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Looking for some fuel-efficient AWD cars? Try these Subarus.

AWD Cars with Great Gas Mileage | CarMax

An all-wheel drive vehicle can give you a lot of added confidence while you're behind the wheel, providing your vehicle with the added power and tire control that you need in rough terrain or adverse road conditions. But what about fuel economy? When you shop for AWD cars with great gas mileage, you can enjoy fewer stops at the pump and more time off the beaten path. There are even all-wheel drive hybrids to optimize fuel economy and appeal to the green-conscious buyers out there. Check out our list of the best all-wheel drive cars with good gas mileage below, based on CarMax vehicle data and fuel economy estimates from fueleconomy.gov.1 And yes, they are all Subarus this year!

  1. 2016-2017 Subaru Outback 2.5L Automatic
  2. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0L Automatic
  3. 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0L Automatic
  4. 2015-2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5L Automatic
  5. 2014-2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0L Automatic
  6. 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0L Automatic

6. 2016-2017 Subaru Outback 2.5L Automatic

The 2016 and 2017 Subaru Outback base trim 2.5-liter engine offers an estimated 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.2 This vehicle is technically classified as a midsize wagon, but it looks and feels more like a small SUV. It seats five passengers comfortably, and is available with an impressive five trim levels (six in the 2017 model year, as this saw the addition of the Touring trim). All trim levels besides the 3.6R trims come with a standard 2.5-liter engine, as well as the following standard equipment:

  • rearview camera
  • hill descent control and holding assist
  • smartphone integration
  • roof rails
  • a touchscreen interface

If you're looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle that comes standard with AWD and don't mind driving a wagon, this Outback could be a great choice for you.

5. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0L Automatic

Offering an estimated 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with base 2.0-liter engine is a five-passenger crossover that comes standard with all-wheel drive.2 It's available in four trim options (including two hybrid options that will be covered later on). Standard features and equipment on the base 2.0i Premium trim includes:

  • heated mirrors and heated front seats
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • roof rails
  • 17-inch wheels for a smooth ride

In addition to its fuel economy and AWD capabilities, drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the 2014 XV Crosstrek's ample interior space, which maxes out at an impressive 51.9 cubic feet. Even with the second row of seats fully in use, you'll enjoy 22.3 cubic feet of space and plenty of head and foot room for all your passengers.

4. 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0L Automatic

Offering a slight improvement in fuel economy over the 2014 model year, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with its base 2.0-liter engine gets an estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.2 So, what are some of the other differences between the 2014 and 2015 XV Crosstrek? For starters, the 2015 model year sees the addition of a new base trim, known as the 2.0i. Standard features in this trim that are not found in the base trim of the 2014 XV Crosstrek include:

  • rear privacy glass
  • a 6.2-inch touchscreen interface
  • a rearview camera

On the flip side, buyers will need to upgrade to the next trim level (the 2.0i Premium) for heated mirrors and heated front seats. From a space perspective, the 2015 XV Crosstrek is unchanged, offering 22.3 cubic feet with seats intact and 51.9 cubic feet with second-row seats folded down.

3. 2015-2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5L Automatic

If a crossover or wagon doesn't appeal to you, a full-size sedan like the 2015-2016 Subaru Legacy may be a better choice. Both model years of this vehicle offer an estimated 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway in their base 2.5-liter engine that, like all Subarus, comes standard with AWD. The differences between the 2015 and 2016 Legacy are minimal, with the 2016 version seeing improved shock absorbers and more infotainment features in some trim levels.2

Both model years are available in four trims: the base 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and the 3.6R Limited. All trims come with a 2.5-liter engine except for the 3.6R Limited, which is equipped with a six-cylinder 3.6-liter engine.

Standard features in the 2016 Subaru Legacy base 2.5i trim include:

  • rearview camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen interface
  • four-speaker sound system

Upgraded trims include additional features, such as a sunroof, navigation system, larger touchscreen, and leather upholstery.

2. 2014-2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0L Automatic

Boasting an estimated 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, the 2014-2016 Subaru Impreza is a compact sedan (though it also comes in a hatchback version), making it the smallest AWD vehicle on this list.2 Across the three model years, some of the notable changes and upgrades have been the addition of a standard rearview camera and touchscreen interface in 2015, as well as the integration of Subaru’s STARLINK™ cloud applications for the 2016 model year.

For a small sedan/hatchback, the Impreza offers a surprising amount of interior space. In its hatchback version, there is 22.5 cubic feet of trunk space that extends to an impressive 52.4 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.

The 2014-2016 Impreza is available in four trim levels, all of which come with:

  • keyless entry
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • four-speaker sound system

Upgraded features in higher trim levels include roof rails, keyless ignition, navigation system, and larger 17-inch wheels.

1. 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 2.0L Automatic

As the only true all-wheel drive hybrid on this list, the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid offers an estimated 29 mpg city and 32 mpg highway in its base, 2.0-liter engine.2 This five-passenger crossover boasts the following standard features:

  • heated mirrors and heated front seats
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • roof rails
  • 17-inch wheels

Overall, if you're looking for a crossover that you can feel good about driving while still enjoying AWD capabilities and a surprising amount of interior space, the 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid is worth a second look.

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1 To compile this list, we took AWD vehicles sold by CarMax and ranked them by the EPA’s estimated city MPG and used the estimated highway MPG to break ties, when applicable.
2 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
Unless otherwise noted, information relating to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.


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