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Bankrate's 2007 New Car Guide
What's hot?
All new for 2008 plus a fun interactive to pinpoint the best car for you.
What's hot?
SUV | Performance
No matter how concerned buyers are about fuel economy, it's a given that most still want a vehicle that accelerates well. We rank the cars that deliver the most bang for buck.
 Porsche Cayenne 3.6-liter V6, 290 horsepower
4.8-liter, 385 horsepower
4.8-liter turbo V8, 500 horsepower
Porsche Cayenne   What else should you expect from Porsche except a very fast SUV? There are three engine options and at the top of the heap is the 500-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that can propel the Cayenne to more than 170 mph. Yet the towing capacity of this SUV is an amazing 7,700 pounds. MSRP: $43,400-$93,700.
 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 6.1-liter V8, 420 horsepower
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8   Jeep has applied Chrysler's muscle-car hemi engine to the rugged Grand Cherokee and the result is a tire-smoking SUV. To handle all that power, the SRT-8 version of the Grand Cherokee gets a different all-wheel-drive setup instead of the conventional four-wheel-drive unit. What that means is that this SUV is less capable when not on pavement. MSRP: $40,230.
 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 6.3-liter V8, 507 horsepower
Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG   The Mercedes-Benz ML-class SUV gets the high-performance treatment from the in-house hot-rod crew at AMG and the result is a 507-horsepower monster that can challenge sports cars for straight-line speed. As will all performance-oriented SUVs, the AMG version of the ML is better suited to pavement than dirt. Yet it can get to 60 mph in 5 seconds. MSRP: $85,500.

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