Fuel Efficient Used SUV

Searching For A Fuel Efficient Used SUV?

You need a family friendly vehicle, but you cannot afford to buy new, and you do not want one with an incurable thirst for fuel. Is there a good, reliable, fuel efficient used SUV that will fit your family and your dollars?

As a matter of fact, you have plenty of choices. And the fuel efficiency issue should not terrify you: Several vehicles on various lists of fuel-efficient used SUVs are known to be more fuel efficient than many standard cars. In many cases, the vehicle’s options have an effect on its gas mileage. You may think you have a gem on your hands when you buy that used SUV with all the toys and that plush interior, but you may also want to think of which toys you can live without when buying, and whether you really need an interior that much like your living room to transport your family comfortably.

First, decide the size vehicle you want and the passenger and cargo capacity you think you need. Then, decide the fuel economy you can bear best. Ideally, you may want your SUV to get 20 miles per gallon on the highway or better, and 15 miles per gallon in city traffic or better. Depending on its prior life and maintenance, used SUV gas mileage should not be too different from the mileage when the vehicle was brand new.

Bear in mind as well that many SUVs with third-seat options allow you to remove that seat to increase cargo capacity if you need it, though this may have an impact on your fuel economy. And, once again, the fewer power-driven options or in-vehicle luxuries you can live with, the better your fuel economy will be.

Toyota and Honda – Cheap SUVs With Good Gas Mileage

Fuel Efficient Used SUV - Chevy Equinox

If you have a family of four or more and you don’t need a full or even a mid-size SUV, more than one list of fuel efficient used SUVs shows a Toyota used SUV and a Honda used SUV among the three best options. Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V pull up just behind the Chevrolet Equinox on these lists. The Equinox has been known to get as much as 32 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in city traffic, but it may be pricier on the used lots than the Toyota or Honda offerings.

Fuel Efficient Used SUV - Toyota Rav4

Both the RAV4 and the CR-V average 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city, but the RAV4 includes the third-seat option while the CR-V does not. The least expensive smaller vehicle that is considered the most fuel efficient used SUV is the four-cylinder Hyundai Tucson, whose rating is 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

Fuel Efficient Used SUV - Honda CRV

If you prefer a slightly larger vehicle but still want excellent gas mileage, there is a Honda fuel efficient used SUV among the best rated choices. In descending order, the top three in the category mid-size fuel efficient used SUV are the Ford Flex (seven-passenger seating, 24 mpg highway/17 mpg city), the Honda Pilot (23 mpg highway/17 mpg city, eight-passenger seating), or the Mazda CX-9 (21 mpg highway/15 mpg city, seven-passenger seating). When you hit the used lots, however, beware: the 2011 CX-9 was known to have brake fluid issues.

Most Fuel Efficient Used SUV, Full Size

Fuel Efficient Used SUV - Chevrolet Tahoe

However, if full size is what you want but reasonable fuel economy is what you demand, the best option is a choice between two Chevrolet offerings, the Tahoe and the Suburban, both of which get 21 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city, both major improvements over the pre-2007 versions which got 19 mpg highway. The major difference between the two is the Suburban’s longer wheelbase and thus slightly larger cargo capacity.

And while many used car buyers look for the higher-performance, higher-durability police package vehicles, this may not be a wise family option when hunting a used Tahoe or Suburban. The four-wheel-drive versions of both vehicles with police packages have been known to have rollover potential.

Essentially, cheap SUVs with good gas mileage are there for the buying, and the choices to find a fuel efficient used SUV are not as limited as you might have feared.

Fuel Efficient Used SUV – Chevy Equinox

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Image Source Chevy Equinox By Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Toyota Rav4 By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Honda CRV By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Chevrolet Tahoe By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons