Manufacturers are trying to meet these demands with smaller, more efficient crossover SUVs. Surprisingly comfort and performance are not suffering to badly and consumers are energetic about the new models.
This guide will highlight the top SUVs of 2013; based on fuel efficiency and performance, as reviewed in Car and Driver and Consumer Reports.
2013 SUVs – 30 mpg or More
2013 Mazda CX-5
If you’re looking for luxury and fuel efficiency, then take a closer look at the Mazda CX-5. This is a 4-door, 5-passanger SUV that you’ll just love. There are three models: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Mazda enters the fuel efficient, crossover category with a slightly underpowered vehicle, but otherwise it was a well liked SUV among reviewers. What’s intriguing are the options. For around $25,000 you can add: fog lights, a navigation system, keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone, rear view camera, and leather trim. All in all, Mazda comes in strong with their 2013 CX-5.
Engine: 2.0 liter, 155 hp
Transmission: Automatic or manual 6 speed
Price: $21,000 – $27,500
Mileage: 26 City / 34 Hwy
2013 Ford Escape
The newly designed Ford Escape is stylish and has a bit more room that past models. You can choose from four models: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium; this is a 4-door, 5-passanger SUV. The basic warranty is 36,000/36 months. Ford offers three 4-cylinder engines, discontinuing the V6 engine. There are also handling features like: torque vectoring control, curve control, and electronic brake assist – just to name a few – that will make any owner feel safe in most driving conditions. Add to this a hands-free liftgate, and you have a pretty cool SUV.
Engine: 2.5-liter, V4, 168 hp
Transmission: Automatic, 6-speed
Price: $23,000 – $31,200
Mileage: 24 City / 34 Hwy
2013 Buick Encore
This is Buick’s “mini crossover” SUV. With 4-doors, and a full load of 5-passangers, you’ll still be able to ride in comfort. Buick is attempting to change their “big car image” with the Encore. You’ll also be pleased when you see the extras Buick includes at the standard price.
Engine: 1.4-liter, V4, 138 hp
Transmission: Automatic, 6-speed automatic w/ manual shift
Price: $24,100 – $28,200
Mileage: 26 City / 33 Hwy
2013 BMW X1
BMW is also breaking into the smaller crossover SUVs, and the 4-door, 5-passanger, X1 is BMW’s first rear wheel drive SUV. Power, handling, and comfort is everything you would expect in a BMW, but without the hefty price. It’s performance, power, and style that’s attracting a younger crowd to this SUV. There are two interior packages to choose from and plenty of options to make this your perfect driving machine – check it out for yourself.
Engine: 2-liter, V4, 240 hp (optional 3.0, 300 hp. I-6)
Transmission: Automatic, 6-speed (8-speed)
Price: $30,200 – $38,400
Mileage: 25 City / 34 Hwy
2013 Toyota Rav4
New style, one engine, 4-doors, and 5-passangers. The 4th generation Rav4 is all you would expect from Toyota. As one reviewer said “this is a solid SUV, responsive handling, performance, comfortable, spacious cargo area (without passengers),” if there’s any knock, it’s on fuel mileage. They discontinued their V6 engine in favor of the 2.5-liter, V4 engine, but gas mileage is still not the best in its category.
Engine: 2.5-liter, V4, 176 hp
Transmission: Automatic, 6-speed
Price: $23,500 – $27,900
Mileage: 24 City / 32 Hwy
Do You Want Higher Mileage?
You have a lot to digest with what we’ve covered already, but if you want an SUV that gets more mileage, then you’ll have to wait.
Right now the RAV4-EV (electric vehicle) is on the market at a price tag of around $52,000. It’s claiming the equivalent mileage in gas is 74 hwy / 78 city – this is on a normal charge. These types of alternative fuel/energy SUVs are not practical for the average person, so we won’t go into detail on them.
The trend in SUVs is changing – a little smaller, a little lighter – but better gas mileage and more options make these new vehicles quite attractive.
If you’re in the market for a SUV, take a test ride in some of the SUVs we’ve picked out for you. Let us know what you think – we think this trend will last a long time.