SUVs come in all different styles and levels of performance. Whether you need one to handle towing tasks, climb mountainous roads, or just want to drive one that has the power of a sports car, you have a variety of choices. People love and drive SUVs for various reasons. Some people just like the higher-up seating for driving, others love the spaciousness they give you for toting kids, groceries, sports gear, as well as passengers. Other drivers, love their SUV for its ability to easily tow things: a boat, a kayak, bikes, a camper, jet skis, among many other types of vehicles and equipment. You want a high performance SUV to handle all that you need it to, and there are a number of high performing SUVs on the market, some ranking better than others. If you are interested in the top performing SUVs, then keep reading to find out what the most powerful SUVs in America for 2017 are.
10. Land Rover Range Rover Sport – 550 hp
Range Rover has been one of the most popular in way of Sport Utility vehicles for many years. The 2017 Range Rover Sport for 2017 has been listed as one of the most powerful SUVs on the road today. It is an equal blend of luxury and performance with the SVR model giving you the most power at 550 hp and 501 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0 liter, V-8 engine with automatic transmission. The vehicle takes you from 0-60 in five seconds, and you will experience flawless on-road driving action when behind the wheel. For those who want the diesel model, you’ll be pleasantly surprised about the quietness of the engine compared to other diesel powered engines. New features and luxuries have been added to this model, and all give you the highest level of quality and technology you want and expect. Safety features include, surround-view camera, parking sensors, parking assist. automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and much more. The Range Rover Sport gets lots of positive reviews from owners, and is highly recommended for its superior performance.
9. Land Rover Range Rover – 510 hp
The Land Rover Range Rover is in a class of few others that compare to its luxury and performance. Anything less, it totally blows away, in way of what this vehicle can do on the road, for its price. The SUV still retains its upright, and boxy outer look, though they toned the edges down quite a bit, making it a bit softer and curvier in design. The LWB, V-8 model gives you 510 hp and 461 pounds-feet of torque when running at 2,500 rpms, and handles amazingly well on any road, curved, mountainous roads, or straight, flat highways. Comfort and performance go hand-in-hand with the Land Rover, with interior luxurious that were meant to pamper you. The latest innovated technology has been incorporated into the vehicle, and it is loaded with safety features to help keep you safe on the road, such as, automated parking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and headlights that adapt and swivel in the direction of your turn. This is one of the most powerful SUVs on the road today, and one of the highest rated by owners.
8. BMW X6 M
BMW is one of the top selling automakers in the world. They are known for their high quality, top performing luxury automobiles and the BMW X6 M, is just another one in their line of SUV’s that hit the market this year. It is a 4-door, 5-seat Sport Utility vehicle that is equipped with a 4.4L, 8-cylinder engine and automatic transmission engine, which gives you a lot of horsepower, 567 hp to be exact, which means you’ve got a lot of, get-up-and-go when you need it. Pulling a boat, trailer or anything else behind this powerful SUV is nothing, when you have the kind of haul this SUV gives you, all while keeping the comforts and luxury of the interior, all up to BMW’s high standards. This SUV is stylish and sporty, with killer looks that will be making heads turn. One downfall to this newest BMW SUV line, is there is little trunk room compared to other SUV’s, if that is something that you look for and need in a Sport Utility. As far as MPG with the X6 M, you get a return of 19-mpg on the highway, and 14, in the city.
Yes, BMW is still designing and manufacturing top of the line, high performance, and totally posh vehicles. Their SUV lineup includes the X5 M model that gives you more power on the road with the turbocharged 4.4-liter, V-8 engine, rated at 567 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque. It is an 8-speed automatic transmission, and it can take you from 0-60 in only 4.0 seconds, which if you can believe, is faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, also on the list of the most powerful SUVs on the road today. The BMW X5 M’s fuel efficiency gives you 14 in-city mpg, and 19 on the highway. Inside the vehicle, the features are all high-end, with front seat memory setting, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, rearview camera and online services. The iDrive infotainment system is operated on the central 10.2 inch touchscreen, meaning you have everything you need to control, conveniently at your fingertips and easy to read. Safety features are all around you in the X5 M, and upgraded packages on many features, are also available. It is a powerful SUV, and one of the most luxurious as well.
6. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 570 hp
Everyone knows that anything built by Porsche has got to be spectacular, and the Cayenne Turbo S is nothing less than spectacular. Truly one of the most beautiful and most powerful SUVs in the world, with 570 hp, the Cayenne gets all its power from its twin-turbocharged engine, and takes you from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, all while the sport-tuned air suspension keeps the vehicle firmly planted to the road, whether on or off a race track. The vehicle seats five and is roomy, and loaded with luxurious features and materials inside the cabin, such as posh leather seats, a power lift gate feature, heated front seats, navigation system, remote keyless entry and much more. Take the road with confidence in the Porsche Cayenne, and get all the power you want from a high end, powerful SUV.
5. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes AMG GLS – 577 hp
A well-known leader in luxury automobiles, Mercedes always takes luxury, power and prestige to a new level in every model they make. The AMG GLS, SUV is one of the most powerful SUVs on the road today with its twin-turbo charged V-8 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission that delivers 577 hp, which means that you can tow up to 7,500 pounds of anything with this vehicle. This is a 7-passenger SUV that gives you a lot of room inside to haul a lot of cargo on the inside, from passengers to groceries, luggage and more. For the most space, lay the third row seating down and take advantage of more interior space. The exterior has been revised and the interior, updated to include more features for the utmost comfort in driving. It is one of the most powerful SUVs on the road today and only compares to few others in its class.
4. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes GLE Coupe – 577 hp
The Mercedes GLE Coupe is a product of the manufacturer’s desire to restructure the names of their vehicles within their classes. The GLE Coupe is really a crossover of both the auto company’s coupe style automobiles, in that it handles like that of a coupe, or sedan, while giving you all the room and space of an SUV. The GLE Coupe is one of the most powerful SUVs in the world. It gives you an impressive 577 hp with the designated 5.5-liter, V-8 engine for excellent power. The overall size of the GLE Coupe is about a half foot longer than its related, GLC Coupe, and a few inches taller. Its performance is based on the vehicle’s on-and-off-road capabilities, while the GLC Coupe is all about its efficiency and style. The vehicle is well-balanced and agile for its size and weight, and inside the cabin, you get a lot of nice features, such as diamond-styled leather and thick, leather steering wheel for optimum gripping, however, there is a lack of back space with the sloping roofline that has been said to eat up some of the space. Overall, if you need power for towing or just better driving power overall, the GLE Coupe supplies it.
3. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes AMG GLE – 577 hp
This is not only a handsome looking SUV, but powerful and sound with its efficiency. It runs on a V-6 engine that gives you 577 hp that can handle towing up to 7,200 pounds, and for the price and power you get, you can’t beat it. Mercedes always includes some of the best features in their automobiles to give you comfort, sophistication and performance. This model was designed with two rows of seating and lots of safety and luxury features, including a panoramic sunroom, Haran/Kardon audio system, a set of multicontour front seats with massage function that heat and are ventilated, a 360-degree view camera system, auto parking assist with parking sensors and ambient lighting inside. Without ta doubt, this is one of the most luxurious and high performance SUVs anywhere in the world.
2. Bentley Bentayga – 600 hp
If you have ever heard the name Bentley, then you know that it is only associated with the most luxurious automobiles on the road. Bentley has long been making the most top of the line luxury cars, and the Bentley Bentayga is no different. This is the automaker’s SUV of 2017, and it is of course, a tall version of a Bentley, at 68.6 inches high, and weighs nearly 5400 pounds. It still carries the infamous large Bentley grill that is so recognizable, and wide in its body design. This SUV is the second most powerful SUV in the world giving you 600 hp from its 12-cylinder engine, situated in the vehicle’s nose. On the inside, the pristine interior comes in three different two-tone layouts to choose from. The automaker still uses physical gauges and real needles to read, set behind a sheet of mineral glass as opposed to plastic on all other vehicles. The performance however, on this vehicle is outstanding and you can expect to pay about $160,000 for one.
1. Mercedes AMG G-Class – 621 hp
Another Mercedes falls on the list of the most powerful SUVs in the world, and this is the number one of the most powerful. It is a hard-core, off-road vehicle that boasts a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 621 hp, with 450 pound-feet of torque, and is an extremely high performing SUV. Although the rear cargo area is a bit smaller than other SUVs, the head room makes up for it, and anyone who is taller riding in the vehicle, will appreciate this. The AMG G-Class SUV is loaded with luxurious, high-tech features that Mercedes is known for, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, collision avoidance tech, rearview camera and much more. You will pay around $120,00 to start, with this SUV, but if you need this kind of power, and have the means, this might be the SUV for you, however, if fuel economy is something you need, this might not be the SUV for you. The mpg rating for this SUV is 11/13/12.