V8 engines get a bad rap for being too simplistic, but technology advancements have made these engines better at balancing power and efficiency. If you’re looking for both power and performance, a V8 can deliver on both of those wishes. With the help of U.S. News, we have gathered the highest-performing, affordable SUVs on the market right now that are available with V8 engines.
2020 Dodge Durango
The Dodge Durango’s muscle car body style and comfortable interior make it an intriguing buy. It is aggressive looking and dynamic, but it’s also family-friendly and can seat up to eight people. This mid-size SUV comes standard with a V6 engine which sufficient, but not exciting.
The 5.7-liter V8 engine that controls the Durango R/T trim is much more powerful and thrilling. The Durango is also good for off-roading and drivers really enjoy the high tech in-car electronics and infotainment. Drawbacks for the Dodge Durango are related to its lower safety ratings in its class as well as its fuel economy.
2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe boasts a high predicted reliability rating and boasts a standard 5.3-liter V8 engine with a 355-horsepower. There is also an even more potent 6.2-liter option that produces a 420-hp. The Tahoe can haul up to 8,600 pounds thanks to its truck-like nature. This is another SUV that’s family-friendly.
The Tahoe also earns high marks for its accomodating interior and seating for up to eight. This year’s model also has a handy infotainment system that’s user-friendly. While the predicted reliability ratings are near perfect, the handling is not, and the cargo space is a little disappointing.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
You get a variety of configuration options with the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This SUV model offers a variety of engines from the standard 3.6-liter V6 all the way up to a 6.4-liter V8. The Grand Cherokee is also known for its superior off-roading capabilities as well as its capacity to haul up to 7,200 pounds.
Along with its off-road ability, drivers also appreciate the robust infotainment inside the car cabin. The Grand Cherokee isn’t known for comfort or fuel-efficiency, but it is still considered as a good mid-size SUV.
2020 Chevrolet Suburban
The 2020 Chevy Suburban is another large SUV built on a truck platform. This SUV has a standard 5.3-liter V8 that generates a 355-horsepower. You can also opt for the even stronger 6.2-liter V8. When properly equipped the Suburban can pull up to 6,6000 pounds. This SUV is also very family-friendly and comfortable. The cabin interior is upscale and modern, which it should be considering the price here. As far as predicted reliability goes, the Suburban ratings are about average.
The Suburban’s safety ratings are also pretty good as are the available advanced safety features, and infotainment system. Drawbacks to be aware of are the tight third-row space and less than smooth handling.