Most Reliable 2014 Crossovers and SUVs
By Jeff Youngs, May 13, 2014
When it comes to the most reliable crossovers and SUVs for the 2014 model year, which are listed in alphabetical order on the pages that follow, J.D. Power finds a nearly even split between crossovers designed primarily for on-road use and SUVs designed for greater towing, hauling, and off-roading capability. The models included in this guide--five crossovers and 4 SUVs--have historically proven to be of high quality and very dependable based on survey data collected annually from thousands of vehicle owners.
2014 Buick Enclave
After receiving a long list of updates for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Buick Enclave is now available with new forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems. Text-to-voice capability is added to the IntelliLink infotainment systems, and second-row passengers can now charge devices using dual USB ports. The Enclave continues to offer full-size interior volume in a crossover SUV package, all powered by a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
2014 Buick Encore
A surprise hit in its freshman year on the market, the 2014 Buick Encore returns with new side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert technologies, text-to-voice capability with the IntelliLink infotainment system, and Siri Eyes Free compatibility with a paired Apple smartphone. A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the compact crossover SUV, which can be optioned with all-wheel drive.
2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
In its final year prior to a complete redesign, Chevy adds standard equipment to the Tahoe and offers the traditional full-size, 8-passenger SUV in a special Concord Metallic paint color. A 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine is standard, and the 2014 Tahoe is available in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. The Tahoe Hybrid is discontinued.
2014 GMC Yukon
Like the Chevrolet Tahoe with which it shares all but a few styling and equipment differences, the 2014 GMC Yukon enters its final year of production in advance of a complete redesign. More standard equipment, Deep Indigo Metallic paint, and the cancellation of the Yukon Hybrid are the highlights for 2014.
2014 Honda CR-V
Ahead of what is expected to be a fairly significant mid-life update for the 2015 model year, the 2014 Honda CR-V is unchanged. A compact crossover SUV with seating for 5, the CR-V is equipped with a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Three trim levels are available: LX, EX, and EX-L.
2014 Nissan Murano
A redesigned Nissan Murano is arriving this fall as a 2015 model, so Nissan makes no changes to the 2014 Murano aside from a minor interior color availability alteration. A 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers this 5-passenger, midsize crossover SUV's front wheels, and all-wheel drive is optional. Buyers choose from a trim level menu that includes S, SV, SL, and Platinum versions.
2014 Toyota 4Runner
If you're planning to tackle off-road trails but need seating for up to 7 people, a 2014 Toyota 4Runner can handle the task. This year, the 4Runner receives new styling, a revised interior, and new equipment, including a choice between infotainment systems. Base SR5, rugged Trail, and luxury-themed Limited trim levels continue, all powered by a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine.
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Existing on borrowed time, this is the final year of production for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, a 5-passenger SUV styled to resemble the classic FJ40 off-roader. A limited-production Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is offered this year, featuring special paint, Toyota Racing Development performance upgrades, and more.
2014 Toyota RAV4
Minor interior trim upgrades and a new Blue Crush Metallic paint color are offered for the 2014 RAV4, while the top Limited trim level can be optioned with a new Technology package that contains last year's blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert systems combined with new lane-departure alert and Auto High Beam systems. Otherwise, the compact, 5-passenger crossover SUV continues without changes just one year after a complete redesign.