- Aug 11, 2014
The Trucks And SUVs Consumers Are Liking Most
An annual JD Power study examines the things consumers like most about their new vehicles.
The company gets its information directly from car-buyer surveys, and it's based on eight separate categories: engine/transmission, ride, handling and braking, comfort/convenience, seats, dashboard panel, heating, ventilation and cooling, sound system, and styling/exterior.
For 2014, the overall highest-ranked nameplate was Porsche. It marked the 10th consecutive year Porsche took the top spot. For non-premium brands, Hyundai took top honors. In addition to overall awards, JD Power bestows top honors to vehicles in a variety of different segments. We've compiled all of the winners in the truck and SUV segments here in this gallery for you.
Head on through to see the trucks and SUV with which consumers are most satisfied.
Compact Premium SUV - 2014 Audi Q5
Sticker Price: $37,300 - $46,500
Invoice Price: $34,690 - $43,247
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
The luxurious Audi Q5 provides buyers with a smooth, comfortable ride and great all-weather versatility. The quattro all-wheel drive Q5 is powered by one of three engines: a 220-hp 2.0T four-cylinder engine, or a 272-hp 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine or a 240-hp 3.0-liter V6 direct injection diesel (TDI). Standard features includes 12-way power front seats, aluminum trim, 10-speaker DSP sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Audi Music Interface with iPod integration and tri-zone climate control.
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Compact SUV - 2014 Nissan Rogue
Sticker Price: $22,790 - $29,630
Invoice Price: $21,413 - $27,824
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway
Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Nissan Rogue now comes with a sharper exterior and more refined interior. The Rogue is available in S, SV, or SL trims, with front or all-wheel drive. A 170-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT transmission send power to the wheels. It can seat up to seven passengers with its available third row seat. Standard safety fare includes; four-wheel anti-lock brakes with panic assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side-impact and all-row side-curtain airbags.
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Large Premium SUV - 2014 Land Rover Range Rover
Sticker Price: $83,300 - $184,105
Invoice Price: $76,220 - $168,456
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 23 mpg Highway
The Range Rover is one of the most iconic luxury SUVs today due to its combination of a superbly comfortable interior and rugged, off-road driving capabilities. The five-passenger Range Rover is available in four trim levels: Base, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography. The Base and HSE are powered by a 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6, while the Supercharged and Autobiography trims boast a 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Standard equipment on the Base includes a power liftgate/tailgate, passive entry/start, heated leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, hard drive-based navigation and a Meridian sound system.
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Large SUV - 2014 GMC Yukon
Sticker Price: $44,455 - $61,315
Invoice Price: $41,343 - $57,023
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
The big, burly GMC Yukon received a lot of upgrades when it was updated for the 2015 model year, but that doesn't mean the 2014 is a slouch. This is a very comfortable, roomy and versatile SUV, making it a great option for a bigger family. Available in 2WD or 4WD and in three trims, the Yukon seats up to nine passengers and is rated to tow up to 8500 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on the 4x2 model. The SLE and SLT trims both come with a standard 320-hp 5.3-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2WD or AWD Denali trims come with a standard 403-hp 6.2-liter V8.
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Midsize Premium SUV - 2014 Porsche Cayenne
Sticker Price: $49,600 - $146,000
Invoice Price: NA
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
The Cayenne is the realization of Porsche's legendary sporty driving demeanor in SUV form. The all-wheel drive, five-passenger Cayenne is available in five trims for 2013: V6, S, GTS, Turbo and Diesel. The V6 is powered by a 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, the S and GTS have a normally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 with 400-hp for the S and 420-hp for the GTS, while the Turbo gets a 500-hp twin-turbocharged version of the same 4.8-liter V8. The Diesel gets a 3.0-liter V6 with 240-hp. Notable features available on the Cayenne include: Porsche Stability Management, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.
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Midsize SUV - 2014 Toyota Highlander
Sticker Price: $29,215 - $43,590
Invoice Price: $26,673 - $39,798
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
The Toyota Highlander is one of the best family vehicles around, with a roomy interior, long history of reliability and wealth of safety features. The Highlander is offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of six trim levels: LE (FWD only), LE V6, LE Plus V6, XLE V6, Limited V6 and Limited Platinum V6. The LE is powered by a 185-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, while all other trims get the 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. Both are mated to a revised six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. For the redesigned 2014 version a new Driver Technology Package is available, offering Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Pre-Collision System and Lane Departure Alert with Automatic High Beam Headlights, as well as Safety Connect.
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Small SUV - Mini Countryman
Sticker Price: $22,100 - $34,950
Invoice Price: $20,330 - $32,155
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
The not-so-mini Mini Countryman offers more space than the conventional Cooper without sacrificing its amusing driving dynamics or quirky design. The front-wheel drive four door Countryman is available in three different trims: the base with a 121-hp 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the S with a direct-injection, 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine or the John Cooper Works with a 208-hp version of the S turbo engine. All trims are mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. For added all-weather control and road-handling, the S can also be equipped with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, while the JCW is standard with ALL4.
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Large Light-Duty Pickup - 2014 Ford F-150
Sticker Price: $25,025 - $54,410
Invoice Price: $23,211 - $49,377
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 23 mpg Highway
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for some time now, due to its durability, versatility and value. The F-150 is available in several distinctive trims. These include the XL, STX, XLT, FX, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and the Limited. For the off-road extremist, the segment exclusive SVT Raptor is available and delivers both outstanding off-road capabilities and daily use characteristics. The F-150 offers a 4x2 or a 4x4 drive system, three cab styles, three pickup box lengths and several useful individual options and option packages.
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Large Heavy-Duty Pickup - 2014 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Sticker Price: $30,035 - $47,520
Invoice Price: $27,707 - $43,837
Fuel Economy: NA
The Ford F-250 and F-350 are both bigger, more powerful versions of the F-150. The 2013 F-250 is available as a 4x2 or a 4x4, has three different cab configurations and has three trims available. Two engine choices include a standard 6.2-liter 385-hp V8 with 405 lb.-ft. of torque or the 6.7-liter turbo 400-hp V8 diesel with 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The same engine and trim options are available on the F-350. Standard amenities include traction control and electronic stability control, a hill launch assist feature, side curtain airbags and trailer-sway control.
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Midsize Pickup - 2014 Honda Ridgeline
Sticker Price: $29,575 - $37,505
Invoice Price: $27,050 - $34,283
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
You don't see too many of them on the road, but the people who do buy the Honda Ridgeline are very happy with them. The four-door, five-passenger Ridgeline is available in five trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and a new SE. All are powered by a 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission; Honda's Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system (VTM-4) and a limited-slip lockable rear differential are also standard. A trailer hitch is standard on all trim levels, rated for a maximum towing capacity of 5000 pounds. Trim-dependent equipment includes a power moonroof, aluminum wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control and satellite radio.
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