Winner: Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Runner-Up: BMW X6 M

The (we hope temporary) lack of an SRT-motivated Grand Cherokee means this category was guaranteed to have a new champ. These aren't rational vehicles. They aren't known for towing capacity or off-road capability. They're about going fast and having fun. This year, the winner is the 500-horsepower Porsche Cayenne Turbo. This SUV is the most Porschelike one to date, which means power delivery is fluid and quick, handling is phenomenal, and there's no shortage of horsepower or torque. It's not exactly affordable, but what better way is there to have the fun of driving a Porsche while lugging a boat or driving off-road?


Factory Power Runner
Vehicle Acura ZDX BMW X6 M Cadillac Escalade AWD GMC Sierra Denali AWD
Price w/hi-po opt $57,055 $90,075 $66,660 $47,640
Wheelbase 108.3 in 115.5 in 116.0 in 143.5 in
Engine 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.4L DOHC TT V-8 6.2L OHV V-8 6.2L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 6.5 sec 4.5 sec 6.4 sec 6.2 sec
Power, SAE 300 hp 555 hp 403 hp 403 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 500 lb-ft 417 lb-ft 417 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr,side,f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/50R19 275/40R20 F; 315/35R20 R 265/65R18 265/65R18
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 22.5 gal 26.0 gal 26.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 12/17 mpg 13/18 mpg 12/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 4 8 5
Curb weight 4450 lb 5350 lb 5700 lb 5400 lb
GVWR 5500 lb 6261 lb 7300 lb 7000 lb
Payload 1050 lb 911 lb 1600 lb 1600 lb
Towing 1500 lb 6000 lb 8100 lb 9300 lb
 
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 4WD Porsche Cayenne Turbo Range Rover Sport S/C 4WD Toyota Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner 2WD
Price w/hi-po opt $93,465 $105,775 $75,395 $26,545
Wheelbase 114.7 in 114.0 in 108.0 in 127.4 in
Engine 6.2L DOHC V-8 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 5.0L DOHC S/C V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 7-speed auto 8-spd auto 6-speed auto 6-speed man
0-60 mph, sec 4.5 sec 4.3 sec 5.9 sec 6.1 sec
Power, SAE 503 hp 500 hp 510 hp 236 hp
Torque, SAE 465 lb-ft 516 lb-ft 461 lb-ft 266 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Front, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 295/40R20 265/50R19 275/40R20 255/45R18
Fuel cap 25.1 gal 26.4 gal 23.3 gal 21.1 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 11/15 mpg 15/22 mpg 12/17 mpg 15/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5 4
Curb weight 5100 lb 5050 lb 5850 lb 3850 lb
GVWR 6349 lb 6500 lb 6889 lb 4700 lb
Payload 1249 lb 1450 lb 1039 lb 850 lb
Towing 7200 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb