1. Audi SQ5

Audi’s mid-size Q5 SUV has enjoyed modest success on the American market mostly due to its tough competition and high price. However, the SQ5 is in a class of its own because there aren’t many high-performance SUVs at the moment. Also, the SQ5 delivers a perfect blend of performance and practicality.

Under the hood is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 354 HP going to all four wheels over Audi’s famous Quattro AWD system. The intelligent all-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a host of electronic traction control systems equal to a swift 0 to 60 mph time of 5.1 seconds.