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Luxury SUVs with the Most Horsepower for 2024

These are the luxury SUVs ranked by their maximum horsepower based on iSeeCars' analysis of all new and used models within the last 5 years.

The luxury subcompact SUV with the most horsepower is the BMW X1 (312 hp), with the Jaguar F-PACE being the luxury small and compact SUV with the most horsepower (542 hp). The Porsche Cayenne ranks #1 for the luxury midsize SUVs with the most horsepower (650 hp).

The luxury large SUV with the most horsepower is the Cadillac Escalade-V ESV (682 hp) and the luxury crossover SUV with the most horsepower is the Porsche Cayenne (650 hp). Topping the list for the luxury three-row SUVs with the most horsepower is the Cadillac Escalade-V ESV (682 hp), while the BMW XM ranks first for the luxury hybrid SUVs with the most horsepower (738 hp).

The luxury plug-in hybrid SUV with the most horsepower (PHEV) is the BMW XM (738 hp), with the Tesla Model X being the luxury electric SUV with the most horsepower (1,020 hp). The Cadillac Escalade-V ESV ranks #1 for the luxury 7-seater SUVs with the most horsepower (682 hp).

The electric luxury 7-seater SUV with the most horsepower is the Rivian R1S (835 hp), which is also the electric luxury 7-seater SUV with the most horsepower. Topping the list for the luxury 5-seater SUVs with the most horsepower is the Porsche Cayenne (650 hp), while the Lincoln Aviator ranks first for the luxury 6-seater SUVs with the most horsepower (400 hp).

The luxury 8-seater SUV with the most horsepower is the Land Rover Defender (518 hp).

Horsepower is one of many factors to consider when buying a luxury SUV. While horsepower plays a key role in defining how a luxury SUV drives it should not be the only consideration when choosing a model. In fact, if carrying a lot of people and/or cargo is among the primary duties a luxury SUV will serve, torque is actually a more important metric. Torque is what actually turns a vehicle’s wheels and provides forward (or reverse) motion. It has more influence than horsepower on how a vehicle drives at low speeds or when carrying a heavy load.

By the nature of their design electric vehicles provide instant torque immediately, which is why they feel so quick at low speeds compared to internal combustion engines that have to rev up from idle to achieve maximum power and torque. Generally speaking, torque is what moves a car at lower speeds while horsepower is what keeps it moving and accelerating at higher speeds.

Beyond the horsepower and torque numbers, buyers should consider how a luxury SUV’s power is delivered. Smaller, less expensive models often come standard with front-wheel drive while offering optional all-wheel drive. Larger, more expensive luxury SUVs can include standard front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive. Buyers seeking higher horsepower models should prioritize rear- or all-wheel drive, as these systems have an advantage over front-wheel drive when it comes to using that power.

Below you’ll find luxury SUVs broken out into nine categories and ranked by their maximum horsepower ratings. These lists also include maximum torque ratings, new and used car prices, fuel economy ratings, and cargo capacity for each model.

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How We Rank These Cars

The Cars with the Most Horsepower lists rank vehicles by their maximum horsepower.

The maximum horsepower is the highest horsepower across all trim levels for a given vehicle model. In the event there is a tie, we use iSeeCars proprietary rating of the overall quality of the car (iSeeCars Score) to break the tie.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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