Four-wheel drive is an effective car feature for helping drivers get through tough situations. The four-wheel-drive capabilities give some drivers a rush. Usually, 4x4s come in SUVs and pickup trucks. Although these cars get the hard jobs done, some of them even complete the 0-60 in an impressive time. These supercar 4x4s have completely changed the game for SUVs and pickup trucks.
However, not all 4x4s are fast. This is glaringly apparent when analyzing the slowest 4x4s to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour. These cars included SUVs with small engines which did not produce enough power to carry their 4,500-pound bodies. Although, it would be unfair not to point out that these 4x4s still had something to offer, even if they were horribly slow. With decent features and durability, the cars still performed at a respectable level. However, they posted horrible 0-60 times.
The fastest 4x4s to go 0-60 include supercar SUVs from some of the most expensive car companies in the world. These 4x4s push the limits of technology by carrying all four wheels to 0-60 times of under 4 seconds. The fastest 4x4s are generally new, implementing the years of engineering experience by each car company to produce some of the best 4x4s known to man.
The conventional 4x4 was a heavy-duty SUV with a high towing capacity. However, 4x4s now come in super-luxury models and even small, hatchback-sized SUVs. Here are the 10 fastest 4x4s to go 0 to 60 and 10 that barely do it at all.
As perhaps the fastest 4x4 SUV ever made, Hennessey's take on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk crushes all its 4x4 competitors in the 0-60 time and many other areas. With a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Trackhawk zooms its way to a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds, the fastest time for a 4x4 vehicle. The Jeep super-SUV has an astonishing rating of 1,012 horsepower and costs a whopping $179,000 which is pushing the limits of the company that produces conservative mid-sized SUVs. According to Top Speed, the Trackhawk is the fastest Jeep of all-time and reaches a top speed of up to 200 miles per hour.
The 2007 Hennessey Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT600 was a turbocharged Jeep that could compete with Corvettes and Porsches. According to Top Speed, the 6.1-liter V8 has 620 horsepower and finishes the 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. The Cherokee SRT600 has an incredible HEMI engine that made it the fastest SUV of its time while finishing the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds. The rare Jeep product was one of the first 4x4 cars to compete with the Corvette and the Porsche 911. As an upgrade on the Cherokee SRT8, the SRT600 surpassed all expectations with steering capabilities that set the standard for excellence.
As one of the best SUVs ever made, the Lamborghini Urus delivers with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds. The Urus was Lamborghini’s big step into the SUV market, and with a price tag starting at $200,000, the supercar SUV has the greatest features and engine specs. The 4.4-liter V8 engine of the Urus, though it doesn’t feature the conventional V12 Lamborghini engine, makes a mark in its own market with a 641-horsepower rating. This Lamborghini even competes with supercar coupes, with a quarter-mile time of 11.6 seconds at 121 MPH, and it’s at the top of the luxury SUV class.
As the king of Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the Brabus GLE Coupe 850 is the ultimate 4x4 car. With over 1,000 foot-pounds of torque, this Benz supercar is one of the fastest SUVs ever made. The 6.0-liter V8 engine is masterfully engineered by the Brabus team and lets out 850 horsepower, boosting it to a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. The GLE 850 is one of the only 4x4 cars to crack the clock under 4 seconds in the 0-60. According to Top Speed, it is the most powerful SUV coupe in the world, even boasting a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
As the only SUV by the brilliant Bentley car company, the Bentayga holds up the reputation of the luxury supercar brand. The Bentayga SUV comes with incredible interior features and goes beyond luxury to record an incredibly fast 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds. As one of the greatest luxury 4x4s ever made, the Bentayga releases 600 horsepower through a massive 6.0-liter V12 engine, even claiming a top speed of 187 miles per hour. With so much relentless power, the 4x4 Bentayga takes luxury SUVs to a whole new level while being called one of the fastest SUVs ever at its release.
The 2013 Bowler EXR S is the ultimate 4x4 car. This rare SUV has incredible off-road capabilities and backs up its talk on the track, as well, with a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds. The car manufacturer is based in the UK and developed the Bowler with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and a rugged body structure, making it the ultimate off-road car. According to Top Speed, the Bowler EXR S has 550 horsepower and pulls 700 pounds of torque. Simply put, the Bowler takes off-roading to the next level. With a $236,000 price tag, consumers could expect the highest quality parts and prime engineering artistry.
The BMW X6 M is the boss of all BMW SUVs. The $105,000, 567-horsepower X6 M pushes the line between an SUV and a supercar while posting a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. The manufacturer entered the SUV market with the BMW X5 and since then, they have mastered the art of SUV engineering in both luxury and sports performance. According to Car and Driver, the BMW X6 M distributes 553 pounds of torque to all four wheels with a dual-axle 4x4 system. The pride of BMW's SUVs delivers such a serious 0-60 time thanks to a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine.
Based on a concept car, the Audi RS Q3 is the fastest Q3 of the Audi SUV family. The 367-horsepower RS Q3 implements every bit of power through its magnificent engineering to push itself to a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. According to Top Speed, the RS Q3 has a uniquely small, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces an enormous amount of torque given its size: 343 foot-pounds, to be exact. With a top speed of 155 miles per hour, this performance-optimized SUV demonstrates its abilities on every level and is so rare that it’s still not released to the US public.
Range Rover has mastered the trade of creating SUVs and the company has put its entire focus on making sports utility vehicles since the foundation of its brand. Range Rover finally made a breakthrough into the speed market with the Range Rover SVR. The SVR is a supercharged Range Rover with an out-of-character 5.0-liter V8 that allows it to finish the 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. According to Range Rover, the SVR is a high mark for in terms of power, logging nearly 575 horsepower on the dyno scale and pushing out 516 foot-pounds of torque. The SVR maximizes performance with air vents in its carbon fiber hood.
The 1994 Lingenfelter GMC Suburban was well ahead of its time. As the oldest car on this list, the special-edition Suburban was one of the fastest SUVs of its time with a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds. It is one of the largest 4x4s to complete the 0-60 in under 5 seconds. The enormous, 9.9-liter engine is bigger than 99% of all engines and pushes out 550 horsepower. Although, as Car and the Driver points out, the car was powerful for towing and not top speed, thanks to 705 foot-pounds of torque. Regardless, the Lingenfelter is a force on the track.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is a 4x4 that is about as slow as it gets. The Sahara may be a misrepresentation of the rugged Wrangler because it’s the slowest Jeep to do the 0-60 test, clocking in at 11.3 seconds. In all fairness, the Sahara comes with excellent interior features, including Bluetooth phone connection, automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, and heated seats, according to Car and Driver. However, the Sahara is simply just not powerful with its 3.8-liter V6 distributing a measly 203 horsepower and an uncomfortable 237 foot-pounds of torque.
As one of the rare diesel editions among Jeep's products, the 2007 Jeep Patriot CRD Diesel may be one of the slowest Jeeps of all time. With a 0-60 time of 10.8 seconds, the Patriot CRD displays its lack of power with its 140-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. According to Automobile-Catalog, the 2007 Patriot CRD Barely pushes itself to a top speed of 112 miles per hour, even slower than most cars of its time. One highlight of this car is the sleek stylish Jeep look that Jeep never fails to deliver. However, besides its looks and interior features, the car simply has no power.
The Land Rover Discovery has always delivered as a high-quality SUV, but the 2005 TDV6 XS has one of the slowest 0-60s by a 4x4 car. According to Car Magazine, the Discovery TDV6 is extremely heavy—at 5,400 pounds —pulling its foundation to the floor and slowing down its speed. So much so, in fact, that the Discovery TDV6 can’t even outdo a minivan in the 0-60 test, coming with a disappointing time of 11.5 seconds. In other areas, the car delivers as a well-equipped luxury SUV but it is far from a powerful car with an unappealing, 188-horsepower, 2.7-liter V6 engine.
The Range Rover Evoque wasn’t designed to go fast; even the expensive models have a lack of power. The Evoque 2.0D HSE is the slowest of the Evoque family, with a 0-60 time of 10.2 seconds according to 0-60 Times. The 2.0-liter engine cannot put out enough power and creates just 178 horses—far too few to carry the 4,336-pound body of the Evoque HSE for a quick short burst of speed. The convertible SUV is one of the first of its kind and the car does have some beneficial features, such as getting up to 50 mpg with its diesel engine.
The 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel, much like the Jeep Patriot Diesel, is very skimpy on power and finished the 0-60 in 10 seconds flat. According to Car and Driver, the Liberty is even less powerful than the Patriot, clocking in at 160 horsepower. Although the car produces 295 foot-pounds of torque, the Liberty Diesel won’t get much towing done either. The 4x4 mini-SUV by Jeep may be a bit unbalanced in the power-to-weight department given it's got a 4,000-pound frame. The Liberty and Patriot were released by Jeep in order to enter the small and economic SUV market but both ended up falling short on speed.
The 2007 Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Tekna is an SUV that became Nissan’s main option for a small-sized SUV. The Qashqai 2.0 Tekna is a hatchback-type SUV that provides consumers with the option for a newly designed style of SUV. It’s also very slow. The Qashqai wasn’t exactly built for performance, as the 2.0 Tekna completes the 0-60 in a pitiful 11.1 seconds. According to Car Magazine, the 2007 Qashqai comes with an embarrassing 113 horsepower, giving it an inconceivably low amount of power. Although the car does provide economically, it bleeds weakness through its lack of power.
The Suburban usually makes the 0-60 on an average of 8 seconds, which is surprising considering how heavy the car is. However, the 1992 Suburban may be the straw that broke the camel’s back because the third generation of the legendary Chevy SUV completes the 0-60 in 11.4 seconds. The Suburban 1500 is known to be a hauling master, towing up to 7,000 pounds of cargo, according to GM Trucks. The 5.7-liter engine of the 1992 Suburban, one of the greatest and most utilized engines of all time, still fails to break an 11 second time on the 0-60 because of the Suburban’s massive weight of 5,800 pounds.
Mercury has long been discontinued but that doesn’t erase the awful memory of the 2005 Mercury Mariner Premier. The defunct small-sized SUV performed like it’s supposed to with a 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 engine: with a very slow 0-60 time of 9.4 seconds. Although the car is good for basic travel, it does not offer any features that go beyond the norm. Don’t depend on the Mariner to haul anything; the feeble and small SUV has a 1,000-pound limit on its payload. It is, however, a 4x4 car with fog lights, making it a possible choice for very, very light work.
The Explorer is one of the greatest mid-sized SUVs ever made. However, the 5,801-pound weight of the car may have caught up to its lack of power. The 160-horsepower 1995 Explorer Eddie Buer is one of the worst of the slow Ford SUVs, finishing the 0-60 in 10.8 seconds. The car is uncharacteristic of Ford, who always develops powerful engines. Even though this Explorer was a V6, it’s awfully disappointing that its 4.0-liter engine is only distributing 160 horsepower. The lack of power doesn’t exactly make up for it on mileage, either; the 1995 Explorer Eddie Bauer gets 16 MPG.
Skoda is a discreet auto manufacturer from the Czech Republic and the Yeti is their compact SUV. The Skoda Yeti was the first SUV the company ever produced, and its performance well signifies the inexperience of the car with a 9.8-second 0-60 time. The Yeti Outdoor 2.0 TD produces a disheartening 108 horsepower, making it one of the least powerful SUVs ever made. The car is distributed fully throughout Europe and Asia but is rarely seen in the US. The lack of power and features simply make the Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI an unprofitable option for dealers in the States.
Sources: Automobile Catalog, Car Magazine UK, Top Speed, and Car and Driver.