1. PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO S
Starting price: approximately $158,295
Engine horse power and top speed: 550 HP / 175 MPH
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is not only one of the fastest SUVs in the world, but one of the priciest with a starting price exceeding most college graduate salaries at $146,000+. The SUV features the Porsche twin turbo, eight cylinder engine that is rated at 550 HP. The Cayenne Turbo S engine is also rated at 553 lb-ft of overall torque, and the SUV tops out at 175 MPH. The auto features all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and its overall handling is rated as excellent due in part to the adjustable suspension system and steering setup of the vehicle. The S model of the SUV also includes torque vectoring, 21 inch wheels, and ceramic brakes as standard equipment. The vehicle’s fuel economy comes in at a modest 13 MPG city / 20 MPG highway.
2. MERCEDES-BENZ G63 AMG
Starting price: approximately $138,000
Engine horse power and top speed: 536 HP / 175 MPH
The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is the company’s most expensive SUV sold in the United States, but is also one of the fastest. Featuring a turbo 5.5 liter, eight cylinder engine, the V8 is rated at 536 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque. The auto can go from zero to 60 in approximately 5.3 seconds and has a top overall speed of 175 MPH. Although the SUV is very boxy in shape, it is one of the company’s more popular designs. The auto comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and includes the Mercedes 4MATIC driving system helping make this a very capable off-road SUV. The fuel economy for the G63 AMG is at the lower end of SUVs with its overall EPA rating coming in at 12 MPG city / 14 MPG highway.
3. MERCEDES-BENZ ML63 AMG
Starting price: approximately $99,325
Engine horse power and top speed: 516 HP / 175 MPH
For just under $100,000, consumers can enjoy the many features that the Mercedes ML63 AMG provides without quite breaking the bank with the G63’s price. The ML63 AMG features the 5.5 liter twin turbo, eight cylinder engine rated at 516 HP. The optional performance package gives consumers an additional 34 HP, and the noise at speed in the auto is extremely quiet. The interior of the vehicle comes standard with a leather and wood decoration, and the vehicle can go from zero to 60 MP in approximately 4.7 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is 175 MPH and the auto includes a seven-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy of the ML63 AMG is rated at 14 MPG city / 18 MPG highway.
4. PORSCHE MACAN TURBO
Starting price: approximately $72,500
Engine horse power and top speed: 400 HP / 164 MPH
The Macan Turbo is Porsche’s sportier version of the Macan luxury crossover. The auto includes a 400 HP twin-turbo six cylinder engine that rides on a seven-speed transmission. An all-wheel drive vehicle, the Macan Turbo is a smaller version of the Cayenne with a roomy car interior to help you feel more comfortable. Being the company’s first mid-size, high-performance vehicle, the top speed is 164 MPH. The car does run approximately more than $22,500 more than the Macan S crossover, but for consumers who desire the Porsche brand with the performance one expects, it fulfills expectations. The auto’s fuel economy is rated at 17 MPG city / 23 MPG highway and can fit five passengers in the vehicle.
5. LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT / SVR
Starting price: approximately $80,900
Engine horse power and top speed: 510 HP / 162 MPH
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one of the company’s fastest SUVs starting out with a 5.0 liter, eight cylinder engine rated at 510 HP. The SVR model increases the horsepower to 550 HP and includes a stiffer suspension for better handling. The auto can go from zero to 60 MPH in approximately 5.0 seconds and also includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warnings. The vehicle comes with a leather interior and the auto is rated as one of the best handling SUVs designed for off-road use on the market. The Ranger Rover Sport / SVR also comes with an adjustable four-wheel drive system and has a fuel economy rated at 14 MPG city / 19 MPG highway.
6. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT
Starting price: approximately $65,590
Engine horse power and top speed: 470 HP / 160 MPH
The Jeep Cherokee SRT is made for the consumer who demands power in their SUV at a price south of six figures. The SRT model of the popular Jeep brand features a 6.4 liter HEMI, eight cylinder engine rated at 470 HP and a max speed of 160 MPH. The auto can go from zero to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds, and includes an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. The fuel economy of the Cherokee SRT comes in at a modest 13 MPG city / 19 MPG highway, and the Brembo brakes bring the vehicle from 70 MPH to all stop in approximately 162 feet. Popular options for the SRT include the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, towing package, and dual-pane sunroof that are not included in the base model.
7. BMW X6 M
Starting price: approximately $94,000
Engine horse power and top speed: 567 HP / 155 MPH
The BMW X6M is the company’s entry into the SUV market for those who demand a significant amount of horsepower in their auto to complement the benefits of a SUV. The auto provides consumers with a twin-turbo 4.4 liter, eight cylinder engine that delivers 567 HP. The model also features the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system along with an eight speed, automatic transmission. Alongside the performance-tuned suspension of the X6M, and the SUV can support high speeds around turns and corners much better than other traditionally designed SUVs on the market. The vehicle is rated at a top speed of 155 MPH and can go from zero to 60 in approximately 4.5 seconds. The X6 M’s fuel economy is rated at 14 MPG city / 18 MPG highway.
8. BMW X5 XDRIVE50I
Starting price: approximately $70,100
Engine horse power and top speed: 445 HP / 155 MPH
The BMW xDrive50i is one of the fastest BMD models of SUV that has not been modified by the M division of the company. The SUV features a twin-turbo, eight cylinder engine that is rated at 445 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. The xDrive50i can go from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds, and is capable of towing just about any load you might need in the automobile. The SUV’s cabin is extremely quiet and the X5 xDrive50i has an excellent braking system to help instill driver confidence at high speeds. The third row of seats of the auto is rated as difficult to access by consumers and not comfortable. Overall, the X5 xDrive50 sees an EPA fuel economy of 15 MPG city / 22 MPG highway.
9. MERCEDES-BENZ GL63 AMG
Starting price: approximately $120,000
Engine horse power and top speed: 550 HP / 155 MPH
The Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG is the largest vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz and weighs more than 5,500 pounds. The most powerful SUV produced by the company at 550 HP, the GL63 AMG is rated at a top speed of 155 MPH that is electronically controlled. The auto features a 5.5 liter, turbo-charged, eight cylinder engine that can go from zero to 60 MPH in under 4.8 seconds which helps it compete with many sports cars on the market. The vehicle features a seven-speed, automatic transmission that includes re-matching on the downshifts, an improved suspension, steer, brakes, and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy of this SUV is on the lower end of performance at 12 MPG city / 16 MPG highway; however, its braking distance is superb with being able to stop the vehicle from 70 MPH to stop in approximately 160 feet.
10. AUDI SQ5
Starting price: approximately $53,625
Engine horse power and top speed: 354 HP / 152 MPH
The Audi SQ5 builds on the company’s successes with the Q5 including a number of styling upgrades to both the exterior and interior of the automobile. To help improve the interior comfort of the SQ5’s ride, there are new leather-and-Alcantara sports seats along with a new look to the trip. The SUV features a super-charged, six cylinder engine rated at 354 HP and 347 lb-ft of torque. With a top rated speed of 152 MPH, the vehicle rides on an eight-speed, automatic transmission and includes the Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system as a standard option. The SQ5 is able to go from zero to 60 MPH in under 5.1 seconds and looks very similar to the Audi Q5. The SQ5 does get better gas mileage than many other SUVs being rated at 16 MPG city / 23 MPG highway.
11. FORD EXPLORER SPORT
Starting price: approximately $43,000
Engine horse power and top speed: 365 HP / 122 MPH
Ford originally designed the Explorer Sport to provide options for consumers who demanded seven-passenger SUVs that had more power than the standard Explorer or competing SUV. The Sport is the only Explorer variant the company installs the 3.5 liter, six cylinder engine rated at 365 HP. The SUV has a maximum speed of 122 MPH and includes enhanced dampers and stiffer springs, improved chassis bracing, larger 20-inch tires, and quicker steering than other Explorer models built by the company. The vehicle includes a six-speed, automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as the standard option but allows manually gear shifting via steering-wheel paddles. The auto can accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in under 5.9 seconds and continues to provide a quiet and roomie interior cabin for auto passengers. The Sport can go from 70 MPH to all stop in 177 feet and has a decent fuel economy rating when compared to other SUVs at 16 MPG city / 22 MPG highway.
12. DODGE DURANGO R/T HEMI
Starting price: approximately $40,290
Engine horse power and top speed: 360 HP / 119 MPH
The Dodge Durango R/T Heni has been updated for the modern driver and features the 5.7 liter Hemi, eight-cylinder engine rated at 360 HP, 390 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 119 MPH. The Durango has a rear-wheel-drive-based chassis and includes three rows of seats. The auto can go from zero to 60 MPH in under 6.4 seconds despite the massive size of the vehicle and the braking distance from 70 MPH to stop is a respectable 182 feet. With a price point that beats most of the competition in large SUVs, the R/T Hemi has a towing capacity of 7,400 lbs and a fuel economy of 14 MPG city / 23 MPG highway.