Fuel Economy – The Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient Non Hybrid SUVs
What Are The Most Efficient SUVs Available Right Now?
During today’s economy we are all looking at ways to cut back on our costs without giving up what we really want.
A fuel efficient SUV or vehicle is one necessity for most families in order to get to work, school, grocery shop, and just basically to get around. Many people are deciding to downsize their vehicles or change to a hybrid, electric or diesel.
Usually the smaller the vehicle the better gas mileage but you do not always have to go smaller to get more fuel efficiency, sometimes you just have to look at the other options available within the same size category. SUV’s have gotten a bad rap as being major gas guzzlers but often times they get better gas mileage than many cars. SUV’s are perfect for people who haul a lot of items, have several children, and want to do some off-road driving or just like the additional height for getting in and out of the vehicle easier.
Many people are wondering about the SUVs with the best fuel economy. There are actually three categories that SUV’s fall into, the small crossovers and SUV’s, the mid-size crossovers and SUV’s and the large crossovers and SUV’s. Kelly Blue Book has listed some of their top fuel economy SUVs starting with the best fuel efficiency and going down for each category. This article will only cover the 2012 most fuel efficient SUVs.
Most Fuel Efficient SUVs – Small SUV Category
1 – Chevrolet Equinox four-cylinder tops the fuel efficient SUV list by getting 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway with an average starting price of $23,080. It has a refined interior, quiet ride and totally surpasses other vehicles in this class.
2 – The Honda CR-V is rated at 28 miles per gallon on the highway, is as good driving off-road as it is in the city and starts at $21,231.
3 – The Hyundai Tucson with the lowest initial price in this category at $19,394 has an optional all-wheel drive, well-defined styling and averages 31 mpg on the highway.
4 – The Subaru Forester with a starting price of $19,940 is designed for those who want an impressive off-road experience and has a 24,000 pounds towing capacity.
5- In the number five spot, you will find the Toyota RAV4 averaging 28 miles per gallon, starts at $21,721 and is the first in the small SUV class to offer the third row seating.
6 – The Acura RDX, starting at $31,043, is for people who that dream of a powerful sports car but also need something capable of hauling a family.
7 – The Audi Q5 with its blend of style and comfort has a starting price of $36,343.
8 – For a small SUV that is loaded with technology, practical and sleek, the Infiniti EX35 starting at $33,288 would fit the bill.
9 – Mercedes-Benz GLK does not lack any amenities, is for those who demand luxury and starts at $33,134.
10 – Number ten on the list is the Volvo XC90, known for their safety features and attention to detail averages 18 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.
These all have great numbers and beat most of the mid-size and large luxury vehicles in mileage. Add that to more leg room and storage capacity, plus being able to fold the back seat down to haul even larger items and you have a winner with any one of these.
Top Fuel Efficient SUVs – Mid-Size Category
1 – For the mid-size crossovers and SUV’s the Ford Flex comes in number one with its seven passenger seating capacity, built in refrigerator, starting at $29,130 and gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.
2 – The Honda Pilot has a starting price of $25,664, is very responsive and roomy.
3 – With a sportier look and more than adequate room for cargo and people, the Mazda CX-9 has a starting price of $26,715.
4 – Toyota’s Highlander is the lowest priced mid-size SUV starting at only $24,852 and easily blends handling, height, car-like driving and all-wheel drive.
5 – At a starting price of $44,575, the Audi Q7 is Audi’s biggest SUV plus has all-wheel drive and flawless interior. The highest priced in the mid-size class is the BMW X5 starting at $44,936. It is an all-wheel drive and has the excellence and luxury that is expected from BMW.
6 – Cadillac’s SRX has car-like comfort, beautiful styling and starts at $34,356.
7 – One of the smoothest riding SUVs is the Lexus KX 350, starting at $35,356 and gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.
The mid-size SUVs allow more manageability than the large SUVs yet more leg room and comfort than the smaller versions.
The Best Fuel Efficient SUVs – Large Category
1 – For the large category, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban two-wheel drive jointly hold the number one spot in fuel efficiency getting 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. Starting at $36,586 they are both stylish and comfortable.
2 – The Ford Expedition begins at $34,246 and has a flat third row seat. GMC’s Acadia is the lowest priced SUV in the full size category at $32,157 and is a very spacious three seat crossover.
3 – The Nissan Armada, starting at $35,768, has a very welcoming interior with many standard and optional features.
4 – Toyota’s Sequoia has a huge interior, three rows of seats and a starting price of $37,365.
5 – With power, luxurious comfort and an attitude, the Cadillac Escalade starts at $59,575.
6 – The Infinity QX56 with it generous amount of leather, wood and technology comes in with a beginning price of $47,937.
7 – The highest price in the large fuel efficient SUV class is the Lexus LX570 at $73,502. This one has cutting edge technology, an elegant passenger cabin and is probably the most skilled SUV on the road.
8 – Buick’s Enclave starting at $34,947 is quiet, and nicely contoured. Number ten in the large SUV category is the
9 – Mercedes-Benz GL class with its third row seat, all-wheel drive and combination of German, American and Mercedes technology and averages 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway.
The large class of SUVs are more expensive, but are designed for those who need to carry more cargo and/or passengers. Obviously the gas mileage goes down on the larger classes, but whatever your needs are, there is a there is certainly an SUV with the size and price to satisfy almost every customer.