The exploding popularity of SUVs means there’s a vehicle for just about every buyer, including someone after something a little more fun. Whether they’re getting dirty or hitting a curvy road — or maybe both — these are the 10 most fun new SUVs.
10. 2021 Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y
Want a rocket ship with SUV practicality? Look to the Tesla Model Y. The smaller — and more affordable — of Tesla’s
two SUVs vaults to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds when properly equipped. If that’s not fun, we don’t know what is.
9. 2021 Audi SQ5
The Audi SQ5
The Audi SQ5 may not be the highest-performance SUV on our list, but it’s just so polished and it’s such a good value for the money. At around $55,000, the SQ5 boasts a buttery-smooth 349-horsepower 6-cylinder engine and an air suspension that works wonders on any kind of terrain.
8. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Grand Cherokee is about the most versatile SUV you’ll find, from trail-ready Trailhawks to the high-performance Trackhawk that boasts a wild 707-horsepower supercharged V8 under its hood. This Jeep’s tuned suspension helps tame that supercar-grade powertrain. High fives are due all around to Jeep’s engineers for making this 5,400-pound SUV handle like a sports car.
7. 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
It may not be the most polished SUV, but the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is definitely in the running for the most fun. Look to the 505-horsepower Stelvio Quadrifoglio — that’s four-leaf clover in Italian — to be your lucky charm. With its near-telepathic steering feel and its balanced handling, the Stelvio begs to be hustled down a curvy road.
6. 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
The evergreen Toyota
4Runner is a welcome addition to any garage. Base SR5 models will get you just about anywhere you want to go, while the TRD Off Road and TRD Pro versions deliver immense capability. For outdoorsy types, the 4Runner is the ultimate must-have accessory.
5. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
Mercedes-Benz’s GLC-Class is polished in any form, but enthusiasts will certainly gravitate toward the AMG-tuned GLC 63. The twin-turbocharged V6 delivers as much as 503 horsepower with the S package, plus amazing handling that belies its SUV shape.
4. 2021 BMW X4 M
The BMW X4 M
answer to the Mercedes GLC is at its most fun in X4 form. In contrast to the closely related X3, the X4’s sloping roofline gives it dashing style that will almost ensure an up-front valet parking spot. And, of course, the X4 M delivers ferocious performance thanks to its 503-horsepower rating (hey, didn’t we just see that number?).
3. 2021 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a longtime fun machine made even wilder this year thanks to the new Rubicon 392’s 6.4-liter V8. The Jeep lineup is full of spice, but there’s no mild choice here. Even a base Wrangler Sport is a formidable 4-wheeler, while Rubicon versions will shock even the most hardened off-roader with their capability.
2. 2021 Porsche Macan
The smaller of Porsche’s
two SUVs is a true pocket rocket. The rorty Macan Turbo at the top of the lineup provides the most go, but we would be just as happy behind the wheel of a (slightly) more affordable Macan GTS. That model boasts plenty of power plus a specially tuned suspension with the option of air springs.
1. 2021 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco
Whether it’s the retro style, the removable roof, the turbocharged engines, or the serious off-road ability, the reborn Ford
Bronco is an easy choice for the most fun SUV of 2021. Amazingly, the Bronco lineup even starts just below $30,000 with the Ford Bronco Sport, which comes standard with 4-wheel drive. So there’s a Bronco out there for just about any budget.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.