Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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No matter how concerned you may be or not be about fuel economy, it's a given that most drivers still want a vehicle that accelerates well. We rank the cars that deliver the most bang for the buck.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

BMW X6 xDrive50i400 horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8

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The high-performance version of BMW's largest sport utility vehicle is equipped with a 400-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine that will travel zero-to-60 mph in 5.3 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel-drive is standard and other high-performance features on the BMW X6 xDrive50i include a six-speed automatic transmission and Adaptive Drive, which automatically shifts the suspension between sport and comfort settings depending on the driving situation. To improve performance and traction, Dynamic Performance Control electronically allocates power from front-to-rear and side-to-side. Go »
Infiniti FX50390 horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8

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Introduced in 2003, Infiniti's FX was an early entry on the crossover scene and caught buyers' attention with its unusual, sleek styling. Redesigned for 2009, the FX's sleek styling remains, but its top-of-the-line model has become even more high performance. Powered by a 390-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, the FX50 comes with standard all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. For those who prefer the experience of shifting while they drive, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available. Go »
Porsche Cayenne
Turbo S
550 horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8

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If you have six figures to spend on a car and you want to drive a crossover SUV that feels like a rocket ship, you'll love the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, introduced as a 2009 model. Porsche says that the 550-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 in the Turbo S logs a zero-to-60 mph time of just 4.7 seconds. To further enhance performance, the Cayenne Turbo S features sport-tuned steering that is speed sensitive as well as an active suspension that electronically changes the stiffness to reduce body roll when cornering. Go »
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