Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient SUVS for 2003

From Edmunds.com

We've compiled a list of the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs currently sold in the U.S. based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles per gallon ratings for city and highway travel. We considered only those SUVs that you can refuel at a regular gas station, so there are no electric or natural gas vehicles on this list.

In order to arrive at a final hierarchy, we totaled the EPA's city and highway mpg ratings (which are shown next to each vehicle). All ratings apply to base 2WD models equipped with a manual transmission, unless indicated otherwise. An asterisk indicates an automatic transmission. In some cases, if the 4WD version was rated the same as the 2WD, we only showed the 4WD model. Also, we only allowed a given model to appear once on the list unless the automatic and manual transmission versions were identically rated.

  1. Toyota RAV4 — 25/31
  2. Saturn Vue — 23/28
    Ford Escape — 23/28
    Mazda Tribute — 23/28
    Honda CR-V* — 23/28
  3. Chevrolet Tracker* — 23/26
    Chevrolet Tracker — 23/26
    Suzuki Vitara — 23/26
    Toyota Highlander* — 22/27
  4. Honda Element* — 22/26
    Subaru Forester* — AWD 21/27
  5. Mitsubishi Outlander* — 21/26
    Hyundai Santa Fe* — 20/27
    Hyundai Santa Fe — 20/27
  6. Nissan Murano* — 20/25
    Buick Rendezvous — 19/26
    Pontiac Aztek — 19/26
  7. Isuzu Rodeo — 20/24
    Isuzu Rodeo Sport — 20/24
    Jeep Liberty 4WD — 20/24
  8. Nissan Xterra — 19/24
  9. Lexus RX 300* — 19/23
    Volvo XC90* — 18/24
  10. Suzuki Grand Vitara — 19/22

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