The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Gas Mileage and SUVs

Best and Worst Fuel Economy in SUV

Some of the most fuel efficient cars on the road are SUVs, although most people look at an SUV and think “gas hog”. The truth is that some SUVs offer really great fuel economy and savings at the pump. The Ford Escape Hybrid is the most fuel efficient SUV on the road, coming in at 32 mpg combined fuel efficiency (average of both city and highway miles). This SUV features a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine. By contrast, the least fuel efficient SUV on the market is a tie between the Chevrolet Suburban 2500 (both the 2WD and 4WD models), which get only 12 miles to the gallon – and the GMC Yukon XL. Both of these SUVs have a 6.0 liter 8 cylinder engine.

Other Fuel Efficient SUVs Worth Mentioning

If the Ford Escape doesn’t catch your eye, there are other fuel efficient models to choose from. Most run just a few MPGs behind the Escape. At 30 mpg overall, the Lexus RX 450H has a lot to offer, and is big on luxury with lots of bells and whistles and a ride that owners describe as quiet and smooth. Next up, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets 28 mpg overall, with both 28 on the city and highway, and offering trouble free performance and a loyal customer base. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets around 27 mpg overall and is an economical SUV with 2WD. Give up another mpg and you can drive the Hyundai Tucson 2WD, a small SUV that is substantially designed and well-made. For the Chevy fan, the Chevy Equinox FWD offers 26 mpg overall and offers an impressive driving experience, according to reviewers. Others in the top ten among fuel efficient SUVs include the Jeep Patriot, Kia Sportage, Subarbu Outback Wagon and the Toyota Rav 4. The latter just barely made the list.

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