Top 13 Best Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) & Performance

Sport Suv Cars – Many automakers are continually working to improve the fuel economy of their sport utility vehicles (SUVs), typically by installing hybrid or electric powertrains. On the other hand, there is a segment of the market that has moved in the complete opposite way, with automakers attempting to produce these enormous, utilitarian workhorses at the highest possible rate of speed.

2022 Volkswagen ID4

The first electric car that Volkswagen has built from the ground up offers a level of practicality that is comparable to that of many of our favorite SUVs while also providing the familiar Volkswagen driving experience. The ID4’s battery, like that of many other electric vehicles, is installed in the floor, which lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity. You’ll clearly sense this in the way the ID4 zips through turns. We are thrilled that Volkswagen has been able to successfully adapt their sporty personality into an all-electric SUV.

Porsche Taycan Cross-Tourer

Forget sporty. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that has all of the handling characteristics that one anticipates from a genuine Porsche, in addition to the instantaneous response that comes from having an electric motor. In the form of an SUV, the Cross Turismo brings the driving dynamics of the 911 to the table. The Taycan Cross Turismo’s limited range, which can be as little less than 200 miles at its farthest point, is our primary gripe with the vehicle, but the driving experience is exhilarating while it lasts.

Mazda CX-5

Even in their sport utility vehicles, we know we can count on Mazda to show us a good time. Since its beginnings, the CX-5 has been noted for its agile, carlike handling, and it continues to be a great choice for enthusiasts looking for an SUV that is reasonably priced. The refreshed CX-5’s allure is increased by features such as standard all-wheel drive and a nicer cabin, yet the vehicle’s back seat and load area are rather small in comparison to those of some of its rivals.

Hyundai Kona N

The amazing mechanical components of Hyundai’s Veloster N and Elantra N have been transplanted into Hyundai’s nimble and maneuverable Kona N variant of their compact SUV. Because of its adjustable suspension, steering, and exhaust systems, the Kona N can rapidly transform from a practical family hauler to a competitive racer on the track. It is one of the best sporty SUVs that can be purchased for a minimal amount of money and it is both affordable and aggressive.

Genesis GV70

The brand-new Genesis GV70 for 2022 was our pick for the coveted title of SUV of the Year, and it did so for a number of reasons, one of the most important of which is the way it drives on the road. The GV70 is based on the same chassis as the G70 performance sedan, and this is evident in the manner in which it tackles curves; the driver receives good feedback and control, yet the ride itself remains comfortable and civilized. It’s luxurious, sporty, and fun—three characteristics that are typically incompatible with SUVs, but this one has them all in spades.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The fact that Ford chose to sell an electric SUV as a Mustang is a move that will be discussed for years to come. Regardless, we admire that Ford made the Mach-E live up to the standards set by the Mustang moniker. The Mach-E is a lot of fun to drive through the curves, especially in the strong performance-oriented GT variants, which can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 4.0 seconds and deliver a range of 260 miles. Sure, it’s quick; most electric vehicles are these days.

Chevrolet Blazer RS

The RS is Chevrolet’s most athletic iteration of the Blazer, and it’s an excellent example of how the Camaro brand can be successfully transferred to an SUV. It has the most impressive handling of any Blazer thanks to its 308-horsepower V-6 engine, its faster steering, its one-of-a-kind suspension tuning, and its all-wheel-drive system, which is supplemented by a torque-vectoring rear axle. The Camaro-inspired appearance, which is carried over into the inside of the vehicle, offers a visual promise that the Blazer RS fulfills.

BMW X6 M

Even though this large fastback bruiser isn’t exactly the most practical of SUVs, it absolutely merits a mention because the performance-oriented X6 M is one of the most sporty SUVs available. You get all the performance you could ask for with 600 horsepower (617 with the Competition package), but the precise steering and awesome brakes are what really put the X6 M on the map. You can build up a lot of speed, carry it through the curves, and quickly scrub it off, which is not at all what we expect from something this massive.

BMW X2 M35i

BMW X2

You must have known that there would be a BMW in one of these places, right? The X2 could use a bit more inside room — in reality, it’s more of a cross between a hot hatchback and a tiny SUV—but it sure is a blast to pilot. Although it is possible to classify any version of the X2 as a sport utility vehicle, the X2 M35i with its turbocharged engine and 302 horsepower, is the one to get if you are looking for the most excitement.

The all-wheel drive system comes as standard equipment on this diminutive BMW, which not only contributes to the vehicle’s impressive power output but also enhances the driving experience through the bends and makes it more stable in adverse conditions.

Cupra Formentor

BMW X2

Although there are a remarkable number of models in the Cupra Formentor range, not one of them is lacking in the sporting ability department. The Formentor can be specified with a ferocious 2.0-liter gasoline engine, much like a good number of other quick Volkswagen Group automobiles, such as the Volkswagen Golf R, the Audi S3, and the Cupra and VW SUVs that are located elsewhere on this list.

This engine, in its most potent configuration, generates 306 horsepower, which is sufficient for a 0-62 mph pace that is less than five seconds.

Ford Puma ST

2019 FORD PUMA ST Line 04

The Ford Puma ST is by far the most affordable vehicle on this list; nonetheless, it has every right to be included due to its outstanding performance. The Puma ST is just as good to drive as its predecessor, the dazzling Ford Fiesta ST, which was our favorite hot hatchback up until the arrival of the Hyundai i20 N. However, the Puma ST adds a boost of practicality that is very welcome.

Tesla Model Y

2022 Tesla Model Y long-range

If we asked you to guess what automobile has the fastest acceleration in the world, it’s understandable if you guessed a McLaren or perhaps a Bugatti. You’d be forgiven for making that assumption. However, Tesla currently holds that illustrious distinction, and despite the fact that the Model Y Performance SUV is not quite as quick as the Model S Plaid sedan, it is still capable of giving supercars a run for their money. In exactly the same amount of time as a Ferrari Portofino, the Tesla Model Y Performance will accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio base-rwd

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is essentially a jacked-up sports car with five seats and a large trunk. Its gorgeous bodywork is combined with a Ferrari-derived V6 engine to create a formidable combination. If you choose the Alfa Romeo over one of its competitors like the Porsche Macan, BMW X3 M, or Jaguar F-Pace SVR, you will be a part of a relatively small group of people who have made this decision.

The interior was the primary focus of the improvements that were made in the year 2020 because this was the area in which the Stelvio lagged behind its many rivals. The level of material quality as well as the infotainment system have both been improved, but the 503-horsepower V6 engine has remained unchanged. The Alfa SUV can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 176 miles per hour with this engine.