Top 10 Fastest SUVs

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Top 10 Fastest SUVs

An SUV doesn’t have to be a boring vehicle reserved exclusively for trips to and from soccer practice. And thanks to automakers like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, they aren’t.

We can’t blame you for wanting to go fast even if an SUV is what you need, so here’s AutoGuide‘s Top 10 Fastest SUVs based on their 0-60 acceleration times.


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Starting off the list is this fast brick, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. With its unique rugged styling, some would argue it’s styling is out-of-date. Regardless, it’s still one of the fastest SUVs in today’s marketplace accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds.

Under the hood is a 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine from AMG, sporting 536 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. It all comes at a price though, with the G63 AMG starting from $136,625 including destination. Even more discouraging is the fact that the G63 AMG has the worst fuel efficiency out of all the vehicles on the list, getting 12 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. In other words, you can get faster for less, while saving more gas.

It’s worth mentioning that the Porsche Cayenne GTS barely missed the list with a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Powered by a 4.8-liter V8 with 420 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne GTS is priced from $84,295 while providing 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.


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There’s a lot to like about the all new Range Rover, especially considering the stylish SUV can be had with a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged powerplant. Offering 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, the Range Rover Supercharged accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and will cost you $100,995 to partake in the fun. Its city fuel economy is a bit on the low side at 13 mpg, but it does get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg on the highway.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Range Rover Review


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The Audi SQ5 is the German automaker’s answer to a high-performance SUV without compromise. One of the more fuel-efficient SUVs on the list (and also the smallest), the SQ5 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway rating. It’s also the cheapest car on our list, starting from $52,795 while offering 354 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine. While those specifications don’t scream off the page – it is also the least powerful SUV on the list – the SQ5 manages to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.1 seconds.


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Like the Land Rover brand but want something sportier? The Range Rover Sport can also be had with the same supercharged engine as the standard Range Rover, offering 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque in a more stylish and affordable package. That means for $79,100 you get to have a faster SUV, hitting 60 mph in 5.0 seconds flat, while getting better fuel economy at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Range Rover Sport Review


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While the 2014 BMW X5 M hasn’t been introduced (and may have been axed entirely, enthusiasts can still opt for the X5 xDrive50i which features a 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine providing 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque with a $69,125 price tag. The BMW X5 xDrive50i gets 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, but is able to accelerate 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.


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The sole American vehicle on this list is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, packing plenty of domestic muscle with its 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Available at a respectable $64,990, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 gets 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway while accelerating to 60 mph from 0 in just 4.8 seconds.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Review


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The second Mercedes-Benz vehicle on the list is the ML63 AMG which is also powered by a 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine, but provides 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque – less than the same engine in the G63 AMG. But the ML63 is a lot more aerodynamic and lighter than the G63, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. And considering it’s a popular and more convention SUV, it’s no surprise to see the high-end model provide 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The ML63 AMG starts from $98,175.


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BMW calls it a “Sports Activity Vehicle,” but we all know is it’s really an SUV with a cramped back seat. The X6 M packs a punch with its 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering the same fuel efficiency as the ML63 AMG at 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway. Priced from $94,825 it’s actually cheaper than the ML63 AMG and is faster too, doing the 0-60 sprint in just 4.5 seconds. Just don’t plan on bringing any 2nd row passengers.


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Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is second on the list, sporting a powerful 4.8-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Starting from $111,395, the Cayenne Turbo gets an impressive 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, all while hitting 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review


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Needless to say, the only vehicle that is faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo… is well, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. With more power under the hood at 550 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne Turbo S does the 60-mph sprint in an insane 4.3 seconds but it does come at a high price. It’s the most expensive vehicle on the list with a starting MSRP of $146,995 but does get a respectable 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Either way, if you’re looking to go really fast, in style and luxury, the Cayenne Turbo S reigns supreme in the SUV class.

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  • Csmith

    Why only include the 0-60 times? I think the 1/4 mile might be a better test overall instead of just the quick sprint, otherwise I thought the article was great.

  • MattieS

    Maybe they’re thinking in the span of red light to red light. . . . .

  • ColoradotoCali

    The X6 M is the fastest SUV – 0 to 60 in 4 seconds…not sure how you got your numbers on the Porsches

  • STI Turbo

    most cars here are european, and no one uses 1/4 mile times as benchmarks in europe so brands do not release this data.

  • worldbfree4me

    Nice, but there is no way I’d pay that for a Jeep. So, I suppose that Audi and the BMW present the best value proposition at least until the Porsche Maccan arrives!

  • Twinkledoodle

    why not? great interior and fast. best value out of these SUVs

  • Justin Wallace

    The fastest SUV is the Nissan Juke-R….

  • mcooper

    What about the fx50 at 5.0 seconds

  • Lame

    It’s distressing to see so many cars on a list of SUVs. Hardly any of these are actually Sport Utility Vehicles. Some of them appear to be the size of COMPACT cars.

  • frank

    I can’t believe the Toyota FJ didn’t make this list. They are incredibly quick.

  • Boris

    I’ve timed my slightly modified QX70S at 4.8

  • Bill

    Where is the Porsche Macan Turbo with the Sport Chrono package? It’s rated at 4.4 seconds, and should just sort of be made into the RS Q5…

  • Dino A

    Was the ML 63 AMG with the performance package or not? If not, i have destroyed every cayenne S i have ever raced…. this is before i put my Renntech chip in… after that its not even fair, i can take 911’s…

  • bcl187

    Put the HellCat Supercharge in the Grand Cherokee..it’ll smoke all of them. When Chrysler (jeep) starts supercharging or turbocharging their Vehicals…Game Over…hellcat engine 6.2 600+hp 600+ lb of torque ..not even Germans can screw with it. U gotta give Jeep it’s probs for the 6.4..the top five were either turbo or supercharged…once Chrysler starts bringing in the HellCat Enginr..again game over for all. I driven the new SRT GC…it’s handled and goes like a beast!

  • Mohammad Patrick Ročka

    I just got rid of my Jeep Grand Cherokee and replaced it with a Subaru Forester and an Audi Q5 and I could not be happier.
    My Subaru kicks but in quality, reliability, safety and off roading AWD
    My Audi Q5 TDI with over 400 ft/lbs of Torque and over 30 mpg out powers and out accelerates almost anything chrysler could even dream of.
    Jeep has good power & great off roading but quality, reliability and durability as well as safety all suck. Stupid issues like the A/C, the heater and stupid power windows falling into the doors because of the use of cheap plastic components all ruined the Jeep and chrysler brand to make me give up on all chrysler products after having owned 5 chryslers, from every decade since the 50’s except one.
    1. 1956 Plymouth Savoy w/ push button transmission
    2. 1973 Plymouth Fury III
    3. 1985 Dodge B150 Cargo Van
    4. 1997 Chrysler
    5. 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    oh and the notorious electrical issues that every chrysler will eventually have, sad, sad sad.

  • Mohammad Patrick Ročka

    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/chrysler-recalling-895000-suvs-short-circuit.html
    More Jeep Recalls for quality and safety.
    it doesn’t even matter what your SUV can or can not due if it is unsafe and keeps breaking.
    Stupid chrysler has ruined and destroyed Jeep, even before Mercedes and Fiat got involved, but if you check out FIAT’s history, things will probably only get worse

  • Nick

    There is a world of difference between a Cayenne S and a Cayenne Turbo S…about 130 horsepower to start.

  • NannerAirCraft

    Can’t wait for the Tesla Model X with dual motors to beat all of these cars probably with a less than 4 sec 0-60 time.

  • eddy

    Stfu

  • rico

    sorry to tell you but I just sold 650 hp 670 tq x5m , fastest car I had so far !! and I had gc 2006 srt beefedup and 3 other amgS , I beat new Ferrari California!!!!c with big SUV!!! niow I bought new GC SRT custom order but NIOT AS FAST I WANTED BUT ITS OK , I LIKE IT 4.5 -0-60 ,

  • RP

    : i got the BMW X6. Happy that my ride landed on the 3rd. I can’t wait for the Lamborghini Urus to arrive and conquer the 1st Spot as Fastest SUV in the planet 🙂

  • Beastmode

    I just bought the Lamborghini reventon is fast let me tell you. Very happy with my purchase fastest car I ever had.

  • Lucas

    Personally I think the new GMC yukon xl Denali should be added. Sure it’s 0-60 is 5.5 seconds but it’s also a much bigger SUV than any of these and I do not believe it is supercharged

  • DSM/SRT

    Why is the 1st generation Jeep Srt8 not on here. It launches much harder than the second generation Jeep Srt. There were stock ones that went 12.9 in the quarter on a cool day. With a simple $300-400 tune they can go 12.7 in the quarter mile. Turbo ones have went 9’s in the quarter mile. There are many that run low 10’s on stock trans and motor. I have a turbo on mine at 6psi of boost it goes 11.4 in the quarter mile also ( 650+ HP and 700 LB Ft+ on only 6 psi of boost). Stock motor and trans just has blue top solenoids. If they bring the Track Hawk Jeep game over for other suvs. Once tuners get to them there will be many daily driven 800 hp plus Jeeps. I have also test drove Bmw X5 M and it felt weak compared to the first gen Jeep srt8 in stock form. Without Launch control the X5 M feels much slower there is no snap of the line. Even with LC it is just little faster off the line than no LC but no hard snap.

  • Barky Von Schnauzer

    it’s been confirmed to have a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds. A full second off everyone else. lol!

  • Robert Hunt

    To bad the ZR2’s are not on this list oh wait they don’t even make them anymore mine has 74k I put a cold air intake and a flow master just counting I get to 5 look down I am going 60 mph I will have to take it to the drag way some day.

  • Sean Strack

    Not any more. Hail, the Tesla Model X SUV, doing 0-60 in 3.2 sec.

  • Unknown

    i have a nissan patrol with 1320 BHP under the hood

    any of you guys care to race ??