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Spacious convenience with fewer trips to the pump.

SUVs with Great Gas Mileage | CarMax

If you are looking for comfort, extra cargo space, and less stops at the pump, these 13 high-mpg SUVs have all the benefits and more. Whether you have a bunch of kids or like to carpool with friends, SUVs are also a practical and versatile option when it comes to getting around.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of 13 SUVs with the best gas mileage for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, and using city and highway fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. 2019 Jeep Cherokee (2WD 2.4L)
  2. Tie: 2017 Toyota Rav4 (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Toyota Rav4 (2WD 2.5L)
  3. 2017 Ford Escape (2WD 1.5L)
  4. Tie:2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD) & 2016 Honda CR-V (4WD 2.4L)
  5. 2017 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L)
  6. Tie: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD 1.5L) & 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5 L)
  7. Tie: 2017 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)
  8. Tie: 2016 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L) & 2017 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L)

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2019 Jeep Cherokee (2WD 2.4L)

Best MPG SUVs: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee | CarMax

For model year 2019, Jeep's small SUV was gifted with a new look as well as a special space for your cell phone in the center console. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is offered with three different engine choices; the base model's 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 2WD gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.1 The Jeep brand is synonymous with capable, rugged vehicles, but that doesn't mean the Cherokee skimps on comfort; extra padding in the seats will feel positively plush wherever you go. With nearly 50 cu-ft of cargo space, you and your passengers won't be squeezed either.

You'll find the base model of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee includes:

  • Six-speaker audio system and seven-inch touchscreen
  • Heated side mirrors
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatback
  • Bluetooth®, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay® capabilities
  • Rearview camera

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Tie: 2017 Rav4 (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Toyota Rav4 (2WD 2.5L)

Best MPG SUVs: 2018 Toyota Rav4 | CarMax

2017- 2018 Toyota Rav4 (2WD 2.5L)

Refreshed for model year 2016, Toyota's RAV4 has been a steady choice for SUV buyers since its introduction in 1994. Looking for an SUV that fits into your garage with no more trouble than a sedan? The 2017–2018 2WD RAV4 fits that description and incorporates smart family features like eight cupholders and three 12V power outlets, all while boasting an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.1

Every base model of 2017–2018 Toyota RAV4s include:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM radio and CD player
  • Eco- and Sport-drive modes
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Eight cup/ bottle holders
  • Hill-start assist
  • Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield

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2017 Ford Escape (2WD 1.5L) 

Best MPG SUVs: 2017 Ford Escape | CarMax

Ready to get away? The aptly-named Ford Escape (model year 2017) sits at number six on our list of 13 SUVs with the best gas mileage for 2020 shoppers. This perky crossover is available in three trim levels and the 2WD 1.5L turbocharged engine is standard on the middle SE variant. The sporty steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are a nice touch to enhance your driving experience and Ford maximizes every cubic foot of cargo space (68 behind the front row when the back seats are down). Skateboards, bicycles, scooters, groceries, pets, and more are welcome and you'll appreciate it even more at an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.1

For model year 2017, the Ford Escape SE trim includes:

  • Advanced voice control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Rear-privacy glass
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power-lumbar adjustment)

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Tie: 2016 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L) & 2016 Honda CR-V (4WD 2.4L)

SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2016 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD)

Standard with a 170 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and available with a convenient third row, the 2016 4WD Rogue is budget-friendly at the gas pump too (EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 31 highway).1With up to 70 cu-ft of cargo room with the rear seatbacks folded down, this crossover is a good choice for families and do-it-yourselfers. The split-folding second-row seat gives you the option to carry objects up to eight feet long when threaded through the pass-through. If organization makes you happy, you're going to like the way Nissan's unique Divide-N-Hide® cargo system gives you lots of possibilities.

2016 Nissan Rogues come nicely equipped with standard features like:

  • Hill-start assist
  • Power-outside mirrors
  • Bluetooth capability
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with five-inch color display
  • Rearview monitor
  • Tire pressure monitoring system with individual tire pressure display
SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2016 Honda CR-V | CarMax

2016 Honda CR-V (4WD 2.4L)

Generously equipped with cozy comfort inside and a handsome aerodynamic body on the outside, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a convenient chameleon. Elegant enough to take your boss for a ride across town yet practical enough to carry your family and furry friends to grandma's house a few states away, the 4WD CR-V is also smart at the pump. The 2016 CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, keeping you on the road with fewer stops.1

If you choose a 2016 Honda CR-V, your SUV comes standard with:

  • Hill-start assist
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Five-inch LCD screen
  • Bluetooth capability and USB port
  • Cruise control

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2017 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L)

SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2017 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

Just like the 2016 Rogue in the number-five spot on our list of 13 SUVs with the best gas mileage for 2020 shoppers, the 2017 model has a 2.5L engine with 170 horses under the hood. This proficient SUV with 4WD gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway and 25 in the city.1;Nimble, quiet, and ready to roam, a 2017 Nissan Rogue is an excellent vehicle for not just everyday driving but all the trips you can handle. Seventy cu-ft of cargo space behind the front seat means you can carry coolers, chairs, and tents to your favorite campground too.

A 2017 Nissan Rogue is equipped standard with the following:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats that slide and recline
  • Rearview camera
  • Five-inch display
  • Four-speaker audio system with USB port and Bluetooth connectivity

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Tie: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD 1.5L) & 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)

SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

2018 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD 1.5L)

Model year 2018 brought some cosmetic changes to the Chevrolet Equinox, along with a new turbocharged 1.5L engine capable of an EPA-estimated 26 mpg while driving in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.1 A redesigned high-strength steel body contributes to the lightweight efficiency at the pump as well. One of the fun details you may appreciate about a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is that it's available in a dizzying selection of 12 colors, including a head-turning Ivy Metallic and Orange Burst Metallic. A spacious 63.5 cu-ft of cargo space is ready to be filled with sports equipment, a picnic basket, and an array of sideline chairs for your next family weekend.

Every 2018 Chevrolet Equinox includes:

  • Umbrella and water bottle storage in both front door pockets
  • Automatic headlights
  • Stop-start system
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2016 Nissan Rogue S | CarMax

2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L

Once again, the Nissan Rogue places high on our list of 13 SUVs with the best gas mileage for 2020 shoppers. The 2016 is standard with a 170 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and with 2WD. The fuel efficiency is even more impressive than the 4WD version, getting an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.1 Available with two or three rows, the 2016 Rogue is jam-packed with smart storage options and 70 cu-ft of cargo room with the rear seatbacks folded down. Ready, set, hit the road!

Expect these features on your 2016 Nissan Rogue:

  • Cloth seats
  • LED running lights
  • Hill-start assist
  • Bluetooth
  • 5-inch color display
  • Rearview monitor

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Tie: 2017 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)

SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport S | CarMax

2017-2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD) 

Two more Nissan Rogue models—the 2017 and 2018 2WD versions—are dressed to impress with both external style and remarkable mpg numbers at 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg on urban streets.1;Athletic and agile, the Rogue can be counted on to make your drive fun and zippy. The comfortable cabin and solid ride quality contribute to a sedan-like feeling with the benefit of more cargo space than its four-door cousins. Go rogue in a Rogue and hit the road.

Nissan Rogues for model years 2017–2018 include:

  • Seven-inch color touchscreen (five-inch touchscreen on 2017 model)
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • USB port (one in 2017 model and two in 2018 model)
  • Cruise control
  • Rear spoiler
  • Cargo tie-down hooks

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Tie: 2016 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L) & 2017 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L)

SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage: 2016 Buick Encore | CarMax

2016-2017 Buick Encore (2WD)

Applause and a curtain call are in order for model years 2016 and 2017 of theBuick Encore topping our list with a 2WD 1.4L engine that gets a whopping 33 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city.1 One of the many benefits of the Encore is its quiet, refined cabin, giving you a relaxing and elegant drive experience. Control buttons are easy to reach in the center stack and the intuitive layout helps you keep your eyes on the road. Known for its luxurious touches, Buick doesn't disappoint with this compact SUV with a big personality.

You'll find that 2016 and 2017 Buick Encores are smartly equipped with:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (2017 only)
  • Stability-control system
  • In-cabin air filter
  • Six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • Roof rails

Rest easy. Owning an SUV doesn't have to be a pain at the gas pump. A variety of engines, body styles, and configurations await your choice now. Want to learn more? Check out these related articles:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.
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