Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

Talk about exhilarating. Sending a 5,000-plus-pound SUV down the road with a set of two tur-bochargers spooling up a full 550 horsepower and 560 foot-pounds of torque is a retina-dilating, nerve-racking, knuckle-reddening experience; you’ll want to do it again and again! Hitting 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 4.7 seconds never felt so fast, made legal speeds seem so dangerous and induce such police paranoia. It probably doesn’t help that you know it can do 174. Yes, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG sport ‘ute is fun, but in no way does it take away from the car’s glitz or interior comfort. It’s civilized, and if a reminder of civilized society doesn’t help you to reel your lead-footed giddiness in, a comĀ­bined 16 miles per gallon will.

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Price: $97,000
Engine: 5.5-liter twirvturbocharged V-8
Horsepower: 550
0 – 60: 4.7 sees
Top Speed: 174 mph
Transmission: 7-speed auto