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The Fastest American SUVs, Ranked


Big and powerful SUVs have always been very popular in America due to their versatility and performance. They offer excellent practicality with comfortable interiors and cargo space which is perfect for school runs and weekly grocery shopping. But since SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle, the automakers around the world including the American manufacturers pay special attention to the sporty dynamics of the utility vehicle too.

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The sporty features in SUVs mainly includes powerful engines, better handling, lightweight body, high-performance tires, and so on. However, most American SUVs prefer bumping up the top speed with enormous and powerful engines as the best way to boost the sporty aspect of an SUV. This can be very advantageous for them, as most American roads and highways demand road presence and upright speed rather than handling and cornering speed. So here’s a list of some of the fastest American SUVs of all time.

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10 2023 Cadillac Escalade V:

Top Speed: 125 mph

2023 red Cadillac Escalade-V
Cadillac

Front 3/4 view of red Cadillac Escalade-V parked. 

The Cadillac Escalade has won the hearts of many American SUV enthusiasts due to its bold presence and luxurious interiors. But the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V has more to offer as it is a high-performance variant of the luxury SUV with a very powerful engine. This is a big deal for the SUV market in America as it is the first performance-oriented SUV in the Escalade’s history.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.2-liter supercharged V-8

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Horsepower

682 horsepower

Torque

653 pound-feet

Transmission

10-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

4.3 seconds

Top Speed

125 MPH

Price

$149,990

The 2023 Escalade V is the flagship SUV of Cadillac with a 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine that produces 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. These performance numbers help it accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds even if it has a very modest top speed of 125 mph (limited). Nonetheless, the Escalade V is one of the best American SUVs that offers the perfect blend of luxury and performance.

9 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS:

Top Speed: 130 mph

2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
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Front 3/4 of 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS 

The 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS is one of the few American SUVs that were recognized as performance SUVs in the mid-2000s. Since there weren’t many performance-oriented SUVs back in the day, the Trailblazer SS did stand out with its amazing performance numbers.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.0-liter V-8

Horsepower

395 horsepower

Torque

400 pound-feet

Transmission

Four-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

5.4 seconds

Top Speed

130 MPH

Price

$33,600

The Trailblazer SS features a 6.0-liter LS2 small-block V-8 with 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It is a Corvette-based engine that propels the Trailblazer SS from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. This acceleration is still pretty impressive for an SUV compared to performance figures of the present SUV market. But the acceleration of this Chevy was challenging even the sports cars at the time of its launch, and giving them a serious run for their money. Similarly, it’s governed top speed of 130 mph was also very remarkable for an SUV during that time period.

8 2023 Cadillac XT6 Sport AWD:

Top Speed: 132 mph

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Cadillac

Front 3/4 of 2023 Cadillac XT6 parked

When it comes to acceleration, nothing comes close to the flagship full-size Escalade V in Cadillac’s SUV lineup. But since its top speed is limited to 125 mph, the mid-sized 2023 Cadillac XT6 is faster even though its top speed is also limited to 132 mph.

Specs and Price

Engine

3.6-liter V-6

Horsepower

310 horsepower

Torque

271 pound-feet

Transmission

Nine-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

6.4 seconds

Top Speed

132 MPH

Price

$61,440

Being a smaller vehicle than the Escalade, the XT6 also comes with a smaller aluminum block V-6 engine. This engine is capable of generating 310 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 271 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. So this results in a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds, which is not bad at all for a mid-sized SUV.

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7 1999 Dodge Durango Shelby SP360:

Top Speed: 142 mph

1999 Dodge Durango Shelby SP360
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Front/side view of 1999 Dodge Durango Shelby SP360 parked 

The 1999 Dodge Durango Shelby SP360 is a 1-of-300 limited-edition high-performance SUV built in collaboration with Shelby American. It is based on the standard Durango but features a slightly larger 5.9-liter V-8 engine that produced 360 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque. Its horsepower figure signifies the number 360 in its name, whereas the S.P. stands for Super Pursuit.

Specs and Price

Engine

5.9-liter V-8

Horsepower

360 horsepower

Torque

412 pound-feet

Transmission

Four-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

7.1 seconds

Top Speed

142 MPH

Price

$32,000

This immense power from its engine accelerates the SUV from 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds, making it one of the quickest accelerating SUVs of the late 90s. The Durango Shelby even had the signature Shelby stripes on its body to show the world that it’s not your everyday SUV made just for practicality. Instead, it’s a performance SUV capable of a top speed of 142 mph, which was astounding for an SUV in 1999.

6 2020 Ford Explorer ST:

Top Speed: 146 mph

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Front 3/4 of a blue 2020 Ford Explorer ST cruising through canyons

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is another modern mid-size SUV on our list that has impressive top-speed figures, even if it has a smaller engine than its bigger full-sized SUV siblings. But since it has an “ST” in its name which stands for “Sports Technologies”, it is a performance-oriented mid-sized SUV. So the Explorer ST comes with a powerful 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 415 pound-feet of torque.

Specs and Price

Engine

3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6

Horsepower

400-horsepower

Torque

415 pound-feet

Transmission

10-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

5.2 seconds

Top Speed

146 MPH

Price

$55,835

This allows the SUV to hit a top speed of 146 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Considering all these performance numbers, it’s safe to say that your day-to-day utility runs are going to be a lot faster and more fun than other mid-sized SUVs.

5 2018 Dodge Durango SRT:

Top Speed: 155 mph

2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Dodge

Front 3/4 of a white 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

The Dodge Durango didn’t stop with the Shelby SP360 for reaching the highest top speed possible among American SUV manufacturers. They further upped their game with the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, which could reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.4-liter V-8

Horsepower

475 horsepower

Torque

470 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

4.7 seconds

Top Speed

155 MPH

Price

$64,090

This is all thanks to its enormous 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that can generate 475 horsepower. It is also one of the largest engines ever placed in a high-performance American SUV. All this power means that a 0-60 mph time can be achieved in just 4.7 seconds. The Durango SRT is one of the modern performance-oriented SUVs that started raising the benchmark on what a fast American SUV is capable of.

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4 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:

Top Speed: 155 mph

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Jeep

Front 3/4 of 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 parked

The 2006 Jeep Cherokee SRT8 is an SUV icon when it comes to high-performance SUVs. While many auto manufacturers were building SUVs with practicality and luxury in the mid-2000s, Jeep focused on designing an SUV that was also a hot rod.

So, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 features a massive 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 that was able to produce 420 horsepower. The engine was connected to a five-speed automatic transmission, which resulted in a 0-60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds. This acceleration is still impressive compared to a modern American high-performance SUV.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.1-liter V-8

Horsepower

420 horsepower

Torque

420 pound-feet

Transmission

Five-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

4.6 seconds

Top Speed

155 MPH

Price

$39,300

In addition, the Jeep would further accelerate to a top speed of 155 mph. So just like the Trailblazer SS, the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s performance numbers for an SUV were very astonishing at the time of its launch. But the Jeep was even more impressive for its speed, as it was much faster and quicker than the Trailblazer SS.

3 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT:

Top Speed: 157mph

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
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Front/side of 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving fast in a racetrack

The Jeep Grand Cherokees were always notorious for speed even though they were originally designed to have the practicality of an SUV. So Jeep increased the performance of the Grand Cherokee when they released the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It features a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.4-liter V-8

Horsepower

470 horsepower

Torque

465 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

4.6 second

Top Speed

157 MPH

Price

$63,990

As a result, this SUV can reach 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds even if it weighs more than 5,300 pounds. The Cherokee can easily maintain the blistering acceleration until it reaches its top speed of 157 mph. The Durango SRT may have raised the benchmark for fast American SUVs. But since the launch of the Jeep Cherokee SRT in 2013, it has been one of the SUVs responsible for revolutionizing modern high-performance American SUVs.

2 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat:

Top Speed: 180 mph

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Dodge

Front 3/4th view of Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

If you think that the Dodge Durango SRT wasn’t impressive enough, Dodge has made another Durango with an even more powerful performance. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is based on the standard Durango SRT. But as mentioned in the name, Dodge has upgraded the standard engine with their infamous Hellcat engine that they use for their Challenger and Charger.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Horsepower

707 horsepower

Torque

640 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

3.6 seconds

Top Speed

180 MPH

Price

$82,490

This mighty 6.2-liter V-8 is supercharged with 707 fire-breathing horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. These unholy power outputs accelerate the Durango SRT Hellcat from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. But more importantly, this Durango SRT with the Hellcat engine can achieve a top speed of 180 mph which is the fastest recorded speed for a mass-produced American SUV

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1 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:

Top Speed: 180 mph

Gray Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Jeep

A front 3/4 shot of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk on a race track

Both the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Durango SRT Hellcat have the same top speed of 180 mph. However, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk holds a slight edge over the Durango, as it has a faster 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds. This means that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can reach its top speed of 180 mph faster than the Durango and is the fastest American SUV ever made.

Specs and Price

Engine

6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Horsepower

707 horsepower

Torque

640 pound-feet

Transmission

Eight-speed automatic

Drive Layout

All-wheel-drive

0-60mph

3.5 seconds

Top Speed

180 MPH

Price

$86,995

The immense performance of the Grand Cherokee is again due to the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine found in the Durango SRT Hellcat. It even generates the same power output of 707 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, these insane performance figures rank both the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Durango SRT Hellcat not only as the fastest American SUVs, but also as two of the fastest SUVs ever built in the world.

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