18 Most Powerful Performance Cars For Under $50,000

Most people tend to think that true performance cars are out of reach of average buyers, but they are wrong. Even if you are not a millionaire, you can still experience high horsepower sports cars, cool muscle cars, brutal hot hatches or performance sedans. There are plenty of really exciting and high-powered cars on the market for the price of a well-equipped family sedan or mid-sized SUV. For $50,000 or less, there are numerous interesting choices with not only considerable power but with very advanced technology, drivetrain options, great looks and superb performance. As you will see, some of those cars are as fast, or even faster than couple-year-old supercars which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, it is obvious that we are living in the golden age of affordable performance since there are so many cars with these qualities available at the moment. That is why we have compiled the list of 20 best and most powerful cars you can buy for $50,000 and we have listed not only the most powerful vehicles but also the best performance cars for that kind of money. The idea was to introduce you not only to the vehicles with high horsepower rating, but also to the vehicles which can provide the most driving excitement and fun at an affordable price. So, let`s get straight to it.

Dodge Challenger R/T

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The legendary Dodge Challenger is a prime example of a true American muscle car. Available only as a coupe, Challenger comes with a wide arrange of powerful engines, from V6 to 707 hp supercharged V8. For $50,000 you won’t be able to buy the Hellcat version but the R/T Scat Pack is more than enough. For less than $40,000 MSRP you will get 485 hp and 6.4-liter Hemi engine, 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds, great looks and loads of style and street cred. You can choose between manual and automatic transmission.

Ford Focus RS

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The third generation Ford Focus is a pretty good compact car with good sales results all over the world. But RS version is an evil twin, with a fire-breathing turbocharged engine, 350 hp, intelligent all-wheel drive and brutal street racing looks. For just $36,000 you can drive one of the best hot hatches of all times, an unbelievably capable machine with real life usability and performance of a pure racing car. With a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and AWD traction, Focus RS is capable of embarrassing some high-priced exotics.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

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This is another great American muscle car with retro styling and enormous firepower under the hood. The Camaro features great chassis, performance tuned suspension, modern looking interior and famous Small Block V8 with 6.2-liters of displacement and 455 hp. The hardware is traditional but with a twist in form of modern electronics, driving models, and traction control. Available as a coupe or a stylish convertible, this Bowtie muscle car starts at only $37,000 which is very cheap considering that SS version can top 165 mph and sprint to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

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With an interesting design, upscale interior and advanced technology, the Q50 Red Sport is a very capable and fast performance sedan. Under the hood is a highly tuned 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 which delivers 400 hp. The base version has rear-wheel drive, but for some extra money, you can get all-wheel drive version with improved traction and acceleration figures. Speaking of which, the Red Sport needs only 4.6 seconds to launch itself to 60 mph. The base price is just below our limit at $47,000 and for that money, you can get a very appealing combination of luxury, prestige, and power.

Ford Mustang GT

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One of the best deals around for an affordable performance car, is the Ford Mustang GT. In its sixth generation, the Mustang is praised for its elegant design, new chassis, great handling and that sweet 5.0-liter V8. The Coyote V8 cranks 435 hp and helps send the new GT to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Besides the performance, Mustang is quite well equipped, comfortable and good looking. But the best thing is the price and the brand new 5.0 V8 Mustang is just $33,000 MSRP which makes it the best bang for your buck. For the price of an ordinary family sedan, you can get a potent, fast and good looking muscle car with 435 hp and a fantastic soundtrack from that V8 engine.

Volkswagen Golf R

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The Golf GTI was always the quintessential hot hatch and it still is one of the best around, but it’s just not powerful enough. For $36,000 you can get a pretty exclusive and brutally quick Golf R. The power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four which delivers 290 hp and send it to all four wheels through intelligent AWD system. Yes, we know that the price is pretty steep for a compact but this is not an ordinary Golf. This is the best of what Volkswagen has to offer in terms of technology, equipment, and performance. Also, compared to the other hot hatches on the market, the Golf R is a very elegant and stylish car.

Audi S4

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Performance sedan classic, the S4 is still one of the most interesting Audis you can buy. First, its compact dimensions make it very easy to drive. Second, the 3.0-litre supercharged engine delivers 352 hp and third, all that power is sent to all four wheels through Audi’s signature Quattro AWD system. And the last but not least, the base S4 comes with a 6-speed manual which will bring a smile to faces of all driving purists. In fact, if you want to keep the price under our limit, you will have to choose the manual because the base price is $49,500.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

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The smallest Mercedes available is also one of the most fun to drive thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, amazing 375 hp and four-wheel drive for improved traction and road holding. In fact, this is currently the most powerful four-cylinder engine in production which is an amazing achievement for Mercedes. The $49,500 compact sedan may not be the most comfortable car Mercedes produces, but it is among the quickest with 4.1 seconds 0 to 60 mph time which is brutally fast. The intelligent AWD system, great power, and precise steering make the CLA 45 AMG one of the best and most powerful cars in the class.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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One of the most popular performance bargains is the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Those letters have great recognition in the automotive world since they symbolize the highly tuned flat six engine, one of the best AWD systems on the market and brutal performance in the everyday package. For 2017, WRX STI has 305 hp from 2.5-liter engine and brutal acceleration figures. Thanks to all-wheel drive and automatic transmission, the WRX STI can achieve 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The best part is the price and you can have all that for just over $35.000

Mazda Miata

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The Miata’s power level is nothing special and 2017 model has 155 hp from its 2.0-liter four cylinder. But that is not the point. The point is that the Mazda Miata is one of the best sports cars around and equipped with all performance goodies it will cost you just above $30,000. So, what is the secret? The secret is Miata’s perfect construction, weight balance, and totally analog driving feel. This is something that enthusiasts have been craving for years and they finally got it in form of this small roadster. The popularity of this model just shows that you don’t need big horsepower numbers to have big fun.

Nissan 370 Z Nismo

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Despite the fact that 350 Z is not the newest model in compact sports car class, it is still among the best and fastest due to high-revving and naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with 350 hp and sharp handling by Nissan’s performance division Nismo. For $41,000 you will get a two-seater coupe with perfect handling, interesting design, and respectable performance. The 0 to 60 mph time is low 4 seconds range and its top speed is around 165 mph.

Ford Taurus SHO

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The Taurus SHO is a pretty unlikely performance sedan from Ford. The Focus RS and Mustang GT are stealing the headlines but those are not only fast and powerful cars in the current lineup. One of the more interesting is the SHO. Under a pretty ordinary body hides 3.5 liter EcoBoost turbo engine with 365 hp, all-wheel drive system, and quite significant performance potential. All that for $41,000 MSRP makes Taurus SHO a pretty good deal.

BMW M240i xDrive

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The attention of the automotive world is focused on the brutal BMW M2 but not a lot people know that you can have almost the same performance in the same car for far less money in form of the M240i equipped with state of the art AWD system. Under the hood, there is a turbocharged 3.0 liter straight six with 335 hp which propels the compact 2-Series to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The base price is just above $46,000 which is not cheap but cheaper than M2 and still almost equally as fast.

Chevrolet SS

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The Chevrolet SS is kind of a unicorn in the modern automobile industry. It is a classic sedan with great V8 power, rear wheel drive, and manual transmission. It is the purest form of performance sedan and the last of its kind. Despite the praises from the motoring press, the market was not so amused by its charms resulting in very modest sales numbers. However, you can still buy this car at $46,000 for which you will get 6.2-liter V8 with 415 hp, brutal acceleration, and perfect V8 soundtrack.

Dodge Charger R/T

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Just like the Challenger, Dodge Charger is inspired by the glorious muscle car era of the 60s. But in its latest incarnation, the Charger is a four door sedan, not a coupe. However, that doesn’t stop it from being a muscle car at heart and it has many performance versions, including the famous and terrifyingly powerful Hellcat. For less than $46,000 you can get the Charger R/T with 485 hp from 6.4-liter Hemi, nice equipment, great performance and muscle heritage.

Ford Raptor

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This one is a little bit controversial entry on our list but we have good reasons to include it. First, despite being a truck, this is a performance vehicle. Second, with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine delivering 450 hp this Ford is capable of pretty respectable acceleration figures (5.3 seconds to 60 mph). Third, with the base price of $50,000 it fits our limit, just barely. Fourth, Raptor is capable of achieving crazy speeds on rough terrain faster than any other stock car.

Cadillac ATS Coupe

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The ATS Coupe has started as a competitor to the BMW 4-Series coupe and it managed to achieve more due to great looks, luxury appointments, and best chassis in its class. There is a full performance edition called ATS-V but it is above our limit. For budget-minded enthusiasts there is ATS Coupe with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and 335 hp and great performance for just $47,000 which is significantly less than similar German cars from the same segment.

Honda Civic R

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The enthusiasts have waited for so long for this car and finally, here it is. The best performance Civic ever in form of the mighty R. The 2.0-liter four cylinder delivers 306 hp to the front axle over special and electronically controlled front differential. The rest of the car is equally high-tech with boy racer looks appropriate for a hot hatch. For the base price of around $35,000, this is the perfect hot hatch for all Japanese cars lovers out there.

18 Most Powerful Performance Cars For Under $50,000

Most people tend to think that true performance cars are out of reach of average buyers, but they are wrong. Even if you are not a millionaire, you can still experience high horsepower sports cars, cool muscle cars, brutal hot hatches or performance sedans. There are plenty of really exciting and high-powered cars on the market for the price of a well-equipped family sedan or mid-sized SUV. For $50,000 or less, there are numerous interesting choices with not only considerable power but with very advanced technology, drivetrain options, great looks and superb performance. As you will see, some of those cars are as fast, or even faster than couple-year-old supercars which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, it is obvious that we are living in the golden age of affordable performance since there are so many cars with these qualities available at the moment. That is why we have compiled the list of 20 best and most powerful cars you can buy for $50,000 and we have listed not only the most powerful vehicles but also the best performance cars for that kind of money. The idea was to introduce you not only to the vehicles with high horsepower rating, but also to the vehicles which can provide the most driving excitement and fun at an affordable price. So, let`s get straight to it.

1. Dodge Challenger R/T

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The legendary Dodge Challenger is a prime example of a true American muscle car. Available only as a coupe, Challenger comes with a wide arrange of powerful engines, from V6 to 707 hp supercharged V8. For $50,000 you won’t be able to buy the Hellcat version but the R/T Scat Pack is more than enough. For less than $40,000 MSRP you will get 485 hp and 6.4-liter Hemi engine, 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds, great looks and loads of style and street cred. You can choose between manual and automatic transmission.

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20 Most Anticipated Cars Of 2018!

It is safe to say that we are living in an automotive golden age. Never before were there so many new models, interesting design solutions, various car classes and this is just the beginning. To stay competitive, manufacturers present new ideas constantly and the car world is, at the moment, a very dynamic and interesting place. On the other hand, new markets all around the world inspired the industry to keep introducing new models and evolve on a daily basis. This is why the introductions of new concepts or production ready models are very interesting and we have compiled a full list of 20 new cars that will go on sale or be officially introduced in 2018. Here you can find various makes and models as well as a few cars that are expected to be announced next year. It looks like 2018 will be a very interesting and exciting year in the automotive industry so let’s get straight to it.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The new generation of Grand Cherokee is big news for 2018 since Jeep has started a big offensive on the global market. The new Grand Cherokee should introduce new levels of luxury, new engines, fresh and aggressive design and also significant off-road capabilities. Jeep is planning to put a new model against the luxury SUV giants like BMW X5 or Range Rover. The final design has not been revealed but it should look similar to outgoing models but more modern and aggressive. You can expect it to be on sale next year and official information should be released in late 2017.

Audi A6/A7

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The executive sedan segment is very hot at the moment with the new BMW 5-Series just being released, but there is more since Audi is getting ready to introduce the new A6 and A7 models. You can expect a new chassis built from aluminum, new and revised engines with more power, better fuel economy, and new design. Of course, since this is Audi, the design will not be revolutionarily different from the predecessor, but it will be aggressive and more dynamic than before. Due to Audi`s innovative technology and construction, the new A6 and A7 will have better driving dynamics and less weight.

Ford Focus

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The fourth generation of Ford’s global bestseller is big news for 2018. Official information along with the first photos should be revealed in late 2017 and first examples should be delivered to the customers in early 2018. For the last 20 years, Ford Focus has been among the best compact hatchbacks in the world and Ford is counting on continuing the success.

BMW X7

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We are sure that you are familiar with BMWs premium SUV, the great looking and handling X5. But, BMW wants to go a step further so an over-the-top full-size SUV is in works and it will be called X7. The design is typical BMW but the size, luxury, and dimensions will be more like Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GLS-Class and Range Rover. It is just one of several models BMW is planning for 2018.

BMW 3 Series

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Another important BMW model set for 2018 release is the all new Series 3. This is BMWs main and bestselling model. Despite being quite good and popular, it can’t hold its own against the new competitors in the form of the new Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac ATS and the rest. You can expect fresh design, a full range of new engines, hybrid option and innovative trim and equipment components.

Land Rover Defender

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The original Defender was discontinued in 2016 but Land Rover is not abandoning the idea of a rugged compact off-roader in its model lineup. The all-new and modern Defender is set for 2018 release and the global audience is very eager to see how the Land Rover will re-imagine the legend. The concept information has been released but wait for a year or so for the official presentation.

Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The battle of electric vehicles continues and Chevrolet has just announced the Bolt, a small, sub-compact fully electric car with a range of over 200 miles. This model is revolutionary since it is the first subcompact electric vehicle with sufficient range, decent comfort, and driving abilities. And, last but not least, there’s its affordable price. When it goes on sale in 2018, it could affect all other electric car manufacturers, especially the Tesla.

Buick Regal

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A new generation of Buick’s mid-size executive sedan is almost ready and it looks stunning. It is, of course, the same as the new Opel Insignia, but in Buick’s form. Regal will have more powerful engines, a higher level of luxury and better trim levels. You can expect late 2017 and early 2018 sales start, front and all-wheel drive options, turbocharged engines and lower price than the competitors.

Cadillac CT8

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Cadillac has already presented a very interesting and successful executive sedan in the form of CT6 but for the powerful brand with vast heritage, Cadillac needs to go further. So, here is the CT8, a full-size luxury sedan ready to fight the best German saloons and make Lexus look irrelevant. You can expect it to be announced later this year and to debut in 2018. Also, you can expect uncompromised luxury, style, and elegance as this is Cadillac`s new flagship model.

Jaguar I-Pace

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The success of the great-looking F-Pace introduced Jaguar to the growing SUV market. It seems like buyers can’t get enough of the stylish F-Pace and its performance so Jaguar is preparing another, more compact SUV to attack the BMW X3 and Audi Q3 models. It will be called I-Pace and it will come with a range of gasoline, diesel and hybrid engines, fresh new styling with signature Jaguar design cues and front-wheel drive as standard and AWD as optional.

Lexus LS

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Another full-size luxury yacht on four wheels is coming in 2018 in form of a brand new Lexus LS. With signature and slightly controversial front end styling but with a sleek silhouette and unmistakable appearance, this Lexus should fight Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. The engine lineup should start with a 3.5-liter V6 and include V8 powerplants as well as hybrid versions. Expect LS to go on sale early 2018.

Toyota Supra

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For years now the rumors of a new sports car developed between BMW and Toyota have been flooding the internet. There were a lot of photos of cars in various stages of development and testing as well as some pretty realistic renderings. Finally, the wait is over and in 2018, the new Toyota Supra will see the light of day and hordes of eager fans. We don`t know much about the specifications but we are sure that the new Supra will be fantastic.

Volvo XC40

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The SUV market is the biggest at the moment and all manufacturers want a piece of the action. That is why Volvo is introducing the XC40, a compact-sized SUV smaller than the XC60 which has just debuted. It should be available sometime next year and it will be similarly styled as the rest of Volvo’s SUV fleet. The main competitors are Audi Q3 and BMW X3 but Volvo should deliver more refinement and better styling to the segment.

Alpine A110

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Renault has teased us with concepts for long but for 2018, finally, we have a production-ready model. It is a new version of the legendary Renault Alpine A110 from the early ’70s but re-imagined for the 21stcentury. It is a compact sports car with mid-engine rear wheel drive layout but with lightweight construction, modern materials, and uncompromised driving dynamics. The prices are not yet revealed but this car is a pure enthusiasts’ road machine and we are delighted to see it finally available for sale.

Audi Q8

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If you think that Audi Q7 is big enough, you are wrong. The even bigger, more expensive and more luxurious Q8 is coming next year. Already presented as a concept in January 2017, Q8 is set to debut as a production model very soon. It will feature signature Audi’s design and form but upgraded engines, more power, better interior and a long list of optional extras for ultimate comfort.

Range Rover Velar

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The Velar is an interesting new model that is just being announced with sales starting later this year as a 2018 model. It is slotted between Evoque and Discovery as a mid-sized SUV but it is more than just that. The Velar is kind of a personal luxury SUV dedicated to driving pleasure as well as comfort and equipment. It should bring a new dimension of SUV driving to the crowded segment and we are eager to see it in action.

Kia Stinger

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One of the biggest surprises of 2017 and the most anticipated vehicles of 2018 is the new Kia Stinger. It is a sedan with great performance, fantastic styling, and affordable price. The performance sedan market is populated with pretty expensive cars which are out of reach of regular driving enthusiasts, and Kia is planning to change that by introducing an affordable but equally fast and good-looking sedan in form of the Stinger.

Hyundai i30 N

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The new i30 is already here with new and much better-looking styling, new engines and interior. But the biggest news for 2018 is i30 N, a performance, hot hatch version of the regular i30. You can expect at least 250 hp on the front axle, sharp handling, and aggressive exterior as well as good performance and swift acceleration. The i30 N should go against Ford Focus ST or Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Jeep Wrangler Pickup

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For years, pickup fans demanded that Wrangler gets a truck version. It seems quite logical since the Wrangler is a rugged SUV with sturdy chassis and great off-road capabilities. Finally, Jeep is ready to introduce a production version starting as 2018 model year. You can expect a price little bit higher than the regular Wrangler, double cab configuration with possible single cab coming later and powerful engines. We are sure that the new Wrangler Pickup will be sales hit not only in the USA but in the rest of the world as well.

Mercedes AMG GT Sedan

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Despite the fact that the AMG GT is one of the best sports car money can buy at the moment, Mercedes is not satisfied. In fact, they want to expand the range by adding a four-door version of this model, a true performance sedan or pure sports car with four doors. It is an interesting concept and we are sure that Mercedes will deliver on the promise. The prototypes are already in testing and you can expect the world premiere to happen sometime next year.

20 Most Anticipated Cars Of 2018!

It is safe to say that we are living in an automotive golden age. Never before were there so many new models, interesting design solutions, various car classes and this is just the beginning. To stay competitive, manufacturers present new ideas constantly and the car world is, at the moment, a very dynamic and interesting place. On the other hand, new markets all around the world inspired the industry to keep introducing new models and evolve on a daily basis. This is why the introductions of new concepts or production ready models are very interesting and we have compiled a full list of 20 new cars that will go on sale or be officially introduced in 2018. Here you can find various makes and models as well as a few cars that are expected to be announced next year. It looks like 2018 will be a very interesting and exciting year in the automotive industry so let’s get straight to it.

20. Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The new generation of Grand Cherokee is big news for 2018 since Jeep has started a big offensive on the global market. The new Grand Cherokee should introduce new levels of luxury, new engines, fresh and aggressive design and also significant off-road capabilities. Jeep is planning to put a new model against the luxury SUV giants like BMW X5 or Range Rover. The final design has not been revealed but it should look similar to outgoing models but more modern and aggressive. You can expect it to be on sale next year and official information should be released in late 2017.

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Ultimate List of the Best SUVs of 2017

The SUVs started as dressed-up off-roaders with better road manners and nicer interiors for people who wanted rugged looks with the driving feel of a regular car. At the moment, nobody thought that they would evolve into what they are today. Fast forward a couple of decades and SUV class is the most populated, highly competitive and very interesting. In fact, the SUV class is so hot at the moment that there are no less than 124 cars on the North American market! One hundred and twenty-four SUVs on sale at the moment which is an amazing number. There are small and affordable compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs and even sporty and luxury SUVs. Basically, there is everything. From Kia Soul at $16K up to Bentley Bentayga at $231K, there is an SUV for every buyer and every purpose. You can get front-wheel drive only models, capable all-wheel drive SUVs, gasoline powered, turbocharged, supercharged, hybrids and even fully electric models. It just goes to show how wide the spectrum is and how the SUV segment is truly the most competitive and most interesting car class in the world today. In fact, the popularity of the SUV affected the almost ruined minivans, station wagons and is even breathing down the necks of regular sedans. So, it was pretty hard to complete the list of 28 best SUVs for 2017. We looked at all those 124 cars on sale at the moment, picked up the best and lined them up for you. We have covered everything from the cheapest to the most expensive SUVs on the market and here you will find the most comprehensive list on the net. So, let`s start.

  1. Jeep Renegade

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One of the cheapest SUVs you can buy, Jeep Renegade starts at just $19,000. For that amount, you will get compact dimensions, cool boxy design with recognizable Jeep fascia and a relatively small interior and trunk. But, the Renegade comes with the optional all-wheel drive system and lots of off-road potential. It is quite remarkable for such a small SUV to have such great traction but small weight, compact dimensions and Jeep`s AWD drivetrain makes all the difference. So, if you are looking for a cute, compact, cheap and capable SUV, this is your choice.

  1. Mazda CX-3

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Modern and sporty looking CX-3 is among the best designs in the compact SUV class. It has a decent amount of space, 2.0-liter engine with 184 hp and a six-speed automatic with nice performance and great road holding. All in all, the CX-3 is a very good and elegant looking car for the base price of around $20,000. All-wheel drive is optional and even then, CX-3 is not exactly a perfect car for rock crawling and going through the jungle. However, it is perfect for urban jungle and needs of the modern buyers.

  1. Honda HR-V

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The HR-V is a newcomer to the segment and it offers not only fresh looks but pretty good driving dynamics and equipment. Of course, not to forget Honda`s signature quality, fit and finish. For little over $20,000, you will get the 1.8-liter engine, 141 hp which equals not too lively performance but is still good enough for normal everyday driving. The available space is good and the ride is comfortable.

  1. Dodge Journey

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The Journey is not the newest model in mid-size SUV segment but it is very cheap and with lots of room which makes it interesting to buyers who want the most for their money. The base price is just under $23,000 and you will get tons of space, even third-row seating, engines with 171 or 283 hp and lots of equipment. This is an affordable, comfortable and even fast family SUV with optional all-wheel drive and acceptable looks.

  1. Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester is on almost every “Best SUV” list since it is good looking, affordable, offers plenty of space and also comes with two distinctive features. One is Subaru`s signature boxer engine with 170hp or 250hp in turbocharged form and other is permanent intelligent four-wheel drive system which is among the best and most advanced in class. So, for $23,450 MSRP you will get a spacious, capable, good looking and safe mid-size SUV with an all-wheel drive which is an offer you can`t refuse.

  1. Kia Sportage

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Fresh design, great driving dynamics, high-quality interior and affordable price make Kia Sportage one of the best mid-sized SUVs currently on sale. Priced at around $24,000 it offers almost upscale interior quality and equipment as well as 181 hp and 240 hp engines. The base model is the front-wheel drive but you can get all-wheel drive version and lots more from the long options list.

  1. Honda CR-V

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The CR-V is among the most popular Honda`s products and for good reason. It is well executed, quality made, nicely equipped and spacious SUV with good handling and 190 hp engine. For just under $25,000 it is a great deal and often among the Top 10 vehicles in its class. Honda`s quality is widely recognized which is important but we wish for more powerful engines and slightly better performance.

  1. Ford Escape

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Despite its compact size, Escape is one capable SUV. There’s a decent amount of interior space, a long list of options and engines and overall sense of quality. The range starts with 168 hp four cylinder and goes all the way up to turbocharged 245 hp unit making compact Ford Escape quite a performer. Equipped with that engine, Escape can tow up to 3500 pounds which is quite an achievement for a compact SUV.

  1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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In a world dominated by soft SUVs that are competing in road manners and comfort, Wrangler is alone in delivering true off-road capabilities combined with decent drivability and comfort. That, in fact, makes it very desirable along with the classic Jeep design and ruggedness. The prices starts at just under $29,000 for this iconic model and true off-road SUV with capabilities that the rest of the modern SUVs can only dream of.

  1. Volkswagen Atlas

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This is the SUV that the market has been waiting for a long time. Volkswagen`s mid-size, third-row SUV with bulky design, fantastic equipment and comfort. The base engine is 235 hp with front-wheel drive and you can get 276 hp and all-wheel drive as an option. The base price is just over $31,000 which is affordable considering the quality, space and the equipment.

  1. Mazda CX-9

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Once again, Mazda has a great product in the SUV class, this time in the mid-size segment. The CX-9 combines Mazda`s elegant design with lots of interior room, third-row seating for up to 7 passengers, 250 hp engine, and lively performance. Not to forget 8-speed automatic transmission, optional all-wheel drive and a base price of around $32,000. All of this makes CX-9 a very reasonable proposition if you need a big vehicle on the inside but still reasonably compact on the outside.

  1. BMW X1

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Despite the compact dimensions, limited interior space regarding the price, the BMW X1 is a sports car among the SUVs. With a 228hp turbocharged engine, quick transmission and perfect road holding, X1 can bring the smile on your face in twisty turns and on more demanding sections. However, at $34,500 base price, it is still expensive for an SUV with less space than a hatchback.

  1. Lexus NX

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Lexus has a lot experience in SUV class and one of the newest entries is the NX, a very specific looking model, with aggressive design and well-appointed interior. It looks like the NX is a sports SUV but in fact, it is a very comfortable cruiser with 235 hp and six-speed automatic. The prices start at around $36,000 which is a reasonable sum for Lexus quality, good standard equipment, and decent performance.

  1. Cadillac XT-5

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Cadillac`s XT-5 is an interesting model which has all the brand`s virtues in modern looking compact package with lots of space as well as a lot of style. With 310 hp engine and optional all-wheel drive, it is quite a performer and a very elegant SUV. The prices start at $40,000 and the Caddy SUV is well worth the asking price.

  1. Jaguar F-Pace

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Jaguar`s first SUV is among the best in class with perfect styling, superb driving dynamics, and powerful engines. The interior has decent comfort and well-appointed dashboard, and engine choices go up to fire-breathing 380 hp supercharged engine. The base price of $42,000 seems appropriate if you look at all the features of the new F-Pace.

  1. Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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Another sporty looking mid-size SUV is the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It is the newest addition to Alfa`s efforts to regain popularity on the American the market. It comes with 280 hp turbocharged engine, nice interior, and design for a base price of $43,000. However, you should wait for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with 509 hp and aggressive looks.

  1. Acura MDX

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Elegantly styled, powered by 290 hp engine, equipped with the third row of seats and still offering remarkable driving dynamics and road-holding, the Acura MDX has achieved quite a lot. That is why this SUV is on our list. For $45,000 you will get one of the best mid-size SUVs on the American market with lots of space and signature Acura`s quality.

  1. Nissan Armada

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If space is what you are looking for, the Armada has it. In fact, it can seat up to 8 people and still tow up to 8500 pounds. Nissan`s SUV has full-size dimensions, a big engine with 390 hp and a lot of features. The price seems appropriate at $46,000 but the only thing that could be a problem is poor fuel economy.

  1. Volvo XC-90

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The elegant Swede is one of the best looking SUVs and also one of the best equipped and safest. It has a lot of space for its occupants and luggage and a wide arrange of options. Also, there is a nice lineup of powerful engines and you can get up to 400 hp from the turbocharged mill. The base price of almost $47,000 is not cheap but you`ll get an astonishing car with great potential.

  1. Ford Expedition

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Expedition was one of the models that started this whole SUV craze. Now, it is still pretty much relevant but modernized and redesigned for the current market. It is a big and spacious full-size SUV with modern construction, great road manners and with up to 365 hp. This is one versatile SUV and it can carry up to 8 people, cruise highways in comfort and tow up to 9200 pounds!

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe

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Similar to the Explorer, the Tahoe is one of the classics of the SUV world. Big body-on-frame SUV with an enormous amount of space, powerful V8 engines and pulling power is the king amongst the smaller import models. The prices start at below $50,000 mark and for that money, you will get a big, strong and capable SUV with 355hp, a good selection of standard equipment and a long list of optional extras.

  1. Porsche Macan

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When Cayenne was first introduced, the motoring world was in shock that thoroughbred sports car manufacturer is producing an SUV. Today, we have a smaller but equally good SUV in form of the Macan. It is a sporty mid-size SUV with great performance and handling which is praised by the car magazines. The available space is not so great but the features are premium. The prices start at $48,500 for the base 252 hp version.

  1. Lexus GX

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The GX is a very interesting product because it combines luxury features, sturdy chassis and body with a powerful engine. Basically, this is an off-roader dressed up for the opera. For the base price of $52,000, you will get a full-size SUV with 301 hp V8 engine and all-wheel drive as standard. This is the perfect SUV for people who want to cross deserts in ultimate luxury.

  1. Lincoln Navigator

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For almost two decades, Navigator was the symbol of SUV luxury and class. For 2017 it is redesigned and better than ever. That means bigger, more spacious, luxurious and equipped than ever. Expect the new model to arrive this fall with the base price of around $65,000 and ultimate luxury and style.

  1. Range Rover Sport

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Another classic from the segment, the Range Rover is still the quintessential SUV. Combining luxury with powerful engines, upscale interior and off-road capabilities made the Range Rover a well-rounded and usable vehicle. The prices start at $66,500 and the base engine is a 254hp diesel unit. However, you can also get a 340hp supercharged V6.

  1. Maserati Levante

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Even high-end exotic manufacturers got caught up in the SUV craze, hence the Maserati Levante. The beautiful Italian sporty SUV comes at a high price of $74,000 but you will get unmatched style and performance from either 345hp or 424hp engine. The Levante is an elegant alternative to the BMW X5 or Audi Q7 and what it lacks in interior space it makes up with Latin charm and style.

  1. Tesla Model X

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With all-wheel drive, space for 7 occupants and their luggage and numerous features, Tesla Model X is a true SUV. However, it comes from future with a futuristic interior, fully electric power and awesome falcon rear doors. But, all of this comes at a pretty steep price of $83,000. The greatest thing about the Model X is not all the features or the looks, it’s the performance and this family car can launch itself to 60 mph in crazy 3.3 seconds!

  1. Bentley Bentayga

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On the very top of the SUV food chain, we have the Bentayga, a $231,000 uber-luxury SUV with 600hp, crazy performance and ultimate luxury and style inside and out. It is big, it is comfortable and it is like a presidential suite that can travel 184 mph. Of course, you can`t expect to see Bentayga going through the mud and forest, but with intelligent all-wheel drive and traction aid, it is capable even for that.

Ultimate List of the Best SUVs of 2017

The SUVs started as dressed-up off-roaders with better road manners and nicer interiors for people who wanted rugged looks with the driving feel of a regular car. At the moment, nobody thought that they would evolve into what they are today. Fast forward a couple of decades and SUV class is the most populated, highly competitive and very interesting. In fact, the SUV class is so hot at the moment that there are no less than 124 cars on the North American market! One hundred and twenty-four SUVs on sale at the moment which is an amazing number. There are small and affordable compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs and even sporty and luxury SUVs. Basically, there is everything. From Kia Soul at $16K up to Bentley Bentayga at $231K, there is an SUV for every buyer and every purpose. You can get front-wheel drive only models, capable all-wheel drive SUVs, gasoline powered, turbocharged, supercharged, hybrids and even fully electric models. It just goes to show how wide the spectrum is and how the SUV segment is truly the most competitive and most interesting car class in the world today. In fact, the popularity of the SUV affected the almost ruined minivans, station wagons and is even breathing down the necks of regular sedans. So, it was pretty hard to complete the list of 28 best SUVs for 2017. We looked at all those 124 cars on sale at the moment, picked up the best and lined them up for you. We have covered everything from the cheapest to the most expensive SUVs on the market and here you will find the most comprehensive list on the net. So, let`s start.

  1. Jeep Renegade

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One of the cheapest SUVs you can buy, Jeep Renegade starts at just $19,000. For that amount, you will get compact dimensions, cool boxy design with recognizable Jeep fascia and a relatively small interior and trunk. But, the Renegade comes with the optional all-wheel drive system and lots of off-road potential. It is quite remarkable for such a small SUV to have such great traction but small weight, compact dimensions and Jeep`s AWD drivetrain makes all the difference. So, if you are looking for a cute, compact, cheap and capable SUV, this is your choice.

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Toughest SUVs And Trucks of 2017

You probably know that modern-day SUVs evolved from rugged and basic off-road vehicles from the past. Everything started from Jeeps and Land Rovers which earned their living by serving in the war, crossing the deserts and exploring hard to reach places. Then somebody thought of putting nicer interior, cabin insulation, and softer suspension to make it better for normal driving, and the SUV market was born. People loved the idea of having tough and big off-road vehicle in their driveways, capable of doing anything, but they also liked that it drove like a regular sedan. Basically, they liked the image but didn`t like the rough nature of off road cars. Manufacturers gave the public exactly that, tough looking SUVs with a gentle driving characteristic which are only suited for mall parking lots or highway cruising. Somewhere along the way, the simple but effective body on frame construction was lost and SUVs continued to be built on unibody platforms which stripped them of their off-road ability. Most modern SUVs look like they could cross Sahara without any problems but in reality, they wouldn`t last 15 minutes in harsh desert driving conditions. However, for the fans of really capable and tough SUVs and truck models, there is still hope since manufacturers are still producing models that can go through hell and back and even look good doing it. We have compiled a list of 10 vehicles that are durable, tough, engineered to endure anything and still good looking for you to drive them anywhere. Here are 10 toughest SUVs and trucks of 2017.

Cadillac Escalade

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Despite the fact that it looks like a luxury suite on wheels and it is the size of an apartment block, this Cadillac is one tough SUV. The body on frame construction, heavy-duty suspension, powerful V8 engine with 420 hp and big tow rating makes this luxury model one very capable car. Of course, the off-road driving is not its strongest side since this is a big and heavy SUV but the Escalade will provide good protection and can endure a lot of punishment. This is why the Cadillac Escalade is often used as the basis for bulletproofing and part of the motorcades of politicians and VIPs.

 

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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The Colorado is a mid-sized pickup truck, smaller and cheaper than the regular Silverado but it has good construction, and interesting options to make it a very tough truck. The ZR2 package transforms this ordinary work vehicle into an off-road rocket. With the upgraded suspension, bigger wheels, locking front and rear differentials, Colorado ZR2 is up for anything and can go anywhere.
Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

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The Jeep Wrangler and its four-door variant, Wrangler Unlimited are the quintessential off-road vehicles and a direct descendant of the famous Jeep Willys which fought in World War II. That unique heritage and tradition is still alive and well with 2017 Wrangler and the basic concept is unchanged. The Jeep Wrangler is one of the toughest and most durable vehicles you can buy due to its simple and rugged construction, powerful engines and suspension built for off-road use. It is a little bit uncomfortable on paved surfaces but in mud, dust, and dirt, Wrangler is the king.
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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Toyota always had several tough and capable vehicles in their model lineup. One of the most interesting is the new 4Runner but with factory TRD Pro package. The base 4Runner is a very capable and strong SUV with the body on frame construction, strong suspension, and powerful engine. But with TRD Pro package it is a true off-road gem. Bigger tires, tougher springs, underbody protection and locking differential are just a part of the package and the best news is that the 4Runner TRD Pro costs around $36,000 which is quite cheap for such a capable and good looking machine.
Lexus GX

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Nobody expected Lexus GS to be such a good all-around vehicle since its size, equipment and looks all suggest it is just another luxury SUV who has forgotten about its off-road roots. But, the body on frame construction, advanced suspension along with intelligent all-wheel drive made this expensive vehicle really capable in the wild. You can drive through the most difficult terrains and still travel in luxury and be sure that you will arrive safe and sound. This is just amazing and too bad that most Lexus GX owners will never understand its true potential.
Ram Power Wagon

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Dodge revived one of the greatest names in their history and gave it to specially prepared Ram which has only one purpose, and that is to be as tough and usable as possible. The regular Ram 1500 has got a lot of upgrades in terms of suspension, drivetrain, brakes and other components in order to make it into a Power Wagon. The result is pretty impressive because this is the truck that is equally at home in the mud or on the highway and it is equally good as a work vehicle or off-road truck. It is the best of both worlds and a great choice for anybody who is looking for a rugged truck.
Ford Raptor

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There isn’t anything on the market today that comes even close to the Ford Raptor. Based on the all-aluminum new F-150 truck, Raptor is an off-road beast with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. It has 10-speed automatic transmission, full racing suspension with dual shocks per each wheel, heavy duty components, strengthened frame and body and off-road tires. The main purpose of this vehicle is to go over any terrain, jump sand dunes, splash through mud and climb on rocks faster and better than anything out there. And we have to say that Raptor accomplishes that making it the fastest street-legal off-road vehicle on the planet.
Mercedes G-Class

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Introduced in the late ’70s, the Mercedes G-Class is one of those legendary models that changed very little during almost 40 years of production. Built as a military vehicle but soon presented to the civilian market, G-Class was always known for excellent off-road capabilities, quality, durability, and power. In the last 10 years, it became popular as a luxury ride but G-Class is much more than that. The advanced suspension, strong frame and powerful engine make this boxy SUV climb mountains and go through the deserts like it’s nothing. The only problem is its $122,000 base price but for that kind of cash, buyers will get top notch engineering, superb quality, and timeless design.
GMC Sierra 3500 HD

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The heavy duty class is reserved for biggest and most powerful trucks which are built for towing and commercial purposes. With enormous dimensions, heavy duty components, double rear wheels and towing capacity big enough to move continents, GMC Sierra 3500 HD is one tough and capable truck. Of course, there is no point of owning such capable vehicle if you are a regular driver but if you are doing construction work, towing big stuff, or just need pulling power, this is the truck for you.
Land Rover Defender

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Yes, we know that Land Rover discontinued the Defender in 2016 but they are still available and if you hurry up, you can get this everlasting piece of British motoring history. The Defender, similar to Jeep Wrangler is one of the few true off-road vehicles converted to street use. Over the years, it was modified quite a bit but the basic construction, compact dimensions, aluminum body, and purpose stayed the same. That is why it was and it still is one of toughest and most durable SUVs on the market, a car that is capable of going through the jungle but still cool enough to go to dinner in a fancy restaurant. The Defender will be missed and we hope that Land Rover will replace it with something equally good.

Toughest SUVs And Trucks of 2017

You probably know that modern-day SUVs evolved from rugged and basic off-road vehicles from the past. Everything started from Jeeps and Land Rovers which earned their living by serving in the war, crossing the deserts and exploring hard to reach places. Then somebody thought of putting nicer interior, cabin insulation, and softer suspension to make it better for normal driving, and the SUV market was born. People loved the idea of having tough and big off-road vehicle in their driveways, capable of doing anything, but they also liked that it drove like a regular sedan. Basically, they liked the image but didn`t like the rough nature of off road cars. Manufacturers gave the public exactly that, tough looking SUVs with a gentle driving characteristic which are only suited for mall parking lots or highway cruising. Somewhere along the way, the simple but effective body on frame construction was lost and SUVs continued to be built on unibody platforms which stripped them of their off-road ability. Most modern SUVs look like they could cross Sahara without any problems but in reality, they wouldn`t last 15 minutes in harsh desert driving conditions. However, for the fans of really capable and tough SUVs and truck models, there is still hope since manufacturers are still producing models that can go through hell and back and even look good doing it. We have compiled a list of 10 vehicles that are durable, tough, engineered to endure anything and still good looking for you to drive them anywhere. Here are 10 toughest SUVs and trucks of 2017.

Cadillac Escalade

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Despite the fact that it looks like a luxury suite on wheels and it is the size of an apartment block, this Cadillac is one tough SUV. The body on frame construction, heavy-duty suspension, powerful V8 engine with 420 hp and big tow rating makes this luxury model one very capable car. Of course, the off-road driving is not its strongest side since this is a big and heavy SUV but the Escalade will provide good protection and can endure a lot of punishment. This is why the Cadillac Escalade is often used as the basis for bulletproofing and part of the motorcades of politicians and VIPs.

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