The Fastest New SUVs Under $50,000 According to U.S. News

People buy SUVs for many reasons. They’re typically among the most spacious and versatile vehicles. SUVs often offer a better view of the road ahead too. But what about driving dynamics? As it turns, driving an SUV can make for a pretty fun experience, especially if you find yourself behind the wheel of a sporty SUV. The good news is if you’re in the market for a sporty SUV, U.S. News has revealed its picks for the fastest new SUVs under $50,000. Let’s find out what they are. 

Shop Mazda if you want a fast SUV that won’t break the bank

If you’re shopping for a sporty SUV on a budget, you’d be wise to shop Mazda’s current lineup. In fact, according to U.S. News, models like the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo, 2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 make up some of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000.

The 2021 Mazda CX-9, which found itself near the top of U.S. News’ list, comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Use regular fuel, and the CX-9 makes 227-hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. Opt for premium fuel instead, and the CX-9 churns out an impressive 250-hp and 320 pound-feet of torque. As for how much the CX-9 costs? Boasting a starting price of $34,160, this year’s model is as budget-friendly as it is quick.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, on the other hand, starts at $30,560 and comes driven by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. According to U.S. News, while regular fuel will have the CX-5 Grand Touring churning out 227-hp, opting for premium fuel instead will have this sporty SUV delivering up to 250-hp.

As for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo? With a starting price of $30,050, the CX-30 Turbo is the cheapest new Mazda SUV on the list. At the heart and soul of it is a 227-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Fill the CX-30 Turbo with premium fuel instead, and the CX-30 Turbo is rated up to 250-hp, U.S. News reports.

BMW sells some of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000

Mazda isn’t the only brand manufacturing sporty SUVs. As a matter of fact, U.S. News included several new BMW SUVs in its list of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000. Take, for example, the 2021 BMW X1. Equipped with a 228-hp 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine, this year’s model offers no shortage of power under the hood. And, with a base price of $35,400, the 2021 BMW X1 is ideal for budget-conscious shoppers on the hunt for a sporty new SUV under $50,000.

The 2021 BMW X3 earned itself a spot on U.S. News’ list of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000 too. Standard with a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, U.S. News reports that the 2021 BMW X3 offers up more than enough power to “hustle around town or on the highway.” As for how much it costs? The 2021 BMW X3 boasts a starting price of $43,000.

A red BMW X4 driving, the X4 is one of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000
BMW X4 | BMW

U.S. News also included the 2021 BMW X4 among its picks for the fastest new SUVs under $50,000. Unfortunately, the BMW X4 starts at $51,600. But if you’re willing to spend the extra cash? U.S. News reports that with a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, the X4 is well worth the spend. 

These new luxury SUVs boast plenty of power under the hood

A blue 2021 Jaguar E-Pace parked, the 2021 Jaguar E-Pace is a sporty SUV
2021 Jaguar E-Pace | Jaguar

As for those on the prowl for a new luxury SUV? U.S. News included plenty of luxury SUVs among its list of the fastest new SUVs under $50,000. The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace 300 Sport P300, for instance, starts at just under $50,000 and comes equipped with a 296-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Meanwhile, the 2022 Audi Q5 comes driven by a 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and starts at $44,100.

And if neither luxury SUV is quite your style? U.S. News also included the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace among its picks for the fastest new SUVs under $50,000. Not only does this year’s model come equipped with a 246-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but, according to U.S. News, it also boasts impressive handling and cornering abilities. Consider that it starts at $49,995, and it’s no surprise this year’s model was able to earn itself a spot on U.S. News’ list.

As for which new SUV you should choose? You’ve got plenty of options that are worth your consideration, especially if you’re in the market for a new SUV under $50,000. Try taking a few of these options out for a spin, and you’re bound to find yourself behind the wheel of the perfect sporty SUV for satisfying all of your daily driving needs.

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