Turbo SUVs and crossovers are growing in popularity in today’s automotive market, and with good reason: Turbocharged engines can deliver more power than their naturally aspirated counterparts, but they’re also more efficient. As a result, they can satisfy the current customer interest in responsible performance.
The trade-off comes financially, since forced-induction power plants generally require a pricing premium and aren’t found on all standard models. Following are the ten Best Turbo SUVs according to us:
10. Ford Escape:
The Blue Oval was an early booster for turbo SUVs and crossovers, thanks in large part to its EcoBoost engines – which actually combine twin-turbocharging with direct injection, too. EcoBoost choices are offered up and down the automaker’s lineup, with two of the newest in the 2017 Ford Escape. The first is a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder unit that is geared for optimum fuel efficiency and returns 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined, yet it also makes more power – 179 horses and 177 lb.-ft. of torque – than the Escape’s standard, naturally aspirated engine.
The more athletic setup is a four-cylinder engine that forces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. of torque from its 2.0 liters of displacement. And even that powerplant has an EPA line of 22/29/25. Also notable: Both EcoBoost engines are bundled with standard start/stop technology and a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
9. Jeep Grand Cherokee:
Most of today’s turbo SUVs and crossovers rely on gasoline engines, creating a distinctly different selling point for the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee turbo diesel models. Those vehicles are fitted with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that can churn out 240 horsepower and a robust 420 lb.-ft. of torque, and that’s enough brute force to pull up to 7,400 lbs.
The enhanced efficiency of that diesel-fed powerplant – paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission – enables EPA ratings of 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.