Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

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

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SUVs are versatile vehicles for transporting passengers and cargo, and our tests show that you don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy to get the space and all-weather traction you want. In fact, many SUVs now have fuel economy on a par with large cars.

There are hybrid SUVs leading several key ratings categories, and as you’ll see below, the most fuel-efficient SUVs overall are hybrids.


Among Consumer Reports’ more than 50 vehicle tests are fuel-economy measurements. Our fuel-economy numbers are derived from a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon.

Overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and highway driving. SUVs are bought and tested with all-wheel drive. (Learn more about how Consumer Reports tests cars here.)

Below, we spotlight the most fuel-efficient SUVs, based on the overall fuel-economy test results, omitting electric vehicles. Complete test results can be found by clicking through to the model pages.

Most of these models include our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions. You can read more about Green Choice here.

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With longer-range batteries and more places to charge, electric cars are becoming a popular choice for drivers who want to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Mike Monticello explains to host Jack Rico what you need to know about this technology.

Jeff S. Bartlett

A New England native, I have piloted a wide variety of vehicles, from a Segway to an aircraft carrier. All told, I have driven thousands of vehicles—many on race tracks across the globe. Today, that experience and passion are harnessed at the CR Auto Test Center to empower consumers. And if some tires must be sacrificed in the pursuit of truth, so be it. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffSBartlett).