I've been toying around with the idea of consolidating my 135is and Grand Cherokee into one vehicle. I'm slightly tempted by the various hotted up SUVs out there, but they're all so...heavy.
Here's a list of possibly-not-insanely-expensive SUVs with some kind of sporting pretenses, sorted by power-to-weight ratio. For reference, my 135is at 320 hp and 3439 lbs has a power-to-weight ratio of 10.7 lb/hp.
2007-10 BMW X5 4.8i/xDrive48i - 350 hp - 5335 lbs - 15.2 lb/hp
2006-09 Range Rover Sport Supercharged - 390 hp - 5671 lbs - 14.5 lb/hp
2004-06 BMW X5 4.8is - 355 hp - 5016 lbs - 14.1 lb/hp
2005-10 Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi - 330 hp - 4665 lbs - 14.1 lb/hp
2011-14 BMW X3 xDrive35i - 300 hp - 4222 lbs - 14.1 lb/hp
2011-14 Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi - 360 hp - 4850 lbs - 13.5 lb/hp
2010-14 Ford Flex EcoBoost - 355-365 hp - 4909 lbs - 13.4 lb/hp
2011-13 BMW X5 xDrive50i - 400 hp - 5379 lbs - 13.4 lb/hp
2008-09 Saab 9-7x Aero - 390 hp - 4781 lbs - 12.3 lb/hp
2008-10 Porsche Cayenne GTS - 405 hp - 4949 lbs - 12.2 lb/hp
2006-09 Chevy Trailblazer SS AWD - 390 hp - 4663 lbs - 12 lb/hp
2003-06 Porsche Cayenne Turbo - 450 hp - 5200 lbs - 11.6 lb/hp
2006-10 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 - 420 hp - 4819 lbs - 11.5 lb/hp
2010-13 Range Rover Sport Supercharged - 510 hp - 5816 lbs - 11.4 hp
2012-14 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - 470 hp - 5150 lbs - 11 lb/hp
2008-10 Porsche Cayenne Turbo (+ '06 Turbo S) - 500 hp - 5200 lbs - 10.4 lb/hp
2007-12 Mercedes ML63 AMG - 503 hp - 5093 lbs - 10.1 lb/hp
2010-13 BMW X5 M - 555 hp - 5368 lbs - 9.7 lb/hp
2008-10 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S - 9.4 lb/hp
Obviously not everything on this list can't be had for $30k, but just throwing all the ideas out there.
Which would you choose? Anything I've missed? (And don't say Q7 or Touareg—the V8 & V10 TDI are massively heavy and at the low end of the hp range.)
Other options that people suggested and might as well throw on the list: Trailblazer SS/Saab 9-7x Aero, ML63 AMG, X3 35i. List has been updated.
I also did a little math on gas. My yearly fuel cost on both my cars is about $2270. Something that gets 15 mpg and takes premium would burn about $3000/year of gas.
So, $730/year more on gas isn't earth shattering, but since my goal here is to save money by consolidating, something to keep in mind. The only members of this list that won't raise my fuel cost are the Flex Ecoboost, and X3 35i.
Oh and I guess there's also the idea of a fast awd wagon, to which I'm not opposed. Lighter, certainly better on gas, plus lower to the ground (which I'm willing to live with as long as I've got awd + snow tires).
2005-2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT wagon - 243 hp - 3530 lbs - 14.5 lb/hp
2009-2010 Audi A6 Avant 3.0T - 300 hp - 4255 lbs - 14.2 lb/hp
2008-2010 BMW 535xi/535i xDrive - 300 hp - 4145 lbs - 13.8 lb/hp