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Best Performance SUVs for 2024

These are the best performance SUVs based on iSeeCars' analysis of each vehicle's power to weight ratio

The best performance luxury small and compact SUV is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (8.5 weight-to-horsepower ratio), with the Dodge Durango being the best performance midsize SUV (7.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio). The Porsche Cayenne ranks #1 for the best performance luxury midsize SUVs (7.8 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

The best performance luxury large SUV is the Audi RS Q8 (9.3 weight-to-horsepower ratio) and the best performance crossover SUV is the Dodge Durango (7.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio). Topping the list for the best performance luxury crossover SUVs is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (8.5 weight-to-horsepower ratio), while the Dodge Durango ranks first for the best performance three-row SUVs (7.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

The best performance luxury three-row SUV is the Land Rover Range Rover (9.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio), with the Kia EV6 being the best performance electric SUV (7.8 weight-to-horsepower ratio). The Fisker Ocean ranks #1 for the best performance luxury electric SUVs (9.8 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

The best performance 7-seater SUV is the Dodge Durango (7.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio) and the best performance luxury 7-seater SUV is the Land Rover Range Rover (9.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio). Topping the list for the best performance 5-seater SUVs is the Dodge Durango (7.9 weight-to-horsepower ratio), while the Alfa Romeo Stelvio ranks first for the best performance luxury 5-seater SUVs (8.5 weight-to-horsepower ratio).

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How We Rank These Cars

The best performance cars rank vehicles by their weight-to-horsepower ratio.

The weight-to-horsepower ratio is calculated based on a vehicle's curb weight and horsepower at the trim level - the less weight one horsepower has to pull, the better performance a vehicle can provide. For cars with a ratio within 0.1 of each other, lighter vehicles always have the advantage in performance and are ranked to reflect that. For each vehicle, we also show the iSeeCars Score which rates the overall quality of a vehicle.

The 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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