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

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime driving through a tunnel
Toyota RAV4 Prime
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Car acceleration about more than just thrilling speed. It’s also about having enough power to merge safely onto a busy highway and otherwise drive safely on busy, bustling roads.

“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.

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We measure sprints from 0 to 30 mph and 0 to 60 mph, and quarter-mile runs. The tests are conducted when wind and air temperatures are within a specific range to ensure comparable results, and we always use the same fuel.

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