10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs
Welcome to the intersection of SUV versatility and car-like efficiency. Nine of the following 10 SUVs are rated to deliver better than 30 mpg city/highway combined fuel economy, and two of them offer three rows of seats. Check out the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2017 model year, ranked by the EPA's combined fuel economy ratings.
Toyota's Highlander is a family favorite, with three rows of seating in a versatile, easy-to-use interior. Combine that with plenty of thoughtful touches and fuel economy as good as 30 mpg around town, and the Highlander Hybrid makes a strong argument as a minivan alternative.
City/highway/combined mpg: 30/28/29
The Encore looks small on the outside, but it plays like a larger vehicle inside with surprising roominess, luxury touches and plenty of modern tech features. It also has fuel economy as good as 33 mpg on the highway.
City/highway/combined mpg: 27/33/30
A past Kelley Blue Book Best Buy winner and Best Family Cars favorite, the Honda CR-V was completely redesigned for 2017, making it roomier and more powerful. The new CR-V is also more fuel-efficient, putting the Honda on this list for the first time.
City/highway/combined mpg: 28/34/30
So far this year, Lexus has sold about as many RX SUVs as sedans, coupes and hatchbacks combined. The best-selling luxury SUV offers a hybrid version that's arguably more fun to drive than the gas-only model.
City/highway/combined mpg: 31/28/30
A Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars pick for small families, the Honda HR-V combines the easy-to-configure versatility of a larger SUV with the efficiency of a compact car.
City/highway/combined mpg: 28/34/31
Mazda's CX-3 is the automaker's entry into the red-hot subcompact SUV market. While smaller than most of the other vehicles in its segment, the CX-3 provides the driving appeal for which Mazda is known, plus enviable fuel economy.
City/highway/combined mpg: 29/34/31
The NX is Lexus' smallest, most affordable and most efficient SUV. With an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 31 mpg, it's also Lexus' third-most efficient vehicle overall, after the hybrid-only CT 200h and the hybrid version of the ES sedan.
City/highway/combined mpg: 33/30/31
Last year, the entire RAV4 line received a significant update, including the addition of a hybrid powertrain option. The gas-electric RAV4 is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive and has an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 32 mpg. That's nearly 30 percent better than the gas-only version.
City/highway/combined mpg: 34/30/32
The hybrid version of Nissan's Rogue is the newest entry on the list and comes charging in with the second-best fuel economy you can get in an SUV. While not available with the Rogue's optional third row, the gas-electric version does offer much of what you can find in the gas-only Rogue -- including Nissan's excellent Around View Monitor -- with significantly better fuel economy.
City/highway/combined mpg: 33/35/34
The only all-electric entry on this list, Tesla's first SUV offers several efficient models, all of which have combined efficiency of at least 86 mpge, and many of which boast a range of more than 250 miles. The $83,000-plus 75D is the least expensive Model X in the line, but for that price you get three-row versatility, combined efficiency of 93 mpge and just enough range to get you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on a single charge.
City/highway/combined mpge: 91/95/93