10 SUVs that are awesome… on a paved road
Utility vehicles have been around for over a century. Ford came up with its very work-oriented vehicle in the 1920s. From then on, utility vehicles became the name of the game. The two world wars helped cement the use of utility vehicles, especially with the introduction of the Jeep Willys MB. From the end of World War II until today, utility vehicles have evolved into something very different.
The modern SUV craze started in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Bare-bones work trucks and SUVs gave way to more luxurious, comfortable, and fast vehicles. Some of the ridiculously powerful SUVs that will leave muscle cars in the dust are also miserable off-road. It’s true. Most of the latest SUVs made in recent years would crumble on a rough road.
ten 2003 Hummer H2
America is home to the largest trucks and SUVs in the world. Whether it’s Ford’s F-series or the massive Cadillac Escalade ESV, the markets for full-size pickups and SUVs are dominated by American automakers. However, the vehicle that epitomizes America’s opulence is not one of the usual suspects. The Hummer remains the epitome of America’s global dominance to this day.
Several celebrities couldn’t help but own a Hummer. Arnold Schwarzenegger is known to be an avid fan of GM’s hulking beast. He is the Terminator after all. Although the Hummer H2 is massive, it just can’t handle more than a city-maintained dirt road. Despite its 6.2-liter Vortec V8 and high ground clearance, the H2 is too heavy to maneuver on the most complex off-road paths.
9 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i
BMW was among the first mainstream automakers to launch an SUV. The X5 E53 was a real marvel as soon as it was announced. Offered with either a 3.0L M54 inline-six or a 4.4L M62 V8, BMW showed the public that it was possible to include the power of a sports car in a vehicle destined to be released. beaten paths. After 20 years on the market, the X5 has evolved into something much more robust.
The BMW X5 G05 is a formidable SUV that will satisfy its owner. The xDrive50i trim level comes with a stout 4.4-liter N63 twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 456 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. As well as being fast, the X5 xDrive50i is extremely luxurious. The SUV comes with all the bells and whistles a gearhead could ask for. Unfortunately, the $76,745 SUV doesn’t break out of the box.
8 2019 Lamborghini Urus
In 1986, Lamborghini owned the supercar scene with its Countach. In the same year, Lamborghini decided to obtain a public contract by offering its new LM002 SUV to the Ministry of Defense. Although the DoD moved forward with a different contractor, the LM002 officially became Lamborghini’s first super SUV. A few decades later, Lamborghini repeated the experience.
This time around, Lamborghini went straight for the jugular. To deliver the ultimate SUV, Lamborghini decided to pack a massive 4.0-liter twin-turbo FSI V8 that develops 641 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 627 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The Urus has a top speed of 190 mph. Despite having higher ground clearance than classic Lamborghini supercars, the Urus isn’t made for cruising the Rubicon trail.
seven Audi Q8 2021
It took Audi a while to jump on the SUV bandwagon. By entering the market in 2005 with the Q7, Audi ensured it had an SUV that would rival the Mercedes-Benz ML 500 and the 4.8L N62 V8-powered BMW X5. Audi’s gamble was successful, which encouraged the German manufacturer to deepen the SUV market.
Using the same platform as the Lamborghini Urus, the Audi Q8 is one of the latest SUVs launched by the German automaker worth considering. Equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L V6 TFSI developing 335 hp at 5,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 1,370 rpm. Although not tarred like the SQ8 and RS Q8, the Q8 is a great family vehicle that is perfect for navigating the paved roads of the Swiss Alps.
6 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat
The Dodge Durango made its first appearance in 1997. Although nowhere near as luxurious as its European counterparts, the Durango was nonetheless powered by quite respectable engines. The Durango was a breath of fresh air compared to the slow SN-95 Mustang and the utterly disappointing Chevrolet Camaro.
Since its introduction, the Durango has undergone several transformations. One of the latest iterations, the bizarre Durango Hellcat, is the baddest super SUV to ever roll off an American assembly line. As is well known among piston heads, the Durango Hellcat comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 that develops a staggering 710 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 640 lb-ft of torque at 4 300 rpm. While the Durango Hellcat is a monster on the track, nowhere is it as capable as an all-terrain Toyota 4Runner.
5 2021 Porsche Macan S
By the time the X5, Touareg and ML-Series were released, gearheads were eagerly wondering when Porsche would finally introduce its own version of the SUV. In 2003, the Cayenne was released. Following the huge success of the Cayenne, Porsche offered a smaller SUV named Macan. Targeting a different demographic, the Macan is nonetheless exceptional.
Porsche hit the nail on the head with the Macan S. Its beautiful curves and luxurious finishes will appeal to commuter moms and gearheads alike. As for power, the Macan S sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that develops 348 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 1,360 rpm. One look at the wheels will tell anyone that the Macan S is made for a sandy trail at best.
4 2022 Genesis GV80
In recent years, Genesis has shown its ability to design cars that are affordable and have decent power. The first generation Hyundai Genesis may not have been a huge hit, but it came best with a 5.0L Tau V8. Things didn’t stop there. A few years later, Genesis offered a 3.8-liter V6-powered coupe as powerful as some mid-range Japanese sports cars. After some success, Genesis entered the SUV market.
There are several things to know before buying the 2022 Genesis GV80. It is one of the first ultra-luxury SUVs to come out of South Korea. Like other Genesis cars, the GV80 comes with a variety of powerful engines, including a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 375 hp at 5,800 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 1,300 rpm. /min. While the Genesis can indeed handle some tough terrain, it’s nowhere near as modular as a Toyota Tacoma.
3 2022 Aston Martin DBX
The UK is home to some of the craziest car companies in the world. Whether it’s McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Aston Martin, there’s a luxurious and sporty British vehicle for everyone. In recent years, some of these companies have joined the SUV craze. As expected, the SUVs rolled off their respective assembly lines are incredibly luxurious and exclusive.
Aston Martin’s first SUV is far from a disappointment. Besides looking absolutely gorgeous, the DBX comes with Mercedes’ M177 twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that develops 542 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque at 2,200 rpm. However, the $185,900 SUV isn’t the kind of vehicle to take to demanding terrain.
2 2023 Range Rover SV Carmel Edition
Land Rover has been around since the end of World War II. Originally producing vehicles capable of navigating any type of rough terrain, Land Rover eventually changed its business model. Always designed for off-roading, the Land Rover range has become extremely luxurious. The emphasis had slowly but surely shifted towards comfort and exclusivity.
In recent years the Range Rover has reached a level of luxury that only a handful of gearheads can afford. Things got even crazier when the Carmel Edition was announced. Priced at $345,000, the Carmel Edition comes with all the features a piston head with a big wallet would ask for. Under the hood hides a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, the Range Rover SV Carmel Edition should never be driven off-road.
1 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
While American automakers are known for their gigantic SUVs, they tend to lack trim. Plastic and faux wood grain are standard. However, things have started to look up in recent years with the rise of American-made super-SUVs. Arriving late in the game, Cadillac did not fail to offer its fans an SUV that will impress.
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is a fast and huge $150,000 luxury SUV. Being the Durango Hellcat’s only domestic rival, the Escalade V features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that develops 682 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 653 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Although the Escalade V is one of the coolest Cadillacs ever made, the SUV is meant to be on a paved road.