10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

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10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

It is possible to have the versatility of an SUV and the fuel efficiency of a car in the same vehicle. All of the SUVs on this list are rated to deliver better than 32 mpg city/highway fuel economy, and three of them offer three rows of seats. Much has changed in the world of fuel-efficient SUVs: seven of the vehicles you see here are new to the list for 2018. Here are the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2018 model year, ranked by the EPA’s combined fuel economy ratings.

Using a version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive found in the Prius and Camry, the hybrid version of Toyota’s RAV4 comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. Its 32 mpg combined fuel economy is nearly 30 percent better than the gas-only all-wheel-drive RAV4, and allows for a terrific total range of 474 miles. The hybrid also has 194 horsepower, more power than in the gas-only RAV4, and only takes 8.1 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour from a stop.

City/highway/combined mpg: 34/30/32

The next two entries on this list are close siblings from the General Motors family. The GMC Terrain is available with a choice of three engines, including a 1.6-liter, 137-horsepower engine. While that isn’t a lot of horsepower, its 240 lb-ft of torque adds the oomph that makes people diesel fans. While both the Terrain diesel and the next SUV on this 10 Best list have identical fuel economy and range – up to 499 miles, the best in the segment – the lowest-priced diesel Terrain you can get starts at $32,585, which is more than its Chevrolet kin.

City/highway/combined mpg: 28/39/32 (FWD)
City/highway/combined mpg: 28/38/32 (AWD)

As is the case with the GMC Terrain, the Chevrolet Equinox is offered with a choice of three turbocharged engines, including a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. The Equinox also has a range of up to 499 miles with the all-wheel-drive model. So how did the Equinox end up higher on the list than the Terrain? Price. If you are looking for the value play, you can get into a diesel Equinox for about $1,000 less than a Terrain.

City/highway/combined mpg: 28/39/32 (FWD)
City/highway/combined mpg: 28/38/32 (AWD)

While the Nissan Rogue hybrid isn’t available in all 50 states, there are several regions where buyers can enjoy the efficiency that has been added to the 2-row Rogue. You can get this hybrid SUV with either front- or all-wheel drive, and available features include Apple CarPlay, rear cross-traffic alert and leather seats. Buyers have a choice of two trim levels, and a starting price of around $28,000.

City/highway/combined mpg: 33/35/34 (FWD)
City/highway/combined mpg: 31/34/35 (AWD)

The XC60 was completely redesigned for 2018, and with the new model came the addition of an available plug-in hybrid. Boasting 370 miles of range, including 17 miles in all-electric mode, and a 400-horsepower powertrain, the XC60 brings together the seemingly contradictory ideas of high horsepower and high efficiency.

Combined MPGe: 59
Combined mpg: 26

The only brand to have more than one vehicle represented on this list, Volvo’s plug-in XC90 combines 3-row luxury-SUV versatility with a 380-mile range, 19 of which is in all-electric mode. The XC90’s overall range, MPGe and gas-only fuel economy are all higher than those of its smaller sibling the XC60 PHEV, as is the XC90 plug-in’s $65,945 starting price.

Combined MPGe: 62
Combined mpg: 27

Mini’s petite SUV is a near-luxury model that appeals to buyers who want a dash of cheeky fun with their utility. The plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman offers 270 miles of range, 12 of it all electric. In addition to having a gas engine to prevent any range anxiety, the S E Countryman PHEV also has a mode where you can put the SUV into gas-engine-only mode on long drives, saving the battery for use around town.

Combined MPGe: 65
Combined mpg: 27

With a starting price of $35,865 (including destination), the plug-in hybrid version of Mitsubishi’s Outlander is the most affordable 3-row PHEV on the market. You can drive up to 22 miles using only electric power. The Outlander PHEV comes standard with DC fast charging capability, in addition to 120- or 240-volt charging, and offers 310 miles of total range.

Combined MPGe: 74
Combined mpg: 25

The plug-in hybrid version of Mercedes-Benz’s compact luxury SUV has the comfort, convenience and luxury of the GLC, with the added benefit of 350 miles of total range, and 74 MPGe when the GLC is serving brief around-town duty with its 10 miles of all-electric range. The GLC uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 7-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive comes standard.

Combined MPGe: 74
Combined mpg: 25

There are several efficient models of Tesla’s first SUV, all of which offer at least 85 MPGe efficiency, and many have a range of more than 280 miles. If you opt for the 75D, which costs a hair over $80,000, you get the least expensive Model X with three rows of seats, 93 MPGe combined efficiency, and, if everything is absolutely perfect, just enough range to get you from Chicago to Detroit on a single charge.

City/highway/combined MPGe: 91/95/93

 

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