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The Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

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

Last updated: January 2017

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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. 

* = MPGe, mile-per-gallon equivalent.  

Rank Make & model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG
1 Tesla Model X 90D   92* 90* 94*
2 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
31 26 36
3 Lexus RX 450h 29 24 33
4 Lexus NX300h 29 23 34
5 Honda HR-V LX 29 20 39
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 Infiniti QX30 Premium 25 17 32
17 Honda CR-V 24 18 31
18 Lexus NX 200t
24 17 33
19 Hyundai Tucson SE (2.0L) 26 18 35
20
Jeep Grand Cherokee LImited (diesel)
24 17 32
21 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 17 32
22 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL (4-cyl.) 24 17 30
23 Nissan Rogue 24 17 30
24 Jeep Renegade Latitude 24 16 32
25 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
26 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
27 Kia Sportage LX 23 16 32
28 Fiat 500X Easy 23 16 31
29 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 30
30 Mazda CX-9 Touring
22 15 32
31 Ford Escape SE (1.5T) 23 15 31
32 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.) 22 15 31
33 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 22 15 31
34 Jeep Compass Latitude 22 15 29
35 Acura RDX 22 14 31
36 Lexus RX 350 22 14 31
37 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 21 16 27
38 Nissan Murano SL
21 15 29
39 Jeep Patriot Latitude 21 15 28
40 Acura MDX Tech
21 14 31
41 Buick Envision Premium 21 14 31
42 Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost) 21 14 31
43 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
44 Kia Sorento EX (V6)
21 14 30
45 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 21 14 29
46 Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)
21 14 29
47 BMW X5 xDrive35i 21 14 28
48 Land Rover Discovery Sport
21 14 28

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See our best and worst section to help filter down your purchase considerations. Plus, check out our guide to fuel economy for gas saving tips.





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