Lots of space with less fuel stops.
Nobody wants to spend more than they need to at the pump. When most people think of fuel-sipping vehicles, they tend to think of small sedans and compact cars with minimal passenger and cargo space. You can get the best of both worlds when you opt for an SUV with fuel economy in mind. This list of SUVs with the best gas mileage was compiled using city fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov and CarMax inventory data in February 2018.1
Check out our list to get started in your fuel-efficient SUV search:
The 4WD versions of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Honda HR-V tie with an estimated 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (in their base four-cylinder engines).1 Both are subcompact SUVs with seating for up to five passengers, though there are some notable differences between these two vehicles. For instance, the Honda HR-V was all-new for the 2016 model year, so those looking for an SUV that has a longer-standing history and reputation, may lean toward the 2017 CX-3.
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels: the base Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. 2 Standard features found on the base trim include a sporty rear spoiler, 16-inch wheels, Bluetooth ® connectivity, and even a rearview camera. Drivers will also enjoy the ample storage space, with up to 44.5 cubic feet available when you fold those rear seats down.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is also available in three trim levels, including the base LX, EX, and EX-L Navi.2 Standard features across all trim levels include larger 17-inch wheels, power accessories, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. This vehicle also features Honda's popular "Magic Seat," that can be folded into various configurations for creative storage space that drivers and passengers will appreciate.
Tying at number seven on our list of SUVs with the best gas mileage are the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Nissan Juke. These SUVs are both compact SUVs, though the Honda CR-V also made our coveted list of best compact SUVs in 2017. In its manual, front-wheel-drive, 4 cylinder engine version, the 2017 Juke offers an estimated 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Likewise, the 4 cylinder, all-wheel drive Honda CR-V boasts an estimated 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.1
Available in four trim levels (LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring2), the 2017 CR-V boasts a decent amount of standard equipment. This includes 17-inch wheels, a five-inch LCD infotainment screen, and both USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Those in the market for a car with plenty of creative storage space will appreciate the CR-V's many hidden compartments and ample storage space (nearly 40 cubic feet!).
Those who opt for the 2017 Nissan Juke will have a choice of more trim levels (five), including the base S, SV, SL, Nismo, and Nismo RS. 2 If you're looking for a vehicle with a little more power behind the wheel, you'll enjoy that the Juke comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Boasting an estimated 28 mpg city and 32 mpg highway in its 1.6 L 4 cylinder, front-wheel drive version, it might surprise you that the 2016 Nissan Juke shows better numbers than its 2017 manual counterpart.1 Like the 2017 model year, the 2016 Juke is available in five trim levels, 2 as well as a turbocharged engine for drivers with a need for speed. Other standard features included in the base S Juke include a rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, and smartphone integration that allows for hands-free calling and texting. Additional packages are also available for further customization, such as a Cold Weather and Tech packages.
At an estimated 29 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (in its XLE and Limited trims2) is the first hybrid SUV to make our list.1 This vehicle is a great option for those looking for a larger SUV that can seat between seven and eight passengers (depending on the trim you select). There are three trim options to choose from: the base LE, XLE, and Limited.
Offering an estimated 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in its all-wheel-drive base V6 engine, the 2016 Lexus RX 450H is a great option if you're looking for a luxury vehicle that will help save you money at the pump.1 The single base trim seats five passengers comfortably and boasts features like large 18-inch wheels for a smooth ride, a convenient power liftgate, leather upholstery throughout, and dual-zone climate control. Additional packages, such as the F Sport package and Luxury package, are also available if you'd like even more features.
The 2013 and 2017 model years of the Lexus RX 450H also make our list of SUVs with the best mpg. The 2013 Lexus RX 450H with front-wheel drive and the 2017 Lexus RX 450H both offer an estimated 31 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in their V6 engines.1 Both vehicles seat up to five passengers comfortably and are available in a single trim level, with additional package options available to suit drivers' needs.
Offering an estimated 31 mpg city and 34 mpg highway in its all-wheel drive, base four-cylinder engine version, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid also made our list of best SUVs in 2017.1 Its Hybrid version is great for growing families and, depending on the trim you choose, comes in both two- and three-row seating options. 2 It also boasts some standard features you might not expect, such as heated seats and multi-zone climate control.
Topping our list at an estimated 34 mpg city and 30 mpg highway in its four-cylinder engine, the 2016-2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the best gas mileage SUV on our list.1 It is available in a number of trim options (depending on model year2), with standard features including seating for up to five passengers, a unique touchscreen interface known as Entune, keyless entry and ignition, and even a sunroof!
Saving on fuel doesn’t have to mean buying a sedan. There are plenty of options when it comes to SUVs with great gas mileage.
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1Fuel 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.
2Fuel economy figures vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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