Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

SUVs are versatile vehicles for transporting passengers and cargo, and 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 hybrids and diesel SUVs leading several key categories, but as you’ll see below, the most fuel-efficient SUVs overall are hybrids and small models with regular gasoline engines.

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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.)

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.

See our list of the most fuel-efficient cars.


Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs include Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the roomiest compact SUVs available and offers the latest infotainment and safety technology. Most versions use a lackluster 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The uplevel engine is a muscular 252-hp, turbo four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. A diesel version returned 31 mpg overall in our tests but adds engine clatter and vibration. Diesel fuel prices fluctuate relative to gasoline and right now costs about 40 cents more a gallon. 

Read the complete Chevrolet Equinox road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Chevrolet Equinox LT (Diesel)

31

22

41


Lexus RX

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX has avant-garde exterior styling and lots of advanced safety features. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering ample power and a commendable 22 mpg overall. The fuel-thrifty 450h hybrid gets an excellent 29 mpg overall.

Read the complete Lexus RX road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Lexus RX450h

29

24

33


Lexus NX

Lexus NX

The compact NX delivers a less opulent driving experience than the typical Lexus. Its handling is responsive, but the ride is rather firm and cabin noise isn't particularly hushed. The NX 300's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder works well and delivers 24 mpg overall. The NX 300h hybrid returns 29 mpg overall, making it one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs we've ever tested, but it feels a bit underpowered.

Read the complete Lexus NX road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Lexus NX 300h

29

23

34


Honda HR-V

Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs include Honda HR-V

Based on the Fit subcompact, the Honda HR-V gets a versatile, cargo-friendly rear seat that flips up or folds down flat and low.  Power comes from a 141-hp four-cylinder engine driving either the front or all four wheels. But the HR-V feels underpowered, an impression amplified by the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Strengths include its excellent 29 mpg overall, very flexible interior, and generous rear seat and cargo room.

Read the complete Honda HR-V road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Honda HR-V LX

29

20

39



Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is an appealing option for buyers who don’t need as much room as a compact SUV. It has better fuel economy, improved ride comfort, and reduced cabin noise compared with the previous generation. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a CVT. This combination gets the job done, but it probably won’t set a driver’s heart on fire.

Its 29 mpg overall fuel-economy rating is quite frugal for an AWD vehicle, however. 

Read the complete Subaru Crosstrek road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Subaru Crosstrek Premium

29

20

39


Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Over its various iterations, Subaru has had a winning formula with the Forester. This popular small SUV delivers a combination of roomy interior, excellent visibility, commendable fuel economy, simple controls, comfortable ride and responsive handling. The 2.5-liter four cylinder, combined with the continuously variable automatic transmission yielded 28 mpg overall, which is among the best in class.

Read the complete Subaru Forester road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Subaru Forester Premium

28

20

38


Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is one of the better models among small SUVs thanks to its roomy cabin, good fuel economy, and competent handling. The base engine is a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the CR-V EX and higher trim levels sport a 190-hp, 1.5-liter turbo. Both are mated to a CVT that works well. Fuel economy is impressive at 28 mpg overall for the EX.

Read the complete Honda CR-V road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Honda CR-V EX (1.5T) / LX (2.4L)

28/27

20/19

37/36


Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Mazda's entry in the mini-utility segment delivers agile, fun-to-drive handling; a solid and substantial feel; and good fuel economy. The ride is firm but does a good job absorbing impacts, although noise levels can be high. The CX-3 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the sole powertrain is a 146-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. It's a smooth, willing engine but isn't overly powerful. We recorded 28 mpg overall in our tests.

Read the complete Mazda CX-3 road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Mazda CX-3 Touring

28

20

36


Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The popular RAV4 was redesigned for 2019, with new proportions and a more-rugged appearance. The standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers relatively quick acceleration. The hybrid version feels energetic, with the electric drive producing immediate and quiet motivation from a standstill.

Read the complete Toyota RAV4 road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Toyota RAV4

27

19

38


Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Essentially a raised hatchback version of the Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan, the GLA performed better in our tests than its sibling did. It got 26 mpg overall from the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. But the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is unrefined and power delivery is uneven. This makes the GLA feel lethargic at first, then power comes on abruptly. Handling is nimble, but the ride is stiff and the cabin is loud.

Read the complete Mercedes-Benz GLA road test.

Make & Model

Overall MPG

City MPG

Highway MPG

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

26

19

35

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