10 Most Fun SUVs
It wasn’t so long ago that SUVs were at their most playful when surrounded by dirt, rocks and trees. Fast forward to 2017 and there’s just one off-road specialist on this year’s list of 10 Most Fun SUVs. If your idea of a good time lies somewhere down a dirt road, you might have better luck with a truck. If you’re more drawn to the concepts of speed, handling and driving feel, keep reading.
Already the best looking, most fun-to-drive entry in the fiery-hot compact SUV segment, the CX-5 is now even better looking after a complete reskin for 2017. The CX-5 doesn’t overwhelm you with power, but satisfies your soul with true Mazda driving feel.
Built on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz GLA subcompact SUV, Infiniti’s version boasts bolder styling and lower prices, both of which add to the fun. As this is written, the new-for-2017 QX30 has a starting Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price of just over $28,000.
Maserati’s first SUV is available in two flavors: 345 and 424 horsepower. Combined with a driver-adjustable damping system and electrically assisted hydraulic steering, the Levante drives more like a sport sedan than a sport utility.
Like Maserati, Jaguar also introduced its first SUV in 2017. Jaguar’s answer to segment stalwarts like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the F-Pace offers generous seating for five, excellent engines, solid road manners, strong all-wheel drive, stronger in-car tech and plenty of luxury and sport variation.
Mercedes’ new GLC Coupe combines the presence and ride height of an SUV with the sleek profile of a sports coupe. The Mercedes-AMG version ups the ante with 362 horsepower, performance-tuned all-wheel drive and a driver-adjustable suspension.
The muscle car of SUVs is packed with a big 475-horsepower V8 engine capable of propelling the track-tuned version of Jeep’s legendary, luxury-like off-roader to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.
With the genre-bending X6, BMW was among the first to bring “four-door coupe” design to the SUV. Lines get even blurrier when you 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 engine good for 577 horsepower, the GLE63 S Coupe is the most powerful entry on this list. The astounding 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.
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 worth driving over.
The kid brother in Porsche’s two-SUV lineup doesn’t just drive and feel more like a sports car than any other SUV on this list, it drives and feels like a Porsche.