Midsized SUVs Tested

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The Models

Consumer Reports has tested three updated midsized SUVs: the Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Kia Sorento.

According to Consumer Reports, Jeep Grand Cherokee was already significantly improved when it was redesigned three years ago. The new update to the 2014 has made the Cherokee still better. It comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, improved controls, and better interior fit and finish.

Highlights like quiet cabin, off-road and towing capability, seat comfort, fit and finish, and easy-to-use Uconnect system gave the Cherokee a total test score of 77. Price as tested: $41,375.

This was just one point ahead of Kia Sorento (price as tested $37,950).

Kia Sorento is a slightly smaller car, which helps make it easy to maneuver. Highlights on this model include the quality powertrain, its fuel economy, and the optional third-row seat.

Chevrolet Equinox ($36,925) lags behind the other two with at test score of just 66. Even with a mild freshening for 2013, the Equinox feels not entirely up to date when compared with the best models in this class. Still, the model gets good points for acceleration, ride, roomy rear seat, and access.

The Scores

Model Score
Jeep Grand Cherokee 77
Kia Sorento 76
Chevrolet Equinox 66

In previous tests by Consumer Reports Toyota Highlander Hybrid got an overall score of 89 and the Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium a score of 88.

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