The words fuel efficient and SUV’s aren’t normally used in the same sentence, but if you want an SUV because of its size and convenience do you have any options? Anyone over 40 will remember driving big gas guzzling vehicles without having to worry about fuel efficiency because gas was so cheap, but for the under 30 set that’s a luxury they’ve never known. Not to worry – it turns out there are some pretty fuel efficient SUV’s available and we’ve come up with the top 3 for you. Why 3? Well we thought it would be great to use a sports analogy here so think of them as Gold, Silver, and Bronze – you get the idea. Read on for the results!
Bronze – Honda HR – V
Third place goes to the Honda HR – V. This is a stylish SUV with plenty of room for the entire family and the dog as well. It also happens to be extremely fuel efficient of course or it wouldn’t have made this article. It’s capable of 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. While there are cars that offer a lot better mileage this is still pretty good and it’s actually a great performer when it comes to highway mileage as you can see. You can find out more about this vehicle’s overall specs here.
Silver – Lexus RX
In sports nobody wants to come second, but when it comes to fuel efficient SUV’s it’s not a bad place to be at all. This time second prize goes to the Lexus RX. As you would expect from Lexus this is a luxury vehicle with all of the creature comforts you can think of – it just happens to be pretty darn fuel efficient as well. In the city you can drive about 24 mpg in this vehicle and on the highway that number jumps to 33. If you want to see a full review of this model you can find it on the Consumer Reports website.
Gold – Rav4 Hybrid XLE
The clear winner when it comes to fuel efficient SUV’s is the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid XLE. I have an aunt that bought one of these when they first came out so I can tell you first hand they really are great for saving money on fuel. You can drive 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in one of these. Those are pretty impressive numbers and Car and Driver take a closer look at this SUV in this article.