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SUVs with the Most Horsepower for 2024

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

The subcompact SUV with the most horsepower is the MINI Countryman (312 hp), with the Jeep Cherokee being the small and compact SUV with the most horsepower (270 hp). The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ranks #1 for the midsize SUVs with the most horsepower (470 hp).

The large SUV with the most horsepower is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer L (510 hp) and the crossover SUV with the most horsepower is the Ford Explorer (400 hp). Topping the list for the three-row SUVs with the most horsepower is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer L (510 hp), while the Toyota Sequoia (hybrid) ranks first for the hybrid SUVs with the most horsepower (437 hp).

The plug-in hybrid SUV with the most horsepower (PHEV) is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Plug-in Hybrid) (375 hp), with the Tesla Model X being the electric SUV with the most horsepower (1,020 hp).

Today’s most powerful SUVs provide supercar-like acceleration and top speed while retaining a modicum of off-road ability and SUV practicality. Luxury models from high-performance brands, like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Bentley Bentayga Speed, Ferrari Pursangue, and Lamborghini Urus, are among the fastest SUVs you can buy. Buyers less worried about cargo space can buy coupe-like models, featuring a lower, more aggressive roofline, such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT.

These SUVs typically feature a twin-turbo or supercharged engine sending power through an automatic transmission and advanced all-wheel-drive system. Models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid supplement their twin-turbocharged V8 engines with an electric motor. These hybrid powertrains deliver increased lb-ft of torque, with the plug-in hybrid versions even offering short all-electric driving ranges.

Some of today’s quickest SUVs feature an electric drivetrain, including the Tesla Model X Plaid and Ford Mustang Mach-E. These electric SUVs lack the muscle-car-like exhaust rumble found in V8 models like Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but they can still get from zero to 60 mph faster than many sports cars.

Remember that while horsepower gets more attention, torque is what actually turns a vehicle’s wheels and provides forward (or reverse) motion. 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.

Below you’ll find the most powerful SUVs in 18 categories, ranked by their maximum horsepower. These lists also include new and used car pricing, fuel efficiency ratings, and cargo volume specifications 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

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

Value Retention

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

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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