The Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

The Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

You don't need to sacrifice fuel economy to get a larger vehicle

Last updated: September 2016

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SUVs are very versatile vehicles for transporting passengers and cargo, and now you don't have to sacrifice fuel economy to get the space you want. Many SUVs now have fuel economy on par with large sedans. There are a few hybrids and diesel SUVs, but regular gasoline engines can be gas sippers in SUVs, as well.

Among Consumer Reports' more than 50 vehicle tests are fuel economy measurements. Our fuel economy numbers come from our measurements using a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon (mpg).

Our overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and expressway driving.

The chart that follows features the most fuel-efficient SUVs that Consumer Reports has tested. (See our list of the most fuel-efficient cars). Also see our Ratings comparison by category, which lists each vehicle's overall mileage. 

Rank Make & model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG
1 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
31 26 36
2 Lexus RX 450h 29 24 33
3 Lexus NX300h 29 23 34
4 Honda HR-V LX 29 20 39
5 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
28 21 35
6 Mazda CX-3 Touring
28 20 36
7 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
26 19 35
8 Subaru Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
9 Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
10 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 26 18 35
11 Hyundai Tucson Sport (1.6T) 26 18 35
12 BMW X1 xDrive28i 26 17 37
13 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5L 25 19 32
14 Chevrolet Trax LT
25 18 34
15 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd. 25 18 32
16 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 18 31
17 Lexus NX 200t
24 17 33
18 Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L) 26 18 35
18 Jeep Grand Cherokee LImited (diesel)
24 17 32
19 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 17 32
20 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4-cyl.) 24 17 30
21 Nissan Rogue 24 17 30
22 Jeep Renegade Latitude 24 16 32
23 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
24 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
25 Honda CR-V EX 24 18 31
26 Kia Sportage LX 23 16 32
27 Fiat 500X Easy 23 16 31
28 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 30
29 Ford Escape SE
22 15 31
30 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.) 22 15 31
31 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 22 15 31
32 Ford Escape Titanium
22 15 29
33 Jeep Compass Latitude 22 15 29
34 Acura RDX 22 14 31
35 Lexus RX 350 22 14 31
36 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 21 16 27
37 Nissan Murano SL
21 15 29
38 Jeep Patriot Latitude 21 15 28
39 Acura MDX Tech
21 14 31
40 Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost) 21 14 31
41 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
42 Kia Sorento EX (V6)
21 14 30
43 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 21 14 29
44 Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)
21 14 29
45 BMW X5 xDrive35i 21 14 28
46 Land Rover Discovery Sport
21 14 28

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