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Expect utility and comfort from these fuel-sipping SUVs.

SUVs with Great Gas Mileage | CarMax

If you think less stops at the pump automatically means buying a small sedan or a compact car, guess again. There are many SUVs designed to offer you more passenger space and cargo utility with fewer gas stops. You can get the best of both worlds when you opt for an SUV with fuel economy in mind.

To help you in your search, we've compiled an expanded list of the 10 SUVs with the best gas mileage of 2019, using city and highway fuel-economy data from fueleconomy.gov and CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Please note EPA fuel-economy estimates vary depending on things like drivetrain, engine size and transmission.

  1. Tie: 2015-2016 Chevrolet Equinox & 2016 GMC Terrain & 2018 Jeep Compass
  2. 2016 Toyota RAV4
  3. Tie: 2017 Ford Escape & 2015 Toyota RAV4
  4. 2016 Ford Escape
  5. 2015 Infiniti QX60
  6. Tie: 2016 Honda CR-V & 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue
  7. 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue (AWD)
  8. 2015-2016 Buick Encore
  9. Tie: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox & 2015 Honda CR-V & 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue
  10. 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue (FWD)

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Tie: 2015-2016 Chevrolet Equinox & 2016 GMC Terrain & 2018 Jeep Compass

If you're looking for a compact SUV with front-wheel drive, base 2.4L-engine versions of the 2018 Jeep Compass, 2016 GMC Terrain, and 2015–2016 Chevrolet Equinox all tie for the tenth spot with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.1

All models offer two rows of seating for up to five passengers and lots of room. If you need every inch of trunk space you can find, you'll likely gravitate to the 2016 Terrain with its 63.9 cubic feet of max cargo volume or the 2015–2016 Equinox with 63.7 cubic feet. The 2018 Compass trails slightly behind with a maximum cargo volume of 59.8 cubic feet.

SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Equinox models are available in four trims (L, LS, LT, and LTZ) and include similar standard equipment at the base level, including:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 4G WiFi hotspot2 and Bluetooth capabilities
  • Six-speaker sound system and USB port
SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 GMC Terrain | CarMax

The 2016 GMC Terrain offers a choice of SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, and Denali trims. The SL includes:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Power height-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth capabilities and onboard WiFi hotspot2
SUVs with Best MPG: 2018 Jeep Compass | CarMax

The 2018 Jeep Compass is available in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Standard features on the Sport include:

  • 16-inch black-styled steel wheels
  • Single-zone air conditioning.
  • Five-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Six-speaker sound system

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2016 Toyota RAV4

SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

Another compact option is the 2016 Toyota RAV4, which earns an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway when equipped with the 176-hp 2.5L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive.1 This five-passenger SUV is available in LE, XLE, SE, and Limited trims and includes some cool features at the base level, like:

  • Entune Audio
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

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Tie: 2015 Toyota RAV4 & 2017 Ford Escape

SUVs with Best MPG: 2015 Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

Tying the eighth spot on our list of SUVs with the best gas mileage are the 2015 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Ford Escape. Both front-wheel-drive models with six-speed automatic transmissions earn an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway when equipped with the 2015 RAV4's 2.5L four-cylinder engine or the 2017 Escape's 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder (standard on SE trims).1 If you are a commuter that travels into the city, you'll also like how compact and agile these SUVs are.

Available in three trim levels (LE, XLE, and Limited), the 2015 RAV4 boasts great convenience features, including the following on the LE trim:

  • Automatic projector-beam headlights
  • Power sideview mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • 6.1-inch display with a rearview camera and Bluetooth capabilities
SUVs with the Best MPG: 2017 Ford Escape | CarMax

The 2017 Escape is also available in three trims (S, SE, and Titanium), but the mid-range SE is where you will find the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder. This trim offers some nice standard features, like:

  • 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar

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2016 Ford Escape

SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Ford Escape | CarMax

Offering an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with its turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with front-wheel drive (standard on SE and Titanium), the 2016 Ford Escape is a great small SUV to help you get more mileage between fill-ups.1 With room for five and up to 67.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the 60/40-split rear seat folded, you'll appreciate the comfort and utility that this platform provides. The mid-range SE is also well-equipped with the following standard features:

  • 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar
  • SecuriCode invisible keypad
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels

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2015 Infiniti QX60

SUVs with Best MPG: 2015 Infiniti QX60 | CarMax

Luxury doesn't have to come at the expense of gas mileage. With the 2015 Infiniti QX60, you get the high-end appointments that you desire, along with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with the 265-hp 3.5L V6 and all-wheel drive.1 This is the first and only V6 to grace our list of the SUVs with the best gas mileage. Standard features include:

  • Seating for seven
  • Leather upholstery
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats

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Tie: 2015-2016 Nissan Rogue & 2016 Honda CR-V

Battling it out for the fifth spot are two all-wheel-drive options—the 20152016 Nissan Rogue and the 2016 Honda CR-V. The Rogue gets its power from a 2.5L four-cylinder, while the 2016 CR-V features a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. Both models deliver an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway when paired to a continuously variable transmission.1

If power is what you are after, the 2016 CR-V is a natural choice since it puts out 185 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque (compared to the 20152016 Nissan Rogue's 170 hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque). But when it comes to cargo, both models offer similar capacities with an estimated 70 cubic feet of maximum volume.

SUVs with Best MPG: 2015 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

The 20152016 Nissan Rogue is available in three trims (S, SV, and SL) with an optional third-row (S and SV only). Base S trims include:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • LED running lights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Air conditioning with rear vents
SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Honda CR-V | CarMax

The 2016 Honda CR-V is only available with seating for five, but its trim-level options are more robust with LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. The LX includes standard features, such as:

  • Keyless entry
  • 60/40-split folding-and-reclining rear seat
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Rearview camera

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2017-2018 Nissan Rogue (AWD)

SUVs with Best MPG: 2017 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

Boasting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, the 20172018 2.5L Nissan Rogue with all-wheel drive takes the fourth spot.1 Both model years pound the pavement to create 170 hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque from the standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine and CVT, which is available across all three trims: S, SV, and SL. You also get some nice features at the base level, including:

  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth phone and streaming-audio capabilities
  • Five-inch display (2017 S trims)
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ (all 2018 models)

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Tie: 2015-2016 Buick Encore

SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Buick Encore | CarMax

Well-liked for its quiet cabin and nimble compact size, the 20152016 Buick Encore's 1.4L turbo with front-wheel drive makes our top three with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.1 Both model years also feature a six-speed automatic electronically-controlled transmission with Driver Shift Control, allowing you to manually shift gears for a more engaging experience. Available in Base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium, as well as a fifth trim—Sport Touring—on 2016 models, the Encore offers appealing base standard features, including:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth and simulated leather upholstery
  • Six-way power driver seat with power lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

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2015-2016 Nissan Rogue & 2015 Honda CR-V & 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

If the standard two rows of seating provide enough cabin room for your family, the 20152016 Nissan Rogue 2WD, 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD, and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2WD all provide an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.1 To achieve this mpg, the Rogue runs on a 170-hp 2.5L four-cylinder with a CVT; the CR-V is similarly equipped with a 185-hp 2.4L four-cylinder and CVT.

If you prefer turbocharged performance, the 2018 Equinox is a good compromise and achieves that mpg figure with its 170-hp 1.5L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission.

SUVs with Best MPG: 2016 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

The 2015–2016 Rogue is available in S, SV, and SL trims and offers an optional third-row (S and SV only) to increase passenger capacity from five to seven. Standard features on the S include:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • Five-inch display
SUVs with Best MPG: 2015 Honda CR-V | CarMax

The 2015 CR-V is available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The LX trim is standard with:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Reclining 60/40-split-folding rear seat
SUVs with Best MPG: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

Available in three trims (L, LT, and Premier), the 2018 Equinox comes with plenty of standard technology, including the following on the L:

  • Engine stop-start system
  • Rearview camera
  • Parental controls for teen drivers
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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2017-2018 Nissan Rogue (FWD)

SUVs with Best MPG: 2018 Nissan Rogue | CarMax

Topping our list of the SUVs with the best gas mileage is the 20172018 Nissan Rogue with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway when equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder and front-wheel drive.1 Both model years are available in three trims (S, SV, and SL) and feature maximum cargo capacities of up to 70 cubic feet. 2017 models also include an optional third-row that increases passenger capacity from five to seven, while the 2018 Rogue offers more standard features on the base S trim, like:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning

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When it comes to SUVs with great gas mileage, there are many great options to choose from—even some SUVs with all-wheel drive and V6 engines—to get the space and functionality you need for your next adventure.

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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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