10 Most Fun SUVs

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10 Most Fun SUVs

As SUVs have morphed from rugged and truck-based to comfortable and car-like, the extreme end of the genre has moved from muddy mountain trails to winding mountain roads. Here are the 10 most grin-inducing SUVs available today as chosen by the KBB.com editors, including at least a couple that still shine brightest when rolling in the dirt.

No entry in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment is more fun to drive -- on asphalt, at least -- than Mazda's all-new CX-3.

While the Mazda CX-3 is the segment’s on-road entertainment champion, the Jeep Renegade is the subcompact SUV to have when the going gets rough. It’s also the most affordable entry on this list.

Part subcompact luxury SUV, part extra-hot hatchback, the AMG version of Mercedes’ small GLA is a tightly wound terrier of a utility vehicle that’s at its very best when driven hard. 

The muscle car of SUVs is packed with a big, 475-horsepower V8 engine capable of propelling the track-tuned version of Jeep’s luxurious off-roader to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

We’ve driven the multidimensional Range Rover Sport on curvy mountain roads, through deep water, across loose sand and even on a runway at 145 mph, and we’ve had a blast every time.

The genre-busting X6 mixes SUV presence with sportier, coupe-like design. Add the letter M and it evolves into a 567-horsepower monster capable of running to 60 mph in a blistering 4.0 seconds while delivering the kind of on-track grins typically associated with traditional performance cars.

Boasting a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo handbuilt AMG V8 good for 577 horsepower, the GLE63 S Coupe is the most powerful entry on this list. That output alone might be enough to qualify it for inclusion here, but the most extreme version of Mercedes’ new GLE Coupe is also just as eager to carve a canyon as it is to dominate a stoplight drag race.

The uber Q5’s 354-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is among our favorite engines of all time, delivering gobs of power right on cue, and with a ballerina’s grace.

One of the most renowned rock-crawlers of all time, the multitalented Wrangler also doubles as a fun-loving convertible cruiser when there aren’t any fallen trees or boulders to traverse.

The smaller and newer entry in Porsche’s two-SUV lineup doesn’t just drive and feel more like a sports car than any other car on this list, it drives and feels exactly like the Porsche it is.

 

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