Considering how big most of them are, SUV performance, meaning a powerful engine, is very important. With freeway merging lanes getting smaller and smaller and people driving faster than in the past, you need to be able to get up to the speed of the rest of traffic quickly. Everyone from Chevrolet to Toyota is making an SUV, so the market is very saturated and the sheer volume of choices makes finding the right one for you a difficult choice. Here are the five vehicles with the highest SUV engine performance.
The 2008 Yukon Denali SLE came standard with a 5.3L (350 cubic inch) engine that produced 320 horsepower and 340 foot pounds of torque. This engine package delivers 0 to 60 acceleration speeds of 8.6 seconds. This engine also delivered an impressive 19 miles per gallon on the freeway. This engine package is equipped with GM's cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel. The Yukon Denali was also available with an even bigger 6.2 liter (383 cubic inches) eight cylinder engine that delivered 380 horsepower and 415 foot pounds of torque.
The Jeep Cherokee is probably the longest running American-made SUV model. The Grand Cherokee is the larger and more powerful version of the Cherokee. This high performance SUV is available with a 360 horsepower eight cylinder 5.7 liter (360 cubic inch) engine. This engine also produces 390 foot pounds of torque and delivers a very impressive 19 miles per gallon on the highway.
The RAV4 is one of the smaller SUVs available on the market and doesn't come with a big, massively powered eight cylinder engine. However, the 3.5 liter (215 cubic inches) engine produces a very respectable 269 horsepower that delivers 0 to 60 acceleration times of 7.3 seconds. Even better, with the price of gas, the RAV4 six cylinder engine delivers a very impressive and satisfying 21 miles per gallon of combined fuel economy and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
Porsche has been known for high performance sports cars for decades. So it isn't surprising to find their Cayenne in a list of high performance SUV vehicles. The 4.3 liter (260 cubic inches) engine delivers 550 horsepower and 553 foot pounds of torque. These performance numbers deliver 0 to 60 acceleration speeds of five seconds. The 14 miles per gallon combined fuel mileage isn't the best available, but is still quite acceptable. One exciting feature of the Porsche Cayenne is that when it was reviewed, it went through the slalom course faster than a Jaguar and a Camaro.
The Ford Flex isn't a true SUV, but is classed as a crossover vehicle. The 3.5 liter (215 cubic inches) dual turbocharged engine delivers a whopping 355 horsepower and 350 foot pounds of torque. This engine package also delivers a very impressive 22 miles per gallon on the highway.
There are of course numerous other SUV's available on the market, but the models listed above deliver the most impressive SUV performance numbers.