-new interior with higher-quality materials, an emphasis on noise insulation and a new entertainment/climate control system that significantly reduces the number of buttons on the dash. The 2014 MDX is available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower. Available in either front- or all-wheel drive, the MDX is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission. With a starting price of $43,185, the MDX competes against the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX 350.
2014 BMW X5
BMW's three-row SUV is all-new for 2014. Styling changes are obvious, but what's not so clear is that the three-row SUV is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model for improved fuel economy. BMW has also redone the suspension to give the X5 a more comfortable ride. Power continues to come from either a 4.4-liter V8 or a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offering. All-wheel drive is standard on most models, while a two-wheel-drive version is available paired with the six-cylinder. The 2014 BMW X5 starts at $53,725 and competes with the Lexus GX and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
2015 Cadillac Escalade
It's all about the interior with the redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Stitched, perforated leather and real wood trim take center stage in an upgrade that significantly departs from the Chevrolet Suburban on which it's based. A 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque is standard. Starting at about $65,000, the Escalade competes against the Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
In the same year that General Motors put out an updated Camaro and an all-new Corvette, the redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado is the most important vehicle. The new Silverado 1500 pickup gets an all-new look complemented by a higher-quality interior and a selection of new engines. There's a 5.3-liter V8, a 6.2-liter V8 and a fuel-economy-minded 4.3-liter V6. The V6 can tow up to 7,200 pounds, while the bigger V8s can handle 11,500 and 12,000 pounds, respectively. It's not just new motors, though; the 2014 Silverado is available with forward collision alert, front and rear parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, remote start and even a rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray player. The 2014 Chevy Silverado has a starting price of $26,670 and competes with the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.
2015 Chevy Suburban
Essentially a stretched version of the 2015 Chevy Tahoe, the 2015 Suburban offers tons of cargo space, an 8,500-pound towing capacity and seating for up to nine passengers. Like the Tahoe, the Suburban gets a 5.3-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. Pricing for the 2015 Chevy Suburban should start around $45,000 when it goes on sale in summer. The 2015 Chevy Suburban competes with the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
Proving that there's still a market for full-size SUVs, Chevy has prepped an all-new Chevy Tahoe for 2015. The new SUV, based on Chevy's all-new Silverado, is radically restyled from the previous SUV, but retains all of its functionality. Properly equipped, the Tahoe can tow 8,500 pounds thanks to a new 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 hp. The only transmission offered is a six-speed automatic. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe gets a new center airbag (positioned between the driver and passenger) standard and is available with active cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert and adaptive suspension. Chevy's also given the Tahoe an aluminum hood and liftgate to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. Finally, the third-row seats now fold flat, whereas they had to be fully removed in the previous SUV. Pricing hasn't been announced for the 2015 Chevy Tahoe, but a starting price of $41,000 shouldn't be far off. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe competes with the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
2015 Ford F-150
Completely redesigned, the 2015 F-150 uses an all-new aluminum body and high-tensile steel frame to shave about 700 pounds of total weight. Expect big gains in fuel economy as a result. Four engines — including two turbocharged V6 options — will be available. The six-speed automatic remains the only transmission. Regular cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab configurations will be available. Expect to see the F-150 in dealers in the third quarter of this year. Pricing for the new truck should be about the same as the outgoing model, which started in the mid-$20,000 range for a base model. The F-150 competes with the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
2014 Ford Transit Connect
The 2014 Ford Transit Connect represents the second generation of the Transit Connect van for the U.S. market. This new Transit Connect gets a new, thoroughly modern suspension setup and engine options. For power, there's either a 2.5-liter or a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost, both paired with a six-speed automatic. Available in either five-passenger short wheelbase, seven-passenger long wheelbase or as a cargo van, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect has a starting price of $22,995. Competitors include the Mazda 5 and the Nissan NV200.
2014 GMC Sierra
Like the 2014 Chevy Silverado on which it's based, the 2014 GMC Sierra is all-new. Also like the Silverado, the GMC Sierra is available with either a V6 or V8 engine (with cylinder deactivation) and is available with a regular cab, a crew cab or a double cab and in either rear- or four-wheel drive. The GMC version has a nicer interior than its Chevy stablemate and arguably a nicer exterior. The 2014 GMC Sierra starts at $27,170 and competes with the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.
2015 GMC Yukon
The 2015 GMC Yukon is very closely related to the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe above and includes the same base engine and transmission. The 2015 Yukon Denali, however, is available with GM's 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Like the Chevy, it can tow up to 8,500 pounds. The GMC differs from the Chevy by offering a higher-quality interior with luxury touches like an 8-inch touchscreen. Pricing should be just a tick above the Chevy and start around $42,000. Competitors include the Chevy Tahoe, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.
2014 Honda Odyssey
For 2014 the Honda Odyssey receives a mild exterior refresh and some new interior features. The styling changes aren't drastic, but include a new front and rear end. Inside, the base LX model gets Bluetooth streaming audio, an 8-inch color display and a four-way power passenger seat. On the top-level Touring Elite model you get upgraded xenon headlights, blind spot warning and an integrated vacuum cleaner. The 2014 Honda Odyssey starts at $29,655 and competes with the Chrysler Town and Country, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.
2014 Hyundai Tucson
Minor changes for Hyundai's compact crossover include a revised exterior, new trim levels, LED running lights and a large 7-inch touchscreen on navigation-equipped Limited models. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson starts at $22,325 and competes with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep's highly successful Grand Cherokee gets a host of improvements for 2014 that make this 4x4 SUV even more attractive. Visually, the Grand Cherokee's new style is highlighted by a bold new grille and dramatic headlights. On the inside, the 2014 Grand Cherokee gets a configurable 7-inch information screen and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8, a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel motor and a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 available only in the SRT version. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in at $30,190 and competes with the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
2014 Kia Sedona
The big news for 2014 is that the Kia Sedona is back on sale. It was gone for 2013 but then returned as a 2014 with minor styling changes while awaiting a full redesign. The 2014 Kia Sedona starts at $26,795 and competes with the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Another all-new entry for 2014, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has been significantly updated for better performance, more luxury and increased fuel economy. The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport benefits from intensive use of aluminum that sheds hundreds of pounds of weight compared to the previous year. That's not the only step it took in terms of fuel economy, as there's now a supercharged V6 engine for those who don't need the optional 510-hp V8. An eight-speed automatic and four-wheel drive are standard on all Range Rover Sports. With a starting price of $63,495, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport competes with the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne.
2014 Lexus GX 460
Falling in line with its Lexus brethren, the 2014 Lexus GX 460 gets an all-new "Spindle Grille" that doesn't lack for subtlety. Beyond the styling changes, the big Lexus SUV gets a new touchscreen audio system, back-up monitor, new trims and a $4,710 price cut. Starting at $49,995, the Lexus GX 460 competes with the Land Rover LR4 and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
2015 Lincoln Navigator
It's hard not to notice the new face of the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, which matches up more closely with some of the brand's new models. Despite the truck's huge footprint, it will now be available with a reasonably fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine as the only powertrain option. This new engine is said to make at least 370 hp and at least 430 lb-ft of torque, while returning up to 16 mpg combined. Further improvements include a totally revised interior with a hand-wrapped leather steering wheel and new MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Pricing hasn't been announced for the 2015 Navigator, but the outgoing model started at $57,160. The 2015 Navigator competes with the Chevy Tahoe, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
A thorough redesign brings the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander a few steps closer to its competition. Revolving around a host of powertrain and aerodynamic improvements, the 2014 Outlander can now return up to 31 mpg highway. This number is, of course, with the four-cylinder engine hooked up to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. There's a 3.0-liter V6 available, too, for drivers who want a little more grunt. All-wheel drive is available for either engine. Mitsubishi has spent time upgrading the interior, too, and the Outlander now gets nicer materials and a more pleasant appearance. Third-row seating is now standard. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has a sticker price of $23,820 and competes with the Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2014 Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rouge will be a serious contender now that both its styling and utility are on par with the competition. One engine (a 170-hp four cylinder) is offered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A third row is optional, as are a host of safety features. Starting at $23,850, the Rogue competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
2014 Ram 2500
The heavy-duty Ram 2500 is refreshed for 2014. The new truck adds a massive 6.4-liter gasoline V8 that makes 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. This motor is a step up from the 5.7-liter, but not quite as expensive as the 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-6. The latter motor makes 350 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque when connected to a six-speed manual, and a whopping 370 hp and 800 lb-ft when hooked to the automatic. The big Ram trucks are capable of towing up to 17,970 pounds when properly equipped and now come with optional fifth-wheel trailer preparation. The 2014 Ram 2500 also gets a coil-spring suspension in place of traditional leaf springs. Pricing starts at $31,035 and competes with the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and Ford F-250.
2014 Subaru Forester
Another all-new vehicle in a hugely competitive set, the 2014 Subaru Forester still comes with standard all-wheel drive, though now the transmission is a CVT or a six-speed manual. On the engine front, Subaru continues with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the base Forester but now offers a slick new turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is, unfortunately, only available with the CVT. According to the EPA, CVT-equipped models with the 2.5 can return 27 mpg in combined driving while the 2.0 maxes out at 25 mpg combined. On the interior, Subaru has upped its game with nicer, more cohesive materials and styling as well as slightly more space. The 2014 Subaru Forester starts at $22,820 and competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.
2014 Toyota 4Runner
There are some significant upgrades for Toyota's off-roader, as the 2014 4Runner comes to market this year with new front end styling, a new interior, Toyota's Entune infotainment system and a standard rearview camera. The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is still available with proper four-wheel drive (rear-drive models are available) and traditional body-on-frame SUV architecture. The 4Runner is only available with a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission. In base trims, the 4Runner seats five, but SR5 and Limited models can expand that to seven with optional folding third-row seating. Pricing starts at $33,680.
2014 Toyota Highlander
All-new for 2014, the Toyota Highlander now offers eight-passenger seating and more cargo area. Engines are carryovers from the last generation and include a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6. There's also a hybrid model available. A new six-speed automatic is the standard transmission, replacing last year's five-speed. The 2014 Toyota Highlander starts at $30,075 and competes with the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Pathfinder.
2014 Toyota Tundra
While virtually all of the other pickups in the game are either new or soon to be new, the 2014 Toyota Tundra only received a minor refresh this year. This includes a new exterior that makes the truck look even bigger, a new interior complete with a standard rearview camera and a fancy new 1794 Edition that highlights the truck's Texan roots. Engines are carryovers and so is the truck's 10,400-pound tow rating. The 2014 Toyota Tundra has a starting sticker price of $27,195 and competes with the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.