The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner fancies itself the sixth generation of the off-road SUV, but it really just had a nip and a tuck to look younger. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams says the 4Runner's cosmetic enhancements are quality ones, most notably the new grille with its wider, gaping lower section and narrowed, reshaped headlights. Going unchanged is the 4Runner's confident, capable performance on inhospitable terrain, lest anyone mistake it for just another pretty face-lift.
The 2014 Fiat 500L moved up through the ranks since last week to land in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Two other holdovers from last week, the 2014 Toyota Tundra and 4Runner, checked in at Nos. 2 and 3, while newcomer the 2013 Infiniti M35h debuted in fourth. Check out what was popular:1. 2014 Fiat 500L
A trio of newcomers raced straight to the top three spots among the week's most-popular videos. Leading off the list were a pair of videos showcasing PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' first drive of both the 2014 Toyota Tundra (at No. 1) and 2014 Toyota 4Runner (at No. 2) on a recent trip to Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's favorable critique of Chevrolet's redesigned flagship sedan, the 2014 Impala, made a favorable debut at No. 3. Check out what was popular:1. 2014 Toyota Tundra
Similar to Toyota's light-handed touch in updating the Tundra pickup truck for the new model year, the 4Runner boasts subtle, though welcome, changes for 2014. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got up close and personal with the SUV while testing its formidable Trail edition in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. The powertrain remains the same, but its style now hews closer to the automaker's smaller FJ Cruiser, softening its appearance. Check out the video above for more, and be sure to catch Williams' explanation of that curious "vortex generator" on the 4Runner's rear end.Related
Although, technically, this is the sixth-generation Toyota 4Runner, all the significant changes are purely cosmetic. In fact, the chassis and powertrain are identical to the fifth-generation model, with a few interior and exterior design changes and multimedia upgrades leading the "what's new for 2014" list.
You have to give Toyota credit. At a time when other manufacturers are morphing their SUVs into fuel-efficient crossovers, the 2014 4Runner stays true to its SUV heritage (on par with Toyota's smaller FJ Cruiser and larger Land Cruiser) while incorporating a few personality-softening design cues.
The 4Runner's most significant changes are a new grille, headlight and bumper treatment with an updated gauge cluster and rounded center stack inside. Because the chassis and powertrain are unchanged, the driving portion of my time with the 4Runner wasn't as important as getting a chance to check out the changes to this midsize player.
"I want to carry a motorized scooter and don't want a minivan."
Maureen R., Troy
You can configure some of the largest SUVs to seat seven, such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition, so those would be the ones that offer the most cargo space. The Suburban has a maximum 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room; the Expedition has 108.3 cubic feet, and the more carlike-riding Chevrolet Traverse has 116.3 cubic feet. Most minivans offer 140 to 150 cubic feet of total cargo space with the seats folded or removed.
If that's more SUV than you want, here are seven-seat models with more than 80 cubic feet of cargo room: Dodge Durango, 84.5; Ford Flex, 83.2; Honda Pilot, 87.0; Land Rover LR4, 87.4; and Toyota 4Runner, 89.7. There are others, and you might want to investigate the height of the cargo area and how high you would have to lift your scooter to load it into an SUV.
The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender could help you with your search. It does not list cargo volume, but it will help you find SUVs that have other features that you want and fit your budget.
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Toyota took the wraps off of the mildly updated 2014 4Runner SUV at a country music festival in California over the weekend. It added some minor touches to one of the few remaining truck-based rear-wheel-drive SUVs on the market. No crossover this, the 4Runner will be available in three styles: SR5, Limited, and the highly off-road-capable Trail model. Three drivetrains will also be available — all models share the same 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission, but the 4Runner will be available in rear-wheel drive, part-time 4x4 and full-time 4x4 with multimode selection depending on trim and package options.
Southeast Toyota Distributors is recalling 3,235 vehicles spanning model-years 2009-13 due to problems with the occupant sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were modified by Southeast Toyota Distributors to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or head-restraint DVD system. During the installation process, the passenger seat occupant sensing system may not have been tested. This could cause the airbags to not deploy or to deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size, increasing the risk of injury.
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