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2015 Jeep Cherokee, Most-Powerful Small Crossovers

With an available 271-horsepower V6, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee tops our list.

In the movie Scarface, explaining how things work in America, would-be drug kingpin Tony Montana explains, “You gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, you get the women.”

As car guys, we’ve never been especially good at getting women, but we do know a little bit about power, and it turns out, Tony was wrong about the money—at least when it comes to small crossovers. The fact is, you can tap a fair amount of power for a relatively modest amount of money in this class; you just have to know where to look.

For these decently tidy-size vehicles, premium power comes from one of two engine types: V6s, and turbocharged 4-cylinders. In each case below, the featured engine is the top dog in that model’s lineup, and available only on certain models.

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Jeep Cherokee: 271 Horsepower/239 pound-feet of torque

2015 Jeep Cherokee

2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited

Engine: 3.2-liter V6

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Models availability: Lattitude, Limited, Trailhawk

Base price: $27,385 (Front-drive Lattitude)

 

Kia Sportage: 260 horsepower/269 pound-feet of torque

2015 Kia Sportage

2015 Kia Sportage SX

Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Model Availability: SX

Base price: $28,995 (Front-drive)

 

Subaru Forester: 250 horsepower/259 pound-feet of torque

2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0XT

Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

Transmission: CVT

Model Availability: 2.0XT

Base price: $29,345 (with standard AWD)

 

Ford Escape: 240 horsepower/270 pound-feet of torque

2015 Ford Escape, most powerful small crossovers

2015 Ford Escape Titanium

Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Model Availability:SE, Titanium

Base price: $27,150 (front-drive SE)

 

Mitsubishi Outlander: 224 horsepower/215 pound-feet of torque

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander, most powerful small crossovers

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

Engine: 3.0-liter V6

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Model Availability: GT

Base price: $29,045 (with standard AWD)

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