Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Runner-Up: Porsche Cayenne Turbo

There's no question that German manufacturers have a long head start in this category, and traditionally, American truck makers competed here by throwing a big V8 in a little truck. Things have changed--nowadays they can offer the whole package. That's exactly what makes the Grand Cherokee SRT8 such a special example. If there's a more balanced and thoughtful execution of monster power and sticky tire grip, we haven't seen it--all for about half the price of the high-dollar German players. That it comes from a brand that's about slow-go all-terrain crawling, makes its existence more special. However, if money was no object, Porsche's twin-turbo (maybe not a surprise to many) does the best job of weaving power output with chassis control and response.



Factory Power Runners
Vehicle BMW X5 AWD Cadillac Escalade AWD Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS AWD
Base price $55,275 $58,330 $34,090
Wheelbase, in 115.5 116 113
Engine 4.8L DOHC V-8 6.2L OHV V-8 6.0L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 4-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.4 6.5 5.6
Horsepower, SAE 350 403 395
Torque, SAE 350 417 400
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head Dual, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 275/40R20 F; 315/35R20 R 265/65R18 255/50R20
Fuel cap, gal 22.5 26 22
Fuel econ, city/hwy 14/19 12/18 12/16
Max pass 7 7 5
Curb weight, lb 5335 5665 4550
GVWR, lb 6527 6700 6000
Payload, lb 1150 1100 1450
Towing, lb 6000 8000 6600
Vehicle GMC Sierra Denali AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 AWD Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 4WD
Base price $42,325 $41,420 $87,425
Wheelbase, in 143.5 109.5 114.7
Engine 6.2L OHV V-8 6.1L OHV V-8 6.3L DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 7-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.2 4.8 4.5
Horsepower, SAE 403 420 503
Torque, SAE 417 420 465
Airbags Dual, head Dual, head, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL AMG
Tires 275/55R20 255/45R20 F; 285/40R20 R 295/40ZR20
Fuel cap, gal 26 20.8 25.1
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/18 11/14 11/14
Max pass 5 5 5
Curb weight, lb 5383 4819 5093
GVWR, lb 6800 6000 6000
Payload, lb 1500 1150 1000
Towing, lb 8600 3500 7000
Vehicle Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4WD Range Rover Sport S/C 4WD Saab 9-7x Aero AWD
Base price $94,595 $71,950 $41,935
Wheelbase, in 112.4 108 113
Engine 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 4.2L SOHC SC V-8 6.0L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-spd auto 6-speed auto 4-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 4.9 6.7 6
Horsepower, SAE 500 390 390
Torque, SAE 516 410 400
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 275/45R20 275/40R20 225/50R20
Fuel cap, gal 26.4 23.2 22
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/19 12/18 12/16
Max pass 5 5 5
Curb weight, lb 5192 5500 4950
GVWR, lb 6500 6800 6000
Payload, lb 1300 1100 1300
Towing, lb 7000 7718 6500
Vehicle Toyota Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner 2WD    
Base price $24,730    
Wheelbase, in 127.2    
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6    
Transmission 6-speed man    
0-60 mph, sec 6.1    
Horsepower, SAE 236    
Torque, SAE 266    
Airbags Dual    
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, 4WAL    
Tires 255/45R18    
Fuel cap, gal 21    
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20    
Max pass 4    
Curb weight, lb 3735    
GVWR, lb 4600    
Payload, lb 910    
Towing, lb 5000