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Performance Cars, Trucks, and SUVs

A performance car is one that does what it says on the tin: it out-performs the competition. Whether it's acceleration, top speed, or braking, high-performance cars, trucks, and SUVs are sought after for their unique capabilities.

Some popular high-performance vehicles include:

There are myriad ways to modify, configure, and customize your high-performance vehicle. Enthusiasts know the best way to decide which one is right for you is to take it for a test drive. But we've got the next best thing: high-performance test drive reviews and advice.


Recent Performance research


2021 BMW X4 M Competition

The king of the X4 lineup, does the BMW X4 M Competition deserve the hallowed M badge?


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

Toyota's TRD Pro brand is applied to a line of extreme off-road trucks and SUVs, and the Tacoma TRD Pro competes against mid-size off-road trucks like the Chevy Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and Nissan Frontier Pro-4X.


2021 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD Review

Our reviewer was able to sample the 2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD decked out in the sporty-looking F Sport package.


Side By Side: Ford Bronco vs. Ford Bronco Sport

Ford made up for the long hiatus by bringing out the 2021 Bronco and the smaller 2021 Bronco Sport.


Side by Side: 2022 Toyota GR 86 vs. 2023 Nissan Z

In this breakdown, we'll take a closer look at the upcoming enthusiast cars from Toyota and Nissan.


Editor's Picks: Wagons and Hatchbacks for 2021

We round up the best examples of wagons and hatches ever made.


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Review

Does the return of the Mach 1 make up for the 17-year-wait since its predecessor?


2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Review

Unoficially, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is the ultimate hot hatch.


Side by Side: Ford F-150 Raptor vs. RAM 1500 TRX

Let's breakdown the two beasts that are the Ford F-150 Raptor and the RAM 1500 TRX.


Our History of the Chevrolet Corvette

Nearing seven decades of production, the Corvette has had quite the journey from an auto show highlight to becoming a global name.


First Look: 2023 Nissan Z

The dream of the nineties is alive and well with the 2023 Nissan Z.


2021 Ford Bronco Badlands: Video Review

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands: Video Review

It's the all-new Ford Bronco sporting the two-door Badlands trim level, equipped with the Sasquatch off-road package. Check out our video review here.


Side by Side: Toyota 4Runner vs. Jeep Wrangler

Side by Side: Toyota 4Runner vs. Jeep Wrangler

Like the Mustang vs. the Camaro, the 4Runner vs. the Wrangler is a longstanding rivalry. What separates these two, and does one come out ahead?


2021 Jeep Cherokee Trim Level Guide

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trim Level Guide

The Jeep Cherokee is one of the most iconic SUVs ever made, with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offering more options and packages than ever before.


2022 Toyota Tundra: First Look

2022 Toyota Tundra: First Look

Toyota is looking to steal the full-sized truck show with the release of the 2022 Toyota Tundra.


Our Favorite Off-Road SUVs for Summer Road Trips

Our Favorite Off-Road SUVs for Summer Road Trips

Summer: the season of ice cream, shorts, and road trips. Take your family-hauler to the next level with one of our favorite off-road SUVs.


2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Review

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Review

The Alpina is BMW's in-house boutique builder, and the BMW Alpina XB7 is its first SUV.


Read Great Crossovers and SUVs with 5-Star Safety Ratings

Great Crossovers and SUVs with 5-Star Safety Ratings

SUVs have evolved into some of the safest vehicles on the road today. Here are our top picks of the safest SUVs and CUVs for 2021.


Read SUVs and Crossovers with Heated & Cooled Seats

SUVs and Crossovers with Heated & Cooled Seats

Here are some of the best SUVs and crossovers with this formerly high-end only feature.


Read 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review

The AMG E63 S is full of personal touches that make it an extrordinary example of Mercedes-Benz engineering.


Read Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Car Colors for 2021

Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Car Colors for 2021

White, black, and silver may still be popular car colors. But there's a rainbow of choice out there if you know where to look.


Exterior view of the 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition

2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition Review

The 2020 Lexus RCF Track Edition is now the 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, offering power and poise to curves and more.


Exterior view of the 2021 BMW M5 Competition

2021 BMW M5 Competition Review

Does the BMW M5 Competition sedan live up to its legendary status?


Exterior view of the 2021 Bronco Sport First Edition

2021 Bronco Sport First Edition Review

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport shares much of its underpinnings with the Ford Escape, but offers all-wheel drive and off-road capabilities.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 Review

Take a spin in the the 2021 2500HD equipped with LTZ trim level, equipped with the legendary Duramax diesel engine, and the off-road-ready Z71 package.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51

2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51 Review

For the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51, Chevrolet made some upgrades to make it worth the wait.


Exterior view of the 2021 Bronco Sport First Edition

2021 Bronco Sport First Edition Review

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport shares much of its underpinnings with the Ford Escape, but offers all-wheel drive and off-road capabilities.


Exterior view of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited Review

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited takes a trip through its natural habitat of the Pacific Northwest.


Exterior view of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Made in Detroit: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Drive

Under the hood, and behind the curtain: peek inside the Jeep factory for the unveiling of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.


Exterior view of the 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 4X4

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 4X4 Review

Not all rare vehicles are vintage sports cars. Sometimes, they're V-8 powered pickup trucks like the 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4.


Exterior view of the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Review

Go for a spin in the legendary Hellcat-powered 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody.


Exterior view of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe

First Drive: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe

The newest addition to the Wrangler's storied lineup is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) setup.


Composite image of the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Wrangler

What's the Difference: Ford Bronco vs. Jeep Wrangler

After a quarter of a century, the Ford Bronco is coming back to take on Jeep's iconic off-roader, the Jeep Wrangler.


Exterior view of the BMW X7

All Black Is the New Black: Special Editions

Embrace your dark side with one of these "blackout" editions from popular automakers like BMW and Hyundai.


Exterior view of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Review

As a performance-packed SUV with third row seating, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 has a lot to offer. 


Exterior view of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Review

What about a two-row SUV, with a swoopy roofline... and... a high-output V6? Yep, Mercedes makes one. It's called the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe.


Exterior view of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Future Classics: The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Whatever version of the Sport Turismo you choose, it will likely be on the must-have list for many collectors. The performance and heritage of this sports car make it a guaranteed classic.


Exterior view of the Ford Bronco

Future Classics: The Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco is easily earmarked for classic status with its G.O.A.T. modes, helping drivers navigate over whatever terrain they choose.


Exterior views of the 2021 BMW X7 M50i

2021 BMW X7 M50i Review

With a ferocious 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood, the BMW X7 M50i will challenge your idea of what a large SUV can do.


Exterior views of the 2020 Subaru WRX STI White Series

2020 Subaru WRX STI White Series Review

The WRX is by far one of the best-handling cars ever made, and if you're looking for a JDM sports car to daily drive, it should be at the top of your list.


See the body of the 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC

2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC

Acura continues its tradition of practical performance in the 2021 model year with an update to the TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC.


See the body of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Review

The debut of the 2020 Shelby GT500 brings forth the most powerful production vehicle Ford has ever made


See the body of the 2020 Ford F-250 Tremor

2020 Ford F-250 Tremor Review

There's a reason why the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck for more than 40 years, and it comes down to the sheer variety of choices this truck offers its buyers.


See the body of the 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance

2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance Review

Buyers at all price points have access to some of the best performance cars ever made, and the venerable Ford Mustang is at the top of the list.


See the exterior of the 2022 Subaru BRZ

2022 Subaru BRZ Overview

Available in Premium and Limited trim levels, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is a small, nimble 2+2 coupe, but has new looks, fresh tech and more power.


See the exterior of the 2022 Subaru BRZ

2022 Subaru BRZ Video

The BRZ is a popular and affordable sports car from Subaru. For 2022, the BRZ is all-new, and we have a world's first look -- right now.


Honda Civic Si exterior

Honda Comparison: 1999 Civic Si vs 2020 Civic Si

A changing market means the two-door Civic set to exit production. So to mark the occasion, Honda recently presented a group of journalists with the opportunity to drive an original coupe back to back with the 2020 model.


See the body of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV

2022 GMC Hummer EV Overview

At the peak of Hummer's popularity, the line of military-derived SUVs was seen as public enemy number one for environmentalists, but that will likely change with the introduction of the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT Review

Chevrolet finally did what fans and owners and even company executives have wanted it to do for decades: It made a mid-engine production Corvette.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Maxima SR

2020 Nissan Maxima SR Review

A benchmark for companies producing sedans that standout among crossovers and SUVs is the Nissan Maxima, and the SR trim offers plenty of upgrades.


See the body of the 2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender Review

As the first major update in 70 years, the new Land Rover Defender has a lot to live up to. But just to look at it, you can tell Land Rover has done their homework here, with a thoroughly modern update inside and out.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Review

Is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 THE sports car to buy? Take a peek at the trim packages offered in this video overview of this powerful offering from Chevrolet.


See the exterior of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

Check out the upgrades offered to off-road enthusiasts in the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.


See the body of the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew Review

The Ford F-150 Rapter SuperCrew is a super-powered truck that can, possbily, leap tall buildings in a single bound.


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