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Which Contender Will Win Motor Trend 2015 Sport Utility of the Year?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Motor Trend Staff

Which will be Motor Trend ’s 2015 Sport Utility of the Year?

The Subaru Forester won Motor Trend’s 2014 Sport Utility of the Year award. We just came back from the Central Coast of California, where we put an absolutely huge field of 2015 entries through their paces.Which SUV or crossover do you think came out on top?

2014 SUV of the Year Contenders© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 SUV of the Year Contenders

The contenders:

  • BMW X4
  • BMW X5
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lexus NX
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Porsche Macan
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Volvo XC60
  • As always, following are the criteria for the competition. To be considered, vehicles must be completely new or significantly changed from the previous model year.:

    Design Advancement
    The judges are looking for well-executed exterior and interior styling, innovative vehicle packaging, and good selection and use of materials.

    Engineering Excellence
    Total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing, and dynamics; and cost-effective technology that benefits consumers.

    Performance of Intended Function
    How well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do. Efficiency
    The judges consider fuel efficiency and carbon footprint size relative to the vehicle's competitive set.

    Safety
    The judges take into account each vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants during an accident.

    Value
    Each vehicle's price and equipment levels are compared with those of vehicles in the same market segment.

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