Even though many people have shifted their tastes to sub-compact, fuel-efficient cars, there are still plenty of reasons to buy a car with a bit more muscle. When you're buying a four-wheel drive vehicle, you'll want something with enough power to be useful for both work and leisure. While "muscle car" usually conjures an image of a high-powered sports car or 1970s classic auto, plenty of all-wheel-drive vehicles have the engine size and suspension to compete for that title. Whether you're planning to haul heavy loads, go off-roading or just feel secure on your commute, these five vehicles have plenty of muscle.
1.) Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 - A long-time family favourite, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been versatile and sturdy. The SRT-8 model is especially powerful with its 470-hp 6.4-litre V8 engine and sport-tuned suspicion. This SUV handles like a FPV and has enough power to do all of the hauling you could want.
2.) Cadillac Escalade - For people who want a little bit of everything, the Cadillac Escalade combines the best features of a rugged SUV, muscle car and luxury vehicle. With a 6.2L V-8 403HP engine and six-speed automatic transmission, this vehicle has plenty of power. Its navigation system, overhead airbags and airbag occupancy sensors help to keep it safe for families, and the vehicle has an overall feel of luxury and security that makes it a real joy to drive.
3.) Ford F-150 - A long-time classic, this pickup is large enough to transport a family but has enough hauling capacity to tackle nearly any job. Fitted with a Triton 6.2L V-8 411hp engine and six-speed transmission, this truck has plenty of power, and it's rugged enough to tackle nearly any terrain. The driveline traction control helps to keep the ride smooth and safe, and overhead airbags in both rows of seats add to the overall sense of security while riding.
4.) Porsche Cayenne - When it comes to modern muscle cars, Porsche is a common name. This SUV is one of the most affordable Porsches on the market, and its supreme quality is evident from its smooth drive and powerful handling. With a 4.8L V-8 500HP engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, this SUV has plenty of power. It also sports a sleek and stylish body and all of the usual safety features that a family looks for in an SUV: side-mounted airbags, airbag occupancy sensors, anti-lock brakes and a mounted navigation system.
5.) Land Rover Range Rover - When considering powerful four-wheel drive vehicles, the Range Rover comes immediately to mind, and this powerful auto lives up to its reputation as a rugged workhorse. Fitted with a 5.0L V-8 510hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the Range Rover has enough muscle to tackle any job. Fitted with standard safety features and sporting a smooth, utilitarian body style, this vehicle is the perfect choice for someone who wants to combine strength, utility and space.
Thanks to their big engines and impressive horsepower, these vehicles might not always be the most economical to drive. If you're looking for something powerful and sturdy, though, they're the perfect choice for any job you need them to do.
March 30, 2013 3:40 PM | Vehicles