Cars With the Fastest Acceleration in Consumer Reports' Tests
See the cars, SUVs, and trucks with the best and worst acceleration in several popular categories
Car acceleration is not just about speed. It’s also essential to safe driving, such as having enough power to merge safely onto a busy highway.
“The quickest car to 60 mph isn’t necessarily the best all-around performer, but it is helpful to know that the vehicle provides a competitive level of acceleration from a standstill and when passing,” says Joseph Veselak, senior automotive testing technician at Consumer Reports.
At our test track in Colchester, Conn., we measure acceleration on every model we purchase. The vehicles each are rigged with a GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer and a display that’s mounted on the windshield. This equipment records time, speed, and distance with great precision.