Most times drivers dream of experiencing the luxury and comfort offered by Sport Utility vehicles. They wish to own an SUV but then opt for a sedan or saloon car based on the fact the most SUVs have these of having a high fuel consumption rating. This fact alone is a deterrent. Imagine spending a huge amount of money in buying a vehicle and still spend higher on fueling it on the road.
After considering all these, we decided to bring you a list of SUVs with the best fuel efficiency that you can buy if you have the currency. This list comprises everything you need to know about these cars including the mileage per gallon of fuel (mpg) and their prices.
7. Hyundai Tucson
A crossover SUV that offers the appeal of a full-sized SUV and the economy of a regular sedan. The Tucson is a perfect car for an average family. Though a bit smaller than its rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4, the Hyundai still offers enough room for 5 passengers and a good cargo space for your loads and luggage.
The Hyundai Tucson is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged I4 engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 175 horsepower.
Average of 18mpg in the city and 35mpg on the highway
Starting from $23,500
6. Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG
It is actually safe to say that this is the crossover version of the mercedes CLA class. It is elegant, fast and comes packed with a very powerful AMG engine. The mercedes Benz GLA offers you luxury and speed and doesn’t require a lot of fuel while doing that. It is crossover SUV so don’t expect it to be too roomy. But what it lacks in space, it makes up in performance.
The Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG is powered by one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines you can get in a vehicle yet, a 2.0-litre I4 engine mated with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission producing a whopping 375 horsepower… Impressive.
Average of 19mpg in the city and 35mpg on the highway
Starting from $51,450
5. Honda CR-V EX
This is a very reliable and versatile car that offers the owner a smooth and quiet ride. With its soft seats that make you feel so relaxed that you might wanna pack your car and just take a nap inside, this car is not only lovely to drive but also easy on your fuel money. The interior is roomy and fitted with very good security features. It’s a great car to have if you are starting a family because its price tag is a bit cheap compared to what it offers.
The Honda CR-V EX is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged I4 engine and a continuous variable transmission(CVT) which is not a regular automatic transmission because it makes use of belts and pulleys to vary the drive ratio.
Average of 20 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway
Starting from $25,105
4. Honda HR-V
The HR-V is smaller and less expensive than its CR-V counterpart but offers a very attractive and sporty look with its well-defined cuts and curves. The car is also fitted with loads of safety features and a back seat that can be folded to create more cargo space at the back. Its also fitted with a very lovely infotainment system to top it off.
The Honda HR-V is driven by a 1.8 litre four cylinder engine which is either paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuous variable transmission. The horsepower produced by this engine stays at 141.
Average of 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway
Starting from $20,350
3. Lexus NX 300h
At first glance, this car looks like a sports car but looks can be deceiving after all. This is a crossover hybrid vehicle that looks like a sports car but offers the comfort of a full sized SUV. Its base model is the NX 300. It is a hybrid vehicle that offers its users comfort, style and a nice fuel economy.
It is fitted with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine and a continuous variable transmission. The engine produces 194 horsepower at 5700rpm.
Average of 30 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway
Starting from $38,335
2. Lexus RX 450h
This is another hybrid on this list. This vehicle is elegantly styled on its exterior and its packed with loads of security features as well. It is a luxury vehicle with a powerful V6 engine and yet good fuel efficiency rating. It is very roomy and comes with a user-friendly infotainment system. The interior is extremely quiet and beautifully designed to the fullest.
The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission producing 308 horsepower.
Average of 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway
Starting from $55,674
1. Toyota Rav 4 hybrid XLE
Topping this list at number one is the Toyota Rav 4. This vehicle has a special appeal on the outside. The exterior design looks a bit rough but not on the inside. On the inside, the Rav 4 is designed to offer comfort to both the driver and the passenger. It has ample space for relaxation such that it will leave you wondering how such space is available inside a compact looking exterior of the Rav 4. The car is also fitted with a lot of driver assistance features and user-friendly infotainment system.
The Toyota Rav 4 hybrid packs a 2.4-litre four-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine mated with a continuous variable transmission that yields 194 horsepower. The power from the engine is supplied to all the four tires in an all-wheel-drive configuration.
Average of 34 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway
Starting from $32,335