Used Two-Row Midsized SUVs With the Best Fuel Economy

These models are reliable and family-friendly but not as bulky as three-row SUVs

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Buying a 5-year-old model can be one of the smartest moves a used-SUV shopper can make. They’re new enough that drivers can get contemporary features, safety systems, and current styling. Yet they’re old enough that previous owners have borne the brunt of most of the depreciation. These vehicles typically sell for about half of what they cost when they were new—or even less.

But with fuel prices soaring to record highs, consumers are stuck trying to find an economical vehicle that’s still versatile enough to transport passengers and cargo. Consumer Reports’ tests show that you don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy to get the space and all-weather traction you want. In addition, all of these models were designed and built recently enough that their performance in our tests—such as those for acceleration, braking, and fuel economy—is on a par with brand-new cars.

To help steer you to the best choice, we’ve assembled a list of the most fuel-efficient 5-year-old midsized SUVs. All performed well enough in our tests to be recommended when new, and all have average or better reliability, according to CR’s Annual Auto Surveys, where we ask Consumer Reports members to tell us about what went wrong on their own cars. They’re ranked in order of their overall fuel economy during their CR tests when new.

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We include which active safety features are standard and optional for each model, including forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW).

Some of these models have our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

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