10 SUVs That Are Awesome…on a Paved Road

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Commercial vehicles have been around for over a century. Ford offered its very work-oriented car as early as the 1920s. From then on, commercial vehicles became the name of the game. The two world wars helped bolster the use of commercial vehicles, especially with the introduction of the Jeep Willys MB. From the end of World War II to today, commercial vehicles have turned into something completely different.

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The modern SUV craze started in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The rudimentary work trucks and SUVs gave way to more luxurious, comfortable and fast vehicles. Some of the ridiculously powerful SUVs that will leave muscle cars in the dust are also miserable off-road. That’s right. Most of the latest SUVs made in recent years would crumble on a rough road.

10 2003 Hummer H2

America is home to the largest trucks and SUVs in the world. Whether it’s the Ford F-series or the giant Cadillac Escalade ESV, the markets for full-size pickup trucks and SUVs are dominated by American automakers. However, the vehicle that epitomizes America’s opulence is not one of the usual suspects. The Hummer remains to this day the epitome of America’s world domination.

Several celebrities couldn’t resist owning a Hummer. Arnold Schwarzenegger is known as an avid fan of GM’s giant beast. He is, after all, the Terminator. While the Hummer H2 is huge, it just can’t handle more than a dirt road serviced through town. Despite its 6.2L Vortec V8 and high ground clearance, the H2 is too heavy to maneuver the most complicated off-road trails.

9 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i

BMW was one of the first traditional car companies to launch an SUV. The X5 E53 was a true marvel when it was announced. Offered with either a 3.0L M54 inline-six or a 4.4L M62 V8, BMW showed the public that it was possible to pack sports car power into a vehicle meant to go off the beaten track. After 20 years on the market, the X5 evolved into something much more robust.

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The BMW X5 G05 is a great SUV that will satisfy its owner. The xDrive50i trim level comes with a solid 4.4L N63 twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 456 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The X5 xDrive50i is not only fast, but also extremely luxurious. The SUV comes with all the bells and whistles a gearbox could ask for. Unfortunately, the $76,745 SUV doesn’t do well off the beaten track.

8 Lamborghini Urus 2019

In 1986 Lamborghini owned the supercar scene with its Countach. In the same year, Lamborghini decided to win a government contract by offering its newly designed SUV LM002 to the Ministry of Defense. Although the DoD moved on with a different contractor, the LM002 officially became Lamborghini’s first super SUV. A few decades later, Lamborghini repeated the experiment.

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This time Lamborghini went straight for the jugular vein. To offer the ultimate SUV, Lamborghini decided to use a massive twin-turbo 4.0L FSI V8 that puts out 641 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 627 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The Urus has a top speed of 190 mph. Despite having greater ground clearance than conventional Lamborghini supercars, the Urus is not made for navigating the Rubicon trail.

7 Audi Q8 2021

It took a while for Audi to get on the SUV train. Audi launched the Q7 in 2005 and made sure it had an SUV that could rival the Mercedes-Benz ML 500 and the 4.8L N62 V8-powered BMW X5. Audi’s bet led to success, which in turn encouraged the German automaker to look deeper into the SUV market.

Utilizing the same platform as the Lamborghini Urus, the Audi Q8 is one of the latest SUVs released by the German automaker and worth checking out. Equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L TFSI V6 that delivers 335 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 1,370 rpm. Despite not being driven on asphalt like the SQ8 and RS Q8, the Q8 is a great family oriented vehicle that is perfect for navigating the paved roads of the Swiss Alps.

6 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat

The Dodge Durango first appeared in 1997. While nowhere as luxurious as its European counterparts, the Durango was nonetheless powered by engines that were quite respectable. The Durango was a breath of fresh air compared to the slow Mustang SN-95 and the downright disappointing Chevrolet Camaro.

Since its introduction, the Durango has undergone several transformations. One of the latest versions, the outlandish Durango Hellcat, is the meanest super SUV ever to roll off an American assembly line. As known by the piston heads, the Durango Hellcat comes with a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 that puts out a whopping 710 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 640 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. While the Durango Hellcat is a monster on the track, nowhere is it more capable than a Toyota 4Runner off-road.

5 Porsche Macan S. 2021

By the time the X5, Touareg and ML series were released, the gearboxes were impatiently wondering when Porsche would finally introduce its own take on the SUV. In 2003 the Cayenne was released. After the enormous success of the Cayenne, Porsche launched a smaller SUV, the Macan. The Macan is aimed at a different demographic and is excellent nonetheless.

Porsche hit the nail on the head with the Macan S. Its beautiful curves and luxurious finishes will attract suburban moms and gearheads alike. When it comes to the power department, the Macan S has a turbocharged 3.0L V6 that puts out 348 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 1,360 rpm. When you look at the wheels, everyone knows that the Macan S is made for a dirt track at its best.

4 2022 Genesis GV80

Genesis has shown in recent years that it is capable of designing cars that are affordable and decently powered. The first generation Hyundai Genesis may not have been a huge success, but it came with a 5.0L Tau V8 at its best. It didn’t stop there. A few years later, Genesis offered a 3.8L V6-powered coupe that was as powerful as some mid-range Japanese sports cars. After a number of successes, Genesis entered the SUV market.

There are several things you should know before buying the 2022 Genesis GV80. It is one of the first ultra-luxury SUVs to come from South Korea. Like other Genesis cars, the GV80 comes with a variety of powerful powerplants, including a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 375 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 1,300 rpm. While the Genesis can handle some tricky terrain, it’s far from as modular as a Toyota Tacoma.

3 2022 Aston Martin DBX

The UK is home to some of the craziest car companies in the world. Whether McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Aston Martin, there is a British luxury and sporty car for everyone. In recent years, some of these companies have joined the SUV craze. As expected, the SUVs that rolled off their respective assembly lines are incredibly luxurious and exclusive.

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Aston Martin’s first SUV is far from a turn-off. Besides being absolutely gorgeous, the DBX comes with a Mercedes-sourced twin-turbo 4.0L M177 V8 that puts out 542 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque at 2,200 rpm. However, the $185,900 SUV is not the kind of vehicle to be taken on demanding terrain.

2 2023 Range Rover SV Carmel Edition

Land Rover has been around since the end of World War II. Originally, Land Rover produced vehicles that could navigate any kind of rugged terrain, but eventually Land Rover changed its business model. Still made for going off-road, Land Rover’s lineup became extremely luxurious. The focus had slowly but surely shifted to comfort and exclusivity.

In recent years, the Range Rover has reached a level of luxury that only a handful of gearboxes can afford. Things got even crazier when the Carmel Edition was announced. Priced at a whopping $345,000, the Carmel Edition comes with all the features a piston head with a fat wallet would demand. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 4.4L V8 that develops 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, the Range Rover SV Carmel Edition should never be driven off-road.

1 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

While American automakers are known for their giant SUVs, they often fall short when it comes to finishing. Plastic and fake wood grain is the norm. However, in recent years it started to improve with the rise of the super SUVs made in America. A latecomer to the game, Cadillac has not failed to provide its fans with an SUV that will knock everyone’s socks off.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V Is A Fast And Huge $150,000 Luxury SUV. As the only domestic rival to the Durango Hellcat, the Escalade V comes with a supercharged 6.2L V8 that puts out 682 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 653 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. While the Escalade V is one of the coolest Cadillacs ever, the SUV is meant to be driven on a paved road.