10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs (2016)

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10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs (2016)

For the first time ever, no entry on our annual list of the most efficient SUVs is rated to return less than 30 mpg in city/highway combined fuel economy. The top of the list has changed too, with an all-new entry that’s almost three times more energy efficient than last year’s number one. Check out the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2016 model year, ranked by the EPA’s combined fuel economy ratings.

In some ways, the hybrid version of Lexus’ bestseller is even more enjoyable to drive than the gas-only models.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 31/30/30

The only diesel-powered entry on the list delivers 30 combined mpg in conjunction with the accelerating force of 280 lb-ft of torque.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 27/34/30

The tiny Juke doesn’t offer all the utility of a larger SUV, but it’s more efficient and more fun to drive than most.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 28/34/30

A brand long synonymous with big sedans, would you believe the bestselling Buick is a subcompact SUV? The Encore balances utility and efficiency, plus luxury and affordability, in a wholly unique, broadly appealing SUV.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 28/34/30

The well-regarded Honda CR-V is the best-selling SUV in the country, and its new little brother has already made quite a splash. The HR-V was named one of our 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000, and it was the only subcompact SUV on our list of 16 Best Family Cars for 2016. 

City/hwy/combined mpg: 28/35/31

Subaru’s first hybrid brings gas-electric efficiency to the brand’s hallmark go-anywhere, all-wheel-drive persona.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 30/34/31

The Mazda CX-3, another new entry in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment, is even smaller than the rest but more fun to drive.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 29/35/31

The RAV4 was enhanced for 2016, and the lineup now includes the segment’s first gas-electric entry. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid is EPA-rated to deliver 33 mpg combined, besting its gas-only counterpart’s 25-mpg rating by more than 30 percent.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 34/31/33

When outfitted with the available hybrid powertrain, Lexus’ newest, smallest, most affordable SUV is also the second most fuel-efficient SUV you can buy.

City/hwy/combined mpg: 35/31/33

Tesla’s third vehicle and its first SUV, the Model X is the only all-electric entry on this list. The Model X 75D starts at more than $80,000, but combines three-row utility with efficiency equivalent to 93 mpg and 238 miles of per-charge range.

City/hwy/combined mpge: 91/95/93

 

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