V-8 SUVs aren't quite as common as they used to be, with more manufacturers seeking to maximize fuel economy by way of six-cylinder engines, superchargers, and even turbochargers. Still, the best V-8 SUVs currently available have been in the mix for quite some time, keeping the eight-cylinder tradition alive and bringing considerable amounts of torque to the table. Eight-cylinder SUVs are still a great option for anyone who needs versatile power or high-end performance from their people mover.
Let's take a quick look at 10 of the best V-8 SUVs for 2014.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 01 - 2015 GMC Yukon Denali
The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is already on sale in 2014, and this completely-revised version of the domestic brand's full-size SUV features an exclusive 6.2-liter V-8 engine that has been tuned to provide 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends that output to either the rear or all four wheels (if optional four-wheel drive is selected), giving the GMC Yukon Denali an advantage over its less-endowed Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban cousin. Available in two different wheelbases, and capable of seating as many as eight passengers, the Yukon Denali is a formidable and luxurious V-8 SUV.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 02 - 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser is what you might call a 'stealth luxury' vehicle. Not many people expect the Land Cruiser to sit at the apex of the automaker's lineup, but that's exactly where you'll find the V-8 SUV. It's the most expensive vehicle that Toyota sells, but it's also one of the best equipped in terms of premium features as well as off-road technologies (standard low-range four-wheel drive, dynamic suspension system, Multi-Terrain Select system). A 5.7-liter V-8 provides 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque for the seven-passenger Land Cruiser, and a six-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 03 - 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i
The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i was redesigned for the current model year and that means more power for its twin-turbo V-8 engine, which now boasts 450 horses and 479 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly quick, despite not being marketed as the brand's fastest sport-utility vehicle, the BMW X5 xDrive50i can sprint to 60-mph in a scant 4.9 seconds, thanks in part to standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Seven-passenger seating can be added to the X5 xDrive50i, but we recommend against it - it's better to enjoy the more comfortable five-passenger configuration and its 66 cubic feet of total cargo space instead.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 04 - 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is a V-8 SUV that's even more bonkers than the BMW. The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also makes use of a pair of turbochargers to help get the most out of its 4.7-liter V-8. A total of 550 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque are on offer from the beast-like SUV, and not only does the Turbo S feature all-wheel drive but it also comes with a torque-vectoring rear differential and an active suspension system to help keep the five-passenger model on track. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the gear shifting duties for all versions of the Cayenne.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 05 - 2015 Cadillac Escalade
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade rides on a mechanical platform that is very similar to that of the Yukon Denali. This means it's motivated by the same 6.2-liter V-8 engine good for 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, can be had in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive editions, and also features magnetic ride control suspension. Separating the Cadillac Escalade from its GMC cousin is a second level of luxury gear and remarkable styling that establishes the vehicle as one of the most aspirational products built by General Motors. Top trim levels of the Escalade come with adaptive cruise control and an automatic braking system that can intervene to prevent collisions both front and rear.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 06 - 2014 Dodge Durango
The 2014 Dodge Durango is a bit of a tweener, a V-8 SUV that is a little too big to be considered a mid-size model, but not quite as large as full-size sport-utility vehicles offered by some of its rivals. This status fits the Dodge Durango quite well, as its wheelbase gives it good passenger room (up to seven) as well as a unibody chassis that is strong enough to tow a hefty 7,400 lbs. The vehicle's available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 churns out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, and it's managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Low-range four-wheel drive can be ordered with the Durango if you want to take the SUV off-road.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 07 - 2014 Infiniti QX70
The 2014 Infiniti QX70 is a most unusual V-8 SUV, a vehicle that has more in common with a sport sedan than a sport-utility thanks to its well-engineered chassis and lithe bodywork. Ordering the Infiniti QX70 with its 5.0-liter V-8 introduces all-wheel drive as well as 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, with a seven-speed automatic transmission also along for the ride. It only takes the QX70 5.5 seconds to reach 60-mph from a standing start, and while interior room might be a bit cramped behind the front row, this is an SUV that's best appreciated from the driver's seat.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 08 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML550
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML550 presents traditional luxury SUV shoppers with gobs of power wrapped in a civilized package. The Mercedes-Benz ML550 isn't often in the conversation when discussion high performance V-8 SUVs, but its 4.7-liter, eight-cylinder engine is turbocharged to produce 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive helps keep the ML550 planted through the corners, and five passenger seating inside the Mercedes-Benz is comfortable and spacious. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with the vehicle, which can also be ordered with a substantial level of active safety gear (lane departure assistance, blind spot monitoring and assistance, forward collision warning).
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 09 - 2014 Land Rover Range Rover
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate luxury SUV for anyone who's ever wanted to take their living room off-road. Unstoppable thanks to its Terrain Response system, full-time four-wheel drive, and bevy of electronic aides, the Land Rover Range Rover is a Sahara-crosser that you can also have valeted at the ballet. The Range Rover's 510 horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 (which is also good for 461 lb-ft of torque) is a masterpiece, and its eight-speed automatic transmission ensures that runs to 60-mph are accomplished in a spirited 4.7 seconds. Don't forget, too, the Land Rover's extensive customization program, which allows for an almost bespoke ordering process.
Best V-8 SUVs for 2014 - 10 - 2014 Lexus LX 570
The 2014 Lexus LX 570 takes the bones of the Toyota Land Cruiser and gives them an upmarket pizzazz intended to lure in shoppers who want the prestige that goes with the brand's badge. Under its skin the Lexus LX 570 V-8 SUV features the same 5.7-liter, eight-cylinder motor found in the Toyota, which means 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque matched wit ha six-speed automatic transmission. You also get the same unusual fold-down third row seats (bringing passenger capacity to seven), the Multi-Terrain system, full-time four-wheel drive, and an active suspension system.