Editors’ Picks: Top Cars We Drove in 2021

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2021 Aston Martin DBX
Given the luxury marque’s storied history in racing (as well as cinema), an Aston Martin is about more than styling and luxury — and the DBX is no exception. This potent SUV possesses excellent performance thanks to its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG; the unit generates 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. According to Aston Martin, the DBX sprints to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 181 mph. We can’t attest to the top speed, but the acceleration figures seem spot on. Like a proper Aston Martin, the DBX takes on the role of Grand Tourer with aplomb, sporting plenty of power on tap and a comfortable, smooth ride. Although it cruises like a GT, the DBX can also be pushed like a sports car. Steering is precise with excellent feedback, and the SUV stays flat through corners thanks to all-wheel drive and tremendous grip from Pirelli P-Zero tires. Even though DBX is quintessentially Aston Martin, it still offers the capabilities of a proper SUV. The DBX has plenty of space in the rear seat and cargo areas, and if required it can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

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