Top 10 Performance SUVs in 2024

Top 10 Performance SUVs in 2024

25 March 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Dodge Durango 2024

There was a time when sportiness was a concept associated only with aggressive-looking two-door cars. Some manufacturers began offering more mechanically daring sedans, and the same happened with family cars. Today's market revolves mainly around SUVs, and some manufacturers have seized the opportunity to develop spicier versions of their sports utilities.


To be honest with you, one must be careful when looking at performance SUVs. In most cases, we're only talking about aesthetic improvements. However, there are exceptions to the rule, and that's what we're discussing today. So, here's my top 10 list of performance mainstream SUVs for 2024.


10 – 2024 Hyundai Kona N Line


The Hyundai Kona gets a makeover for 2024, and I must say the result is quite impressive. In fact, there's only one downside since the brand hasn't unveiled an N version for this new generation yet. So, we're left only with the N Line version in terms of performance. It's powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The Kona isn't very heavy, which also makes it enjoyable to drive. However, we eagerly await the arrival of an N version.


9 – 2024 Mazda CX-30 GT Turbo


The Mazda CX-30 may not necessarily be a performance model, but we're compelled to place it in this category with the GT Turbo version. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, which is huge for an SUV of this size.


8 – 2024 Chevrolet Blazer


The Chevrolet Blazer might not be the sportiest SUV in the bunch, but it's one of the few models in its category still available with a V6 engine producing over 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.


7 – 2024 Kia EV6 GT


You might not hear it, but the Kia EV6 GT is definitely going to surpass you this year. The Korean manufacturer's SUV is equipped with multiple electric motors for a total power output of 576 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. This electrified missile is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 in less than 4.2 seconds, which is ridiculously fast.


6 – 2024 Ford Edge ST


As you probably know, the Ford Edge is nearing the end of its production, which is a shame because the model continues to be very popular today. Anyway, if you've always dreamed of getting yourself an Edge, now's the time or never. Moreover, why not opt for its ultimate version? The Ford Edge ST is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine that delivers 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.


4 – 2024 Ford Bronco Raptor


The Raptor family has grown significantly in recent years, now including the Bronco among its members. Instead of opting for a V8 like Jeep, Ford decided to offer its Bronco Raptor with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, which should ensure better longevity for the model. This engine provides a power output of 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.


3 – 2024 Jeep Wrangler 392


Jeep has decided to come back strong with its Wrangler 392 for 2024. As the name suggests, the model is equipped with a 392-cubic-inch engine. For those less familiar, this is a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Just remove the roof, the doors, and step on the accelerator to understand why the model is so popular. The Wrangler has always been a well-entrenched model, and Jeep clearly didn't need to offer such an extreme version, but the brand's engineers did it anyway. Not that I'm complaining.


2 – 2024 Ford Explorer ST


The letters ST (Sport Technologies) mean more than just symbols at Ford, as they signify real performance. In addition to a hardened braking system, the American manufacturer's SUV benefits from a host of improvements. However, the focus here is on the 3.0-liter Ecoboost V6 found under the hood of the Explorer ST. This engine delivers 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. This allows the American manufacturer's SUV to move with a lot of ease and agility. However, the model is quite heavy, and that's why it takes 6.0 seconds to reach 100 km/h, which is still far from slow.


1 – 2024 Dodge Durango Hellcat


When it comes to sports cars, the power-to-weight ratio is the key to success. However, this isn't necessarily the case for SUVs, which are always a bit heavier. Some manufacturers, like Dodge, have understood this, and that's why the brand's engineers simply fitted the largest engine from their catalog to the Durango. The model is already very interesting and functional. The R/T and SRT versions also offer interesting performance. Nevertheless, if you can afford it and want a ridiculously enjoyable vehicle to drive, you won't find anything better than the Dodge Durango Hellcat. It's powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to allow this 2.5-ton SUV to complete the 0-100 sprint in less than 4.0 seconds, which downright defies the laws of physics.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Chevrolet Blazer, Dodge Durango, Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco Raptor, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Wrangler, Kia EV6, Mazda CX-30

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier