Hyundai has a full house of vehicles on its plate. Their website shows no less than seven SUVs. To be honest, many of the models are crossovers. But, the definition of SUVs has been changing in recent years from solely ladder-frame-chassis vehicles to include crossovers as well. So, many manufacturers, including Hyundai, are now grouping them together under a more general SUV definition. However, even though SUVs are viewed more for practicality, Hyundai still has some models that have performance SUV chops when considering 0-60 mph times. Here are the top five.
2020 Hyundai Palisade – 7.2 seconds
The Palisade is the largest vehicle in the Hyundai lineup. But, it is also tied for the quickest for the automaker. Thanks can be given to the platform’s engine. The single choice for motivation comes from a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder that pumps out 291 hp. That is sufficient to make the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 7.2-seconds, according to Carindigo.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe – 7.2 seconds
The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, 185 hp engine is the base powerplant for this Santa Fe. However, there is a second option. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder is more powerful. It releases 235 hp to move the vehicle. Our friends at Raiti’s Rides claim a 7.2 second 0-60 mph time this powerplant. This makes it tied for first place in the Hyundai lineup.
2020 Hyundai Kona – 7.8 seconds
The Kona has two power choices. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, will pump out 147 hp, according to Caindigo. However, the quicker engine is a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that manages 175 hp. The time from 0-60 mph for this choice has been recorded by our friends at Automobile Catalog at 7.8-seconds.
2020 Hyundai Tucson – 9.6 seconds
The Tucson model is a popular little seller. The base powerplant for this model is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that pumps out 161 hp. However, there is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, that is capable of 181 hp. According to Consumer Reports, this powerplant moves the crossover SUV 0-60 mph in 9.6-seconds.
2020 Hyundai Venue – 9.8 seconds
The Venue is a recent addition to the Hyundai portfolio of products. It comes with only one engine choice at this time. That is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder. It manages to release 121 hp to move the vehicle, according to our friends at Carindigo.
2020 Hyundai Nexo – 9.5 seconds
The Nexo is a bit of an oddball. It shows up on this list because it is listed under the SUV category on Hyundai’s webpage. However, it is not a mass release vehicle. It is a hydrogen fuel-cell driven vehicle. As such, it is only available in select areas of the country. None-the-less, it is an SUV inclusion in the lineup of the manufacturer. So, it is included here for its 0-60 sprint times as well. It manages that at 9.5-seconds, according to Kelley Blue Book. Consider this as an Honorable Mention inclusion to the five fastest Hyundai SUVs list.
Overall, Hyundai has come a long way in its short history on our shores. The company has improved its quality over the years and continued to introduce more models. Indeed, the manufacturer now has a pretty broad portfolio of products. And, those products are not afraid to move pretty quickly as well. Considering the list above, the automaker has a few performance-oriented SUVs that can keep up with the best of them from other manufacturers. Who knew?