Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Runner-Up: BMW X6 M

These aren't rational vehicles. They aren't know for towing capacity or off-road capability. They are about going fast and having fun. By far, the best value for the money here is the SRT version of the Grand Cherokee. At $44,000, it's the second cheapest here--and its 6.1-liter V-8 puts out 420 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. And, if you do need some sort of real utility in your performance vehicle, it can carry gear and will tow 3500 pounds.

If money is no object (or at least less so), and if you don't mind the controversial styling, BMW's X6 M has 555 horsepower, 500 pound-feet of torque, and absolutely phenomenal handling.

Factory Power Runner
Vehicle Acura ZDX w/Advance Tech BMW X6 M Cadillac Escalade AWD
Price w/hi-po opt $56,855 $89,875 $65,995
Wheelbase 108.3 in 115.5 in 116.0 in
Engine 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.4L DOHC TT V-8 6.2L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.5 sec 4.5 sec 6.4 sec
Power, SAE 300 hp 555 hp 403 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 500 lb-ft 417 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/50R19 275/40R20 F; 315/35R20 R 265/65R18
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 22.5 gal 26.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 12/17 mpg 12/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 4 7
Curb weight 4462 lb 5324 lb 5690 lb
GVWR 5500 lb 6261 lb 7300 lb
Payload 1000 lb 937 lb 1610 lb
Towing 1500 lb 6000 lb 8100 lb

Who would you choose as your 2010 Best in Class Factory Power Runner?

  • Acura ZDX w/Advance Tech
  • BMW X6 M
  • Cadillac Escalade AWD
  • GMC Sierra Denali AWD
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
  • Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 4WD
  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
  • Range Rover Sport S/C 4WD
  • Toyota Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner 2WD
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