Most Fuel-Efficient Used Compact SUVs
These reliable 5-year-old models are a good option as fuel prices spike and new SUVs remain scarce
Buying a well-maintained used vehicle can be a smart move if you know what to look for. By the time a car is 5 years old, it has gone through the most significant part of the depreciation cycle. This means you’ll get many of the features found in brand-new models at a lower price.
Buying used is an even more compelling choice because of both the spike in fuel costs as well as the global shortage of the chips that has caused shipments of new cars to be delayed or coming in at lower-than-expected volumes.
To help steer you to the best choice, we’ve assembled a list of the most fuel-efficient 5-year-old compact SUVs. All performed well enough in our tests to be recommended when new, and all have average or better reliability according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Surveys, where we ask CR members to tell us about what went wrong with their cars.
These SUVs are also recent enough that their performance in our tests—such as acceleration, braking, and fuel economy—is on a par with brand-new models. And each one returned 25 mpg or better in our tests.
Plus, many were available with active safety features such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW).