Small sport utility vehicles have finally found the spotlight, and with good reason. Because they are based on sedan platforms, they have the virtues of good handling and lighter weights. But in general, small SUVs have greater ground clearance than their sedan counterparts, along with flexible interiors that are more accommodating to people and cargo. In other words, they provide the best of both worlds. And now that the genre has been established, buyers are demanding more. Specifically, they want more power. And manufacturers are happy to comply.
For the purposes of this article, we’re using the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s classification for "Small SUVs" to determine which vehicles are eligible. To judge power, we're ranking the horsepower ratings of each SUV's most powerful engine. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s explore the 10 most powerful small SUVs for 2018.