The SUV market has expanded significantly in recent decades. These cars are suitable for a wide range of drivers because each generally has better cargo space and seating area than smaller sedans. However, speed is an area where SUVs generally don’t excel.
The average SUV can hit 60 mph in about 7 or 8 seconds, although larger SUVs tend to be slower. There are a few exceptions to the rule, many of which you’ll find in the luxury and electric segments. Let’s take a look at the fastest SUVs you can buy today.
5.2023 Dodge Durango
TrueCar says the most popular Dodge Durango is the one equipped with the 360-hp V8 and RWD. The Durango also offers two other V8s, one of which is supercharged and makes 710 hp. However, this is only available for the SRT model, which typically costs upwards of $80,000.
The R/T Premium trim is $20,000 cheaper and offers added niceties like Nappa leather padding and an exclusive Harmon Kardon audio system. All three rows have enough legroom and headroom to accommodate most adult passengers, and front-seat passengers enjoy heated seats. Gas mileage predictably isn’t the greatest, giving it an average of 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
4. Porsche Cayenne 2023
According to Porsche, the Cayenne with the base turbo-V6 can hit 60 mph in just under 6 seconds. The Cayenne S is a second quicker, powered by a 434-hp twin-turbo V6. The other three models offer a twin-turbo V8 under the hood, making 626 hp in the Turbo GT model.
When equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it produces 631 hp and can hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne is also available as a PHEV that has between 13 and 27 miles of range. The E-Hybrid starts at $86,500 and can potentially hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
3. 2022 Lamborghini Urus
The Lamborghini Urus is even more expensive, with an average starting cost of $237,721. When car and driver tested the Urus, hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Every Urus comes with a twin-turbo V8 capable of making 657 hp and a top speed of 190 mph.
Fuel economy is poor with an estimated 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Still, the Urus also offers a pleasant engine note and satisfying handling thanks to carbon ceramic brakes and a standard air suspension.
2. 2023 Aston Martin DBX
The DBX is relatively cheaper than the Urus and a bit more efficient. Standard models are powered by a 542-hp twin-turbo V8 that promises 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. More importantly for thrill seekers, it also promises a top speed of 181 mph and a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds.
The Aston DBX707 claims to hit 60mph in just 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 193mph. Aston Martin It also says that this model comes with standard Pirelli racing tires and an upgraded suspension.
1. 2022 Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X Plaid is currently the fastest SUV you can buy, reportedly hitting 60mph in just 2.5 seconds. It also has a whopping 1,020 hp on tap and 333 miles of electric range, though that will naturally drop under heavy acceleration.
Plaid models start at least $20,000 on top of the $122,190 MSRP. Despite its triple-digit price, it still doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Tesla X Dual Motor is also faster than most SUVs, claiming to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It also gets up to 348 miles of electric range, and its powertrain makes a combined 640 hp.