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2014 Chevrolet Orlando Preview

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Pros: The 2014 Chevrolet Orlando is a family-friendly crossover with seating for seven and a base price that barely tops $20,000 -- not bad. Cargo room is generous once you fold the third-row seats, and comfort can be found in both the ride and the seats. 

Cons: Disappointment comes from the relatively thirsty engine and plastic-laden interior. Some will lament the vague steering feel and overpriced top-of-the-line model. Moreover, while the Orlando looks like a minivan and kind of drives like a minivan, it does not have convenient sliding doors like a Mazda5, for instance.
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2014 Chevrolet Orlando Price: You can buy a 2014 Chevrolet Orlando from just $20,195 in base LS trim. Move up the ladder and you'll find the 1LT at $22,910, 2LT at $24,395, and LTZ at $29,295.

2014 Chevrolet Orlando Fuel Economy: The Orlando burns 10.4L/100km in the city and 7.0L/100km on the highway with the manual transmission. Opting for the automatic means a slight penalty at the pump, as evidenced by ratings of 10.8L and 7.2L/100km, respectively.

2014 Chevrolet Orlando Powertrain: The lone engine on the menu is a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder ECOTEC with direct injection that produces 174 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual or automatic transmission sends that power to the front wheels exclusively (no AWD available).

Cargo Capacity: The 2014 Chevrolet Orlando swallows a meagre 101 litres of cargo when all the seats are occupied. However, you get 739 litres when you fold the third-row seats, and twice as much cargo room (1,594 litres) when you drop the second-row seats as well.

Safety: Six airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, ABS, a crash-optimized body structure, and OnStar assistance all come standard with the Orlando.

Comparing the 2014 Chevrolet Orlando: Mazda5, Kia Rondo, and Dodge Journey.