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The most fuel-efficient SUVs

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

Last updated: April 2014

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

Among Consumer Reports' vehicle test criteria are measurements of fuel economy. 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 35 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 (available to subscribers), which lists each vehicle's overall mileage. (Find out how you can compare these cars and get unlimited price reports with the Cars Best Deals Plus.)

Rank Make & model CR Overall MPG City MPG Highway MPG
1 Lexus RX 450h 26 22 31
2 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
3 Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
4 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 26 18 35
5 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0L
25 19 32
6 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5L 25 19 32
7 Nissan Juke SV 24 18 31
8 Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 18 31
9 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 24 17 31
10 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 23 18 28
11 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 23 17 30
12 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 23 17 30
13 BMW X1 xiDrive28i 23 16 32
14 Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
15 Honda CR-V EX 23 16 32
16 BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 30
17 Nissan Rogue Select 22 17 27
18 Kia Sportage LX (4-cyl.) 22 16 30
19 Hyundai Tucson GLS 22 16 28
20 Ford Escape SE
22 15 31
21 Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.) 22 15 31
22 Ford Escape Titanium
22 15 29
23 Jeep Compass Latitude 22 15 29
24 Acura RDX 22 14 31
25 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 21 16 27
26 Kia Sportage SX (turbo) 21 15 29
27 Jeep Patriot Latitude 21 15 28
28 Lexus RX350 21 15 27
29 Honda Crosstour EX-L 21 14 32
30 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
31 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 21 14 29
32 Ford Edge SEL (4-cyl.) 21 14 29
33 Jeep Cherokee Limited (V6)
21 14 29
34 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure 21 14 29
35 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 21 14 29

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Best and worst new cars

See our best and worst section to help filter down your purchase considerations including best new cars under $25K, best and worst new car values, and most fun to drive. Plus, check out our guide to fuel economy for gas saving tips.




   

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